Title: London's Oldest Pubs (allegedly!)
Creator: BobOs .
In the early fourteenth century, there were 354 taverns in the city, but London lost lots of pubs in the Great Fire which is why so many of the city’s oldest pubs date to around 1667. This is a stroll around some of London's oldest surviving inns.
|The Old Bell Tavern (1)|
|Dating to 1667 or thereabouts, this is one of the pubs claimed to be built by Sir Christopher Wren himself, for the use of builders working at nearby churches - in this case St Brides.|
|Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese (2)|
|The current building was built in 1667 after the Great Fire, but there was a pub here called the Horn in 1538 and the cellar dates to a thirteenth-century monastery.|
|Ye Olde Watling (3)|
|Said to be built from old ships' timbers by Sir Christopher Wren circa 1668 and he is said to have used the upstairs rooms as a drawing office during the building of St Paul's Cathedral.|
|The George (4)|
|In 1676, the George was rebuilt after a serious fire that destroyed most of medieval Southwark. Now the only surviving galleried London coaching inn.|
|Seven Stars (5)|
|Built in 1602 and situated in back streets behind the law courts.|
|Lamb & Flag (6)|
|First licensed in 1623, it's the oldest in Covent Garden. The brick front and upper floors are 19th century but its core is from the late 17th century.|