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Visiting a pub is a quintessential London experience, and a great mid-afternoon or evening break after touring the Tower and riding the Eye. But instead of the modern gastropub with a menu full of fusion, consider a more traditional establishment. These pubs with a past are the perfect place to quench your thirst with a hand-pulled pint and a drink in the history.

Black Friar
A step from Blackfriars Tube stop, this spectacular pub has an Arts-and-Crafts interior that is entertainingly, satirically ecclesiastical, with inlaid mother-of-pearl, wood carvings, stained glass, and . . . Read more.

Dove Inn
Read the list of famous ex-regulars, from Charles II and Nell Gwyn to Ernest Hemingway, as you wait for a beer at this smart, comely, and very popular 16th-century riverside pub by . . . Read more.

French House
In the pub where the French Resistance convened during World War II, Soho hipsters and eccentrics rub shoulders now with theater people and the literati . . . Read more.

The Holly Bush
A short walk up the hill from Hampstead Tube station, the friendly Holly Bush was once a country pub before London spread this far north. It retains something of a rural feel—there’s . . . Read more.

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The Lamb
Charles Dickens and his contemporaries drank here, but today’s enthusiastic clientele make sure this intimate pub avoids the pitfalls of feeling too . . . Read more.

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