There's no doubt that London is a very old region, with records suggesting that it's nearly 2000 years old.

Through that time, London has seen a lot from the Romans, the Tudors, the Black Plague, the Blitz, the Olympics, Live Aid to the new Millenium and endless Monarchs. 

But among those near 2000 years are some buildings that have remained ever-present and are not set to go away time soon.

Pubs have always been a place that attracts hard workers to enjoy some relaxing time with a pint or two.

Many of those historic pubs are still standing in London, while some are now fancy homes, there are a select few dating back to the 1400s still serving drinks to punters today.

Whether you're a history buff or fancy trying out a new pub in London, these are five of the oldest pubs in the region you can still visit for a pint.

5 of the oldest pubs in London you can still visit

Ye Olde Mitre

Location: 1 Ely Ct, Ely Pl, London EC1N 6SJ

Ye Olde Mitre dates all the way back to 1546 and is famous for being tucked away in a hidden alley in the busy spot of Holborn.

Welcoming patrons for centuries, Ye Olde Mitre is made of ancient oak beams that although look tiny on the outside, it is somewhat a Tardis on the inside.

Legend has it, Queen Elizabeth, I once visited the pub and enjoyed a drink, so you never know, you could be sitting in a royal spot.


Location: 30 Bruton Pl, London W1J 6NL

Mayfair's Guinea dates back to 1423 with records sharing that an inn has stood in the same spot since then.

Now, Guinea is known for serving a great selection of beers and having mouth-watering grass-fed Scotch beef steaks that earned it the title of "London’s original steakhouse since 1952".

On the online review site, Tripadvisor, one guest said: "Thoroughly enjoyed a few beers in the pub followed by incredible steak and wine in the restaurant. Will be back again soon. An institution!"

The Seven Stars

Location: 53 Carey St, London WC2A 3QS

The Seven Stars in Aldwich is set on Carey Street and still retains much of its original character with its wooden beams, fireplaces and hidden nooks.

Dating back to the 17th century, The Seven Stars has been the go-to pub for many famous faces including author Charles Dickens.

The Grade II listed property is described as having "welcoming" staff and a very friendly resident cat known as The General.

The Old Bell Tavern

Location: 95 Fleet St, Greater, London EC4Y 1DH

Set in the centre of Fleet Street, The Old Bell Tavern also dates back to the 17th century and due to its location is often visited by journalists over the years.

Featuring old wooden beams with open fireplaces, mirrors, leather seating and impressive stained glass windows, you can easily sit back and enjoy a pint.

The Old Bell Tavern serves an array of drinks and has received a lot of praise for its food with speciality pies and more.

The Grapes

Location: 76 Narrow St, London E14 8BP

Limehouses' The Grapes is likely best known for now being owned by Sir Ian McKellen, but it's actually one of the oldest pubs in London standing for more than 500 years.

With a classic pub feel from its dark wooden panelling, impressive lampshades, red carpet and steep stairs The Grapes stands on the banks of the Thames.

One guest said: "Excellent local pub. Perfect vibe to chat with locals and enjoy a variety of ale & beer. Go for the Sunday roast if you are able. The garden in the back is lovely and dogs are welcome."