Many people visit the city of London to see the numerous famous buildings such as Big Ben and Westminster Abbey. However there is often a wealth of history and character that is overlooked in the form of the traditional London pub. Everything from small taverns that barely have enough room for a table to opulent establishments adorned with murals and original timber frames cover the city. History buffs can visit the Dog and Duck in Soho where it has been since 1734 or for something more macabre try the Ten Bells pub a reputed haunt for Jack the Ripper.
London’s traditional pubs are an important part of the city’s personality and in them you will find a diverse crowd made up of people from every walk of life. Poverty stricken students rub shoulders with high salaried financial executives and tourists sit on tables next to locals who consider the pub their second home. Almost every traditional pub in London will serve food of some type and many of the best dishes can be found in these establishments.
If you want to sample some traditional English food it is worth ordering something off of the pub menu. Dishes such as a ploughman’s lunch or cod and chips are usually available and reasonably priced in comparison to many of the restaurants.
Many of London’s traditional pubs have been converted into luxury boutique hotels and brewing companies like Fuller’s and Young’s offer rooms in a number of their pubs. An original alternative to London hotels the rooms are usually of a very high standard and include breakfast which is served downstairs in the main bar. Because many of the traditional pubs are in Victorian and Georgian buildings the hotel rooms are normally larger than the average hotel rooms with high ceilings and original fittings.
London’s traditional pubs play a great many roles in the social life of its residents. They can be a regular meeting place for clubs and societies, a favourite place for family Sunday lunch or the first stop on a night out in the city. For a quintessentially English experience visitors to London should step into one of the many traditional pubs they encounter on their visit.