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Kelly and I are keeping a list of historic pubs we'd like to visit when we go to London in 2013. Feel free to comment or suggest another.

Shout out to Peter Haydon & Tim Hampson's London's Best Pubs: A Guide To London's Most Interesting And Unusual Pubs.


  • The Black Lion, Plaistow High Street, Plaistow E13 0AD Reconstructed 280 years ago, this 600 year old pub has a boxing association, former stables house the kitchen, and the cellars were used as WWII air raid shelters (and were once smugglers tunnels)
  • Fox & Anchor, 115 Charterhouse Street, Clerkenwell EC1M 6AA We actually are considering staying here, too. There are rooms. It won an English Heritage award for restoration.  
  • The Viaduct Tavern, 126 Newgate Street, Holborn EC1A 7AA This pub has cellars made up of former Newgate Prison cells, a ghost, and was Oscar Wilde's hangout while he was on trial at Old Bailey
  • Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese, 145 Fleet Street, City of London EC4A 2BU It dates from the Great Fire of London in 1666 and had customers like Samuel Johnson, Charles Dickens, David Garrick, Alfred Lord Tennyson, WM Thackeray, Mark Twain, Teddy Roosevelt, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and WB Yeats. 
  • The Wenlock Arms, 26 Wenlock Road, City of London N1 7TA This is near where we plan to stay in a rather quiet corner of London, but supposedly has a fabulous real-ale selection plus music. 

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