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London's Best Historical Pubs – The Ultimate Pub Tour

The city of London boasts a number of historical pubs which are great places to enjoy a relaxed drink. Each offers a distinctive ambience and an enjoyable experience that will captivate the visitor.


The Nag's Head

This laidback rather traditional pub is located in proximity to the renowned Harrods and Knightsbridge shopping district but presents an entirely different atmosphere. Even the location of this pub, situated on an unpretentious mews makes it something of a discovery for visitors. After entering this pub you will notice a quaint but charming mixture of portraits, pewter mugs, bric-a-brac and other curiosities. This establishment is a great place to experience what a pub must have been like in London in times gone by. This is definitely an old school kind of pub that will appeal to those who appreciate tradition.


The Grenadier

Originally constructed as long ago as 1720, this venue initially served as an officers' mess for the regiment of Foot Guards. It was converted into a pub in the year 1818. According to rumour the Duke of Wellington was in the habit of frequenting the pub for refreshments. There are also those who say that the establishment is visited by the ghost of a soldier who was killed after attempting to cheat in a card game! The Grenadier with its comfortable interior is frequented by numerous socialites who desire to unwind in a typical English pub and enjoy a pint and lunch.


The Star Tavern

The Star Tavern located in Belgravia is a well-known establishment that has been visited by many celebrities over the years, including Diana Dors, Peter O' Toole and Alexander Korda. Dating from the early years of the 19th century this attractive pub is perhaps best known for the role that it played in an infamous event of the 20th century; the Great Train Robbery! It is said that the conspirators plotted their crime in the lavish upstairs chamber of the pub. Today The Star Tavern remains a grand, alluring establishment featuring a fine range of Fuller's beer. As you experience this outstanding pub a discerning choice of accommodation would be a London boutique hotel such as The Halkin by COMO, London which is also located in Belgravia.


The French House

This attractive pub in Soho boasts a rich historical legacy, with it having been connected with the nation of France through the course of time. However its first landlord was in fact a German who was eventually deported from the country after the commencement of hostilities in World War I. Meanwhile during World War II this pub served as a rendezvous place for the French Resistance, which included General de Gaulle. In later years the pub's clientele included a number of individuals noted for their Bohemian tastes. Even today this pub features a discernible French touch, with alcohol being served in French measurements.


The Dog and Duck

This is another splendid pub in Soho which is renowned as the haunt of choice of literary figures such as George Orwell, who often drank here. The interior of this pub features a remarkable Victorian appearance, with impressive mirrors and ornate tiling. In the former incarnation of the pub – at the same location – people such as Dante Gabriel Rossetti and John Constable frequented it. The pub as it exists now was constructed in 1897. The Dog and Duck has also been visited by the singer Madonna.