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    The Spaniards Inn

    4.5
    13 reviews

    Also one of my favourite London pubs. Takes you back to the 16th century. Best in summer when you can use the garden area in the back, but a winner year around.

    Popular withLocalFamiliesHistory
  • 2

    Rules

    4
    6 reviews

    Tucked away In a small lane in Central London, this is claimed to be the oldest restaurant in London (1798). Yes this restaurant was even featured in Downton Abbey! This is the place to try traditional British food and game meat. Dress up for a change and savour the sights and flavours of a bygone era.

    Popular withHistoryLuxuryLocal
  • 3

    The Witchery

    what a special place, dark, historical, traditional menu, eat there at the evening that you go to the Tattoo, and you won't have to stand in line..you are already almost in front of the Castle!! also nice patio, great atmosphere, rather expensive.

    Popular withHistoryFoodiesLuxury
  • 4

    The Troubador

    4.5
    2 reviews

    I love this cafe. I used to frequent it when I was living in London. It is so atmospheric. The ceiling is filled with musical instruments and the walls are adorned with vintage signs and keys. The coffee is nothing to write home about. This place is ambience ambience ambience. Sit here and be inspired to write.

    Popular withHistoryLocalDesign
  • 5

    Orangery

    4
    3 reviews

    Expensive, but fun. We got the champagne package. The sandwiches and desserts are tasty, but the best part of this place is the atmosphere! Where else can you have high tea at a palace?

    Popular withFoodiesHistory
  • 6

    Hung Drawn & Quartered

    4
    2 reviews

    Great vintage pub with grizzly name near the Tower of London. Great place to watch Rugby and my bf at the time assured me the beers were 'pukka.' Nice place to go after a hot summer ay at the Tower. Not too touristed.

    Popular withHistoryLocalStudents
  • 7

    Pickerel

    3.5
    2 reviews

    Classic English pub with great beer. Even does Old Peculiar. Nice garden area as well. Local favourite near the river. Great atmosphere and not as heavily touristed as The Eagle or The Mill and/or Anchor.

    Popular withLocalHistoryBackpackers
  • 8

    The Eagle

    3.5
    3 reviews

    Pub with fun atmosphere celebrating the discovery of DNA which was announced here and also the American bar with flyers' names on the wall. Food mediocre and not spectacular beer, but must see for tourists.

    Popular withHistoryBusinessStudents
  • 9

    Dinner by Heston Blumenthal

    5
    7 reviews

    Mr. Burrell was searching for a great, typically British restaurant recommendation and this is his top choice. "Why? Because it is not ridiculously expensive and all the recipes are taken from ancient English cook books. He also owns my local pub and the food there is wonderfully good value!"

    Popular withFoodiesLuxuryHistory
  • 10

    The Wells Tavern

    4.5
    7 reviews

    Come for the hamburgers. Stay for the Leffe. This place is just a couple of blocks from the Hampstead Heath, so a great place to stop for a pint after a walk. Or before. Or both. It's an old pub that has been redone, with a great outdoor patio area

    Popular withFamiliesFoodiesHistory
  • 11

    The Fryers Delight

    4.5
    3 reviews

    You will find various old-school purveyors of fish and chips around London. We like the unassuming nature, great prices, and vintage sign of the Fryers' Delight. Bonus fact: the fish in fish and chips was originally breaded as a means of hygienic transport. The fish would then be "peeled" and eaten almost like a banana.

    Popular withBudgetFoodiesHistory
  • 12

    The Sheep Heid Inn

    4
    5 reviews

    This cosy pub is Scotland’s oldest!! Claims to have re-invigorated weary travellers since 1360! There's lots of history, not to mention a skittle alley & excellent food!

    Popular withHistoryLocal
  • 13

    The Carpenter's Arms

    4.5
    2 reviews

    Brilliant little pub steeped in history and was previously owned by the Kray twins. Small dogs are welcome. There's a lovely fire and a sheltered outside section round the back and most importantly it has a fantastic selection of global beers. If you're eating make sure to try the amazing scotch egg!

    Popular withHistory
  • 14

    The Gay Hussar

    4.5
    2 reviews

    The Gay Hussar (which roughly translates as a good-spirited Hungarian soldier) is an old Hungarian old restaurant perfect for wild cherry soup and smoked chicken pancakes. Synonymous with politics it’s a swirl of history, gossip and culture. Dine in the bookcase-lined ‘Mick Jagger suite’, a 12-square-foot room upstairs where the rock star was famously persuaded to stand for British parliament ...

    Popular withTrendstersLocalHistory
  • 15

    Holly Bush

    4.5
    7 reviews

    Tucked on a side street of Hampstead this is as atmospheric as it gets. A local pub with style. Drinking here you can feel the history and magic of Hampstead Village. The food is good. Go fur the pies - steak and ale is my favorite. Wander to the end of the street for an amazing view of the london ...

    Popular withLocalBackpackersHistory
  • 16

    The Wolseley

    4.5
    31 reviews

    If you want to experience how people having breakfast in 1920, you couldn't get closer than visiting The Wolseley. Located on the stretch of Piccadilly street, just next to the famous Ritz Hotel, it's always full with people who want to sample the delights this place has in store. Wolseley's interior is quite interesting, it features high ceiling with arches. ...

    Popular withFamiliesFoodiesHistory
  • 17

    Pieminister

    5
    8 reviews

    Great pies! Order your pie Mothership style to be served with peas, mash, crispy shallots and gravy. Be warned; it's a big meal!

    Popular withLocalFoodies
  • 18

    Pret A Manger

    4
    34 reviews

    Fresh food and reasonable prices. We ate lunch here more often than I would like to admit!

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  • 19

    Oxo Tower Restaurant

    4
    29 reviews

    Very luxurious, incredible food, incredible view - so worth a visit.

    Popular withLuxuryFoodiesBusiness
  • 20

    Duck & Waffle

    4.5
    16 reviews

    My all time favourite brunch place (also a great restaurant). Totally worth every penny - amazing panoramic view and deliciously filling food. Top score! Also open 24x7!

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