Visiting a pub is one of the most typically English of activities. For centuries this has been where people gather, enjoy a drink and relax. Wherever you’ve booked a few days in the capital – potentially in one of the fantastic Aparthotels London, you are never far from a pub. From historic drinking places to sophisticated bars, there is something for everyone.
Flags fly outside the French House in Soho – it can also be recognized immediately by the clusters of drinkers spilling out from the bar and standing chatting on the pavement outside. Expect a busy, lively, vibrant pub. It’s got a lot of history too attached to it. This was Charles de Gaulle’s local when he lived in London, other famous drinkers include Francis Bacon and Dylan Thomas. It has its quirks too – food is only available in the day time and all the beer is served only in halves. Don’t ask for a pint!
Crossing over to Holborn, try the Princess Louise. This is one of London’s real old time pubs. It is very popular with the after work crowd and is well worth a visit. Full of original Victorian décor, it has what can only be describe as a labyrinth of Victorian frosted glass booths. You can try some local brews here such as the Sam Smith’s Oatmeal Stout.
Moving northwards to St Pancras, the Queen’s Head is a very traditional pub where you can truly relax in comfort. People staying in Presidential Apartments Marylebone will have no problem getting to the location. Enjoy a game of dominoes while sipping a pint of beer or glass of wine. If you like jazz, drop in on Thursdays when live traditional jazz players provide a musical backdrop.
Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese is one of Fleet Street’s most well known landmarks and is definitely worth a visit by anyone wanting to experience a taste of old London. This is a pub which has been around for hundreds of years as it has been trading since the 1600’s. Charles Dickens is just one of the many famous people who have enjoyed a convivial evening here. Try and find a seat in one of the many tiny rooms that make up this very atmospheric pub, relax and enjoy an evening much as people have been doing for centuries.
Cross over London Bridge and walk down Borough High Street to find The George Inn, one of the oldest pubs in London. It is quite unique. There has been a pub here for centuries even longer than the Olde Cheshire Cheese. It is said that this was the site of a drinking house frequented by William Shakespeare, whose company sometimes performed plays in the courtyards. With its unusual galleries around the outside walls, it is easy to see how people could have watched a group of players outside.
Thankfully, there are many Holiday Apartments in London where you can drop your luggage off, relax, then catch a bus or ride the tube to the nearest point of interest.