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5 London Bars That Are Worth A Visit

5 London Bars That Are Worth A Visit

In Scotland I use to do a bit of Munroe bagging and for those that don’t know what that is, look it up on Google. Unfortunately there aren’t too many big hills in or around London that offer much of a challenge. However I have found something just as fun to do, if not even more fun and that is historic pub bagging in London. It is a tough challenge to try and find bars in London that meet my very strict criteria and then down a few pints in them, it is a tough life sometimes!

There are thousands of Bars in London and a select handful of them have some special significance associated to them, and by that I mean they have some history or something unique that they are renowned for. And London sure doesn’t let you down as far as finding interesting bars to drink in, that have a wee story behind them.

Maybe my girlfriend thinks that my new hobby is just an excuse to go for a few pints in some old London Bars, but for me it is a lot more than just going for a few measly pints. It more to do with visiting bars in London that have some sort of history associated with them, whether it was something that happened hundreds of years ago or more recently and the buzz you get from it.

5 London Bars That Are Worth A Visit

1.The Dove, 19 Upper Mall, Hammersmith, London, W6 9TA

The Dove pub is a historic 17th century pub where James Thomson who wrote “Rule Britannia lodged and supposedly died. It has also had a few famous people drink in it and I don’t mean the odd celebrity that is famous for nothing much, Ernest Hemmingway and Graham Greene have drank here. The Dove also has the smallest bar in Britain and is listed in the Guinness Book of Records at a tiny 4ft. 2ins by 7ft. 10 ins

2.The Freemason Arms, 81-82 Long Acre, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 9NG

The Freemason Arms was where the Football Association of England was founded in 26th of October 1863. A pub in London, with real sporting heritage in its soul and it shows you the good things that come from beer, my girlfriend take heed.

3. George Inn, 77 Borough High Street, Southwark, London SE1 1NH

The George Inn is a real gem of London pub and it is the last remaining galleried Inn in London. George Dickens was a regular visitor to this Inn and it was mentioned by him in “Little Dorrit”.

4. The Star Tavern, 6 Belgrave Mews West, Belgravia,London, SW1X 8HT

The Star Tavern is famous as supposedly being the bar from which the Great Train Robbery was planned. It was built in the early 19th century to cater for the servants of the many Great Houses in Belgravia.

5. Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese, 145 Fleet St., City of London, EC4 A 2

The Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese is one of the oldest pubs in London, know one knows for sure, which pub is truly the oldest. The pub was rebuilt shortly after “The Fire of London” and there was a pub on the site many years before that. Royalty, Prime Ministers, Ambassadors and famous people from throughout history have frequented this historic London pub.

There we have it 5 historic pubs in London, all of which are worth visiting and have a unique place in the fabric of London. Why not make it a real challenge and visit them all in the same day. I think that is the best idea I have had in a long time.

One Comment

  1. wow…next visit i will bring this list ….lol…….