In the first part of this tour of London’s historic pubs, we took you to underrated Holborn. Here are more hidden gems further east in the City.
Start in Clerkenwell at the Jerusalem Tavern: an 18th-century house made into a delightful pub with ales from St Peter’s brewery in Suffolk.
Wooden floors and panelling give it a rough, antique feel. The selection of beers is superb; if you don’t usually drink bitter, try the grapefruit wheat beer or the porter, or perhaps the honey mild.
The Old Cheshire Cheese in Fleet Street is a bit of an institution. Some of the panelling may go back to the 17th century; Doctor Johnson apparently drank here and the pub feels as if little has changed since then.
The Blackfriars in the City is a tremendous art nouveau style pub – like the Cittie of Yorke, a pub that evokes the medieval past.
Jolly little friars, mosaic, marble – it’s more like a Byzantine church than a pub! It has an unmissable interior with some good real ales on tap.
Where could you stay to make the most of the above? We can suggest several options which you could price-check using our metasearch tool.
The ultra-modern Andaz is close to several of the above pubs and has many nice little touches. It is rapidly climbing the TripAdvisor charts.
You may get good weekend rates as its core clientele is corporate.
As an added bonus the Andaz is also handy for S&M – recently featured as one of London’s best brunch venues and ideal for overcoming a hangover!
Alternatively, you could stay at one of London’s most innovative eco-friendly hotels, the Zetter – also near Islington’s gastro pubs. It’s in Clerkenwell and so pretty close to the Jerusalem Tavern mentioned above.
Finally, there’s also the Apex City of London which we’ve dubbed London’s best mid-price hotel due to its consistent TripAdvisor reviews.
All three of the hotels recommended above currently offer free WiFi.
Photo credits: Apex City of London (Apex Hotels), Andaz Hotel, Jerusalem Tavern (St Peter’s Brewery Co. Ltd).