London Pubs

London’s almost 4,000 pubs are woven into social, cultural and historic fabric of the city

In London, pubs form the ubiquitous recreational backdrop against which so much of the drama of public life unfolds. While indelibly embedded into the historic fabric of the city, they persist as vibrant, living amenities that are a vital ingredient of London’s contemporary cosmopolitan lifestyle. The architecture of London’s pubs also charts the social evolution of the city. From the modest medieval inns and taverns that were configured as functional extensions of the domestic homestead to the gilded salons of the Victorian age deliberately appointed to attract the wealthy mercantile classes, London’s pubs are a miniaturised metaphor for the socio-economic climate of their day. 

1   BIG BEN / PARLIAMENT

2   BRITISH MUSEUM

3   BUCKINGHAM PALACE

4   GHERKIN

5   LONDON EYE

6   OLYMPIC PARK

7   ST. PAUL'S CATHEDRAL

8   SHARD

9   TATE MODERN

10  TOWER OF LONDON /

      TOWER BRIDGE

11  TRAFALGAR SQUARE

12  WESTMINSTER ABBEY

ALL WALKS KEY:

STYLES / PERIODS Featured

GO   GOTHIC / PRE-

         MEDIEVAL

 CL    CLASSICAL

MO   MODERN /

        CONTEMPORARY

LANDMARKS Featured

London Pubs: City

Submerged in an ancient, Dickensian maze of hidden alleyways and winding lanes, London’s oldest district has some of its most historic pubs

WALK START LOCATION:      Monument tube station (Fish Street Hill Exit) / Map

WALK ENDS: Fleet Street

London Pubs: Covent Garden

With its lively and cosmopolitan street culture, Covent Garden offers some of London’s most popular historic and contemporary pubs

WALK START LOCATION:      Holborn tube station / Map

WALK ENDS: Near Trafalgar Square

 
 

London Pubs: River

Stunning views and converted warehouses form the charismatic backdrop to London’s string of historic riverside pubs

WALK START LOCATION:      London Bridge tube station (Borough High Street East Exit) / Map

WALK ENDS: Near Blackfriars

London Pubs: Westminster

Overlooked by hulking monuments to monarchy, church and state, Westminster's historic pubs provide a charming domestic counterfoil to the civic grandeur that surrounds them

WALK START LOCATION:      Westminster tube station (Exit 4) / Map

WALK ENDS: Victoria Street

 
 

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