When it comes to tradition and culture, the capital of United Kingdom has lots to offer. Today, we would like to share with you this list made of 5 of London’s oldest pubs. Some of them were founded when most of the modern states didn’t exist. So, if you are a beer lover and plan to visit London, make sure to visit at least one of these wonderful pubs:
The Mayflower Pub, Rotherhithe
Founded in 1550: Mayflower is the name of the ship that brought the first settlers from England to the New World. This half-a millennium old pub respects the marine thematic, as invocation of its naval namesake. You would be meet and greet by model ships, ropers, rifles, and pulleys; anything that will capture the atmosphere of an Old World vessel.
It makes for a cozy and secluded interior when the weather is gloomy; when the rare sunny days allow it, the deck with an amazing view of Thames is open for guests. As to honor the nautical theme to the end, their home brew is called Scurvy and it is served in tankards;
The Prospect of Whitby, Wapping
Founded in 1520: this tavern, formerly known under the name of Devil’s Tavern, is known for being the hidey-hole of people without a dose of healthy respect for the law. Once patroned by pirates and smuggles, in the past decades it was the favorite haunt of famous Hollywood actors such as Richard Burton. Its old-timey décor is accented by a noose hanging from the balcony, in honor of the Hanging Judge who would come for a pint after a day’s hard work. Even the name of their most renowned ale is eerie-Doom Bar;
The Grapes, Limehouse
Founded in 1583: the newest owner is Sir Ian McKellen, known as Gandalf in the Lord of the Rings Trilogy. The décor is graced of a life-size statue of the said wizard, accompanied by the volumes of Charles Dickens, a once patron of the pub. Located in area that once was considered shady and dangerous, today it is a cozy, dainty place where beer is hand pumped. If you want to give it a try, order the Marston’s Pedigree Pale Ale.
The George Inn, Southwark
Founded in 1677: today this pub is in the ownership of the National Trust. As for its historical background, it dates back to 1543, when it was a Medieval road inn. The passenger waiting room is now converted into the Old Bar, while the Middle Room and The Gallery are established on the second floor.
The décor is made of exposed beams, hanging tapestries, and framed maps and portrait of famous persons. Among these portraits are the images of David Beaton, the Archbishop of St. Andrews from 1539-1546 and William Shakespeare, both of them are believed to be once visitors of the pub. If the road takes you nearby, make sure to order a pint of their George Ale, a brew made by Greene King brewery especially for this pub.