TRA­DI­TIONAL PUBS

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The Black­friar

This Grade II-listed Art Nou­veau pub, which opened more than 100 years ago, of­fers cask ales. www.nichol­son­spubs.co.uk. 174 Queen Vic­to­ria St, EC4V 4EG. T: 020-7236 5474. E9. Sta­tion: Black­fri­ars.

Cit­tie of Yorke

The dark nooks and cran­nies, rafted roof and chim­ney-less fire in this Grade II-listed build­ing take you back to 1430. En­joy a pint in the tra­di­tional pub for a real taste of his­toric London. 22 High Hol­born, WC1 6BN. T: 020-7242 7670. D9. Sta­tion: Chancery Lane.

The Dog and Duck

A real-ale pub with reg­u­larly chang­ing cask beers, as well as pub food and bar snacks. www.ni­chol­sons pubs.co.uk. 18 Bate­man St, W1D 3AJ. T: 020-7494 0697. D7. Sta­tion: Tot­ten­ham Court Road.

The Flask

This 17th-cen­tury pub boasts By­ron and Shel­ley as past pa­trons and is al­legedly haunted. www.the flaskhigh­gate.com. 77 High­gate West Hill, N6 6BU. T: 020- 8348 7346. Off map. Sta­tion: High­gate.

The French House

No mu­sic, TV or mo­bile phones makes this cosy Soho pub a real gem. www.french­hous­esoho.com. 49 Dean St, W1D 5BG. T: 020-7437 2477. D7. Sta­tion: Tot­ten­ham Court Rd.

The George Inn

This his­toric pub was es­tab­lished dur­ing the me­dieval pe­riod and still re­tains its orig­i­nal coach­ing houses. www.na­tion­al­trust.org.uk/ george-inn. 75-77 Bor­ough High St, SE1 1NH. T: 020-7407 2056. E10. Sta­tion: London Bridge.

The Guinea

Site of an inn since 1423, this was where wealthy May­fair’s sta­ble hands and ser­vants used to drink. www.theguinea.co.uk. 30 Bru­ton Place, W1J 6NL. T: 020-7409 1728. E6. Sta­tion: Bond Street.

The Mag­pie & Stump

This pub, op­po­site the Old Bailey, dates back to the 1500s, and once dou­bled up as a pub­lic view­ing spot for hang­ings at New­gate Prison. www.mag­pie­and­s­tump.com. 18 Old Bailey, EC4M 7EP. T: 020-7248 5085. B8. Sta­tion: St Paul’s.

The Punch­bowl

The pop­u­lar May­fair-based pub-restau­rant was once owned by film di­rec­tor Guy Ritchie. En­joy a va­ri­ety of ales in the unique, classy sur­round­ings. www.punch­bowl­lon­don.com. 41 Farm St, W1J 5RP. T: 0207- 493 6841. E6. Sta­tion: Green Park.

The Spa­niards Inn

Fol­low in the foot­steps of past reg­u­lars, in­clud­ing high­way­man Dick Turpin and nov­el­ist Charles Dick­ens, at this his­toric pub, which is one of the old­est in London. www.thes­paniard­shamp­stead. co.uk. Spa­niards Rd, NW3 7JJ. T: 020- 8731 8406. Off map. Sta­tion: Hamp­stead.

Waxy O’Con­nor’s

Long­stand­ing, huge Ir­ish bar, com­pris­ing four bars over six lev­els. It shows Ire­land’s ma­jor sport­ing events on big screens. www.waxyo connors.co.uk. 14-16 Ru­pert St, W1D 6DD. T: 020-7287 0255. E7. Sta­tion: Pic­cadilly Cir­cus.

Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese

This land­mark pub has wood-pan­elled walls and vaults that are thought to date back to a 13th-cen­tury Carmelite monastery which once stood here. 145 Fleet St, EC4A 2BU. T: 020-7353 6170. D9. Sta­tion: Black­fri­ars.

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