Central London Pubs: Historic Watering Holes
september 11, 2018

Change, There are quite literally hundreds of pubs in Central London: old historic bars, shiny gleaming bars and and tourist traps. I don’t mind shiny gleaming bars when the stars are aligned correctly, I love old pubs with a bit of character and tourist traps I try to avoid like the plague.

During the eight years I have called London my home I have walked thousands of miles around my adopted home and I have visited a quite a few… in fact a lot of pubs. After one of my many adventures, I liked nothing better than a couple of pints of beer and a seat to recharge my batteries before I headed home.

I haven’t visited every pub in Central London, however I have visited a fair few. Today I’m going to share with you some of my favourite old school pubs…


5 Old School London Pubs Worth a Visit


The Crown: Located a stones throw Oxford Street, this is a Sam Smiths gem of a pub. A real traditional kind of watering hole which serves a delicious pint of stout… in fact the lager isn’t too bad either.

The Harp: From the outside this pub looks like a real old school watering hole, when you step inside you get what you expect. The Harp is the kind bar I would love to have as a local, they always have a fantastic, well kept selection of ales. Located on Chandos Place.

Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese: To name, but a few Samuel Johnson, Mark Twain, Arthur Conan Doyle, Lord Tennyson and Charles Dickens were supposedly all regulars at The Cheese. A real step back in time. Well worth taking a visit to Fleet Street for…

Ye Olde Mitre Tavern: Supposedly one of the hardest pubs to find in London, tucked down Ely Place… a bit of myth if you ask me, never the less this is a nice, traditional real ale pub you must visit.

John Snow: A traditional Soho old school pub offering booze at a fair price… it could only be a Sam Smiths boozer.


The 5 central London pubs I have featured today, may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but I like them. A pint of ale after a tough day at work or sightseeing around London, I think you have earned a pint or two…


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