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london pub crawl

A London Pub Guide. Every one of these pubs is in the historic pub registry as a nationally historic pub.
Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Unknown
Length: 0.3 miles
Duration: Unknown

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Points of Interest

1. Starting point

The Salisbury is one of London's jewels. Originally built in 1892 as a restaurant called the Salisbury Stores, evident by the double 'S' etched into the windows, it was transformed six years later into the glittering pub we see today. The 1890's was the boom decade for Victorian pubs and this refurbishment was an expensive and lavish affair.

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This is a real ale buff's dream, six regional ales on tap, plus a couple of polypins of perry and cider in the chiller. Most important of course, is turnover, and there's no shortage of that in this bustling little pub. The Harp's enthusiastic customers are a mix of office workers, shoppers, tourists and black polo-shirted stage hands from the... More

Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese is one of the few pubs in London that can justify the 'Ye Olde' in its name. It was well known in the 17th century and many pubs have previously occupied this site, one of them, the Horn Tavern is recorded in 1538. The earliest incarnation was a guest house belonging to a 13th century Carmelite Monastery, the pub's vaulted ... More

'Unique’ is a much overworked word when it comes to describing pubs. But that’s exactly what the Black Friar is. There’s nothing else anywhere remotely like its fabulous decorative scheme, either in style or content. On a sharply triangular site opposite Blackfriars station, the pub was built in about 1875, but what makes it so special is a... More

6. Ye Olde Mitre

(From Chancery Lane - go to Hatton Garden and look for the alleyway between 9 and 10; From Faringdon - walk into Ely Place and look for the alleyway near the first lampost on left hand side)

CAMRA Awards: East London and City CAMRA Pub of the Year 2006, 2008, 2010; Runner Up CAMRA London Regional Pub of the Year

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A truly remarkable pub. It was rebuilt in 1923-4 (possibly to designs by Ernest R. Barrow) and is a self-conscious, romantic evocation of an Olde Englande. Part of the nostalgic mythology of the world of drinking is the idea of good cheer and company in the medieval great hall or Tudor inn - such is what we have recreated here. Outside in the... More

ight by Tottenham Court Road Tube station, this is the last-remaining pub on whole length of Oxford Street and is busy morning, noon and night. It was built in 1892 in a Flemish Renaissance style to the designs of architects Saville & Martin (who also designed the Punch Tavern, EC4) and occupies a narrow plot which no doubt reflects a long... More

An amazing survivor from the days when Southwark was a major terminus for the coaching trade between London and southern England. The George was rebuilt in 1676 after a major fire in Southwark and is the last galleried coaching inn in London – but even this is but a fragment of its former self. It used to extend round the four sides of a... More

10. Windsor Castle

A well known pub for this affluent neighbourhood, the Windsor Castle is the most complete surviving example of an inter-war version of the survival of Victorian-type drinking arrangements right down to the 1930s. This plain, two-storey building of around 1825 sits at the summit of Campden Hill Road and was refitted about 1933. We know this because... More

11. The Victoria

Between Paddington Station and Hyde Park, this Fuller’s-owned corner-site pub has some very early and spectacular fittings. Such was the amount of pub renovation at the end of the 19th century and since, that any fittings before the late-Victorian era are incredibly rare. Those at the Victoria are stylistically mid-Victorian and a precise date –... More