Dirty Dick’s, EC2M

202 Bishopsgate City of London EC2M4NR

Liverpool Street (Central, Circle, Hammersmith and city)

Ambience: Many pubs in England have a slightly suggestive tint to their name, but  Dirty Dick’s bypasses the cheeky undertones and hits you with the hammer of naughtiness. The varied crowd gave this place a great feel though, and quietened my giggling thoughts. With the mix of old and young it almost seemed that the younger generation were on their best behaviour in the presence of this old pub.

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The Cockpit Tavern, EC4

The Cockpit Tavern Entrance

7 St. Andrew’s Hill, Blackfriars, City of London, EC4V 5BY

St.Pauls (Central Line), Blackfriars (rail), City Thameslink (rail)

Ambience: An extremely small yet cosy pub situated in the heart of the old city neighbouring St.Pauls Cathedral, The Cockpit Tavern is a modest establishment. The type of boozer one bursts into to avoid the hustle and bustle of city life to unwind with a slow beer. Clientele consists of city bankers clad in suave suits giving a sense of sophistication to a pub, which aesthetically lacks it. Continue reading

Ye Olde Mitre, EC1N

Ye Olde Mitre, 1 Ely Court, London, EC1N6SJ

Farringdon (Metropolitan, Hammersmith & City, Circle lines), Chancery Lane (Central line)

Ambience:  Tiny and old.  This pub makes you feel like you just walked through a magical wall into the Leaky Cauldron.  Lots of small and crooked little rooms, full of small and crooked mismatched chairs. Reminds you how people of yore were smaller then we are today, watch your head as you wander through this tiny maze of a pub.

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Ye Olde Cock Tavern, EC4

Some of the Yesterbeer team celebrating St. Patrick's Day at Ye Olde Cock Tavern, Fleet Street.

Ye Olde Cock Tavern, 22 Fleet Street, London, EC4Y 1AA

Temple (District, Circle lines), Chancery Lane (Central line), Blackfriars (Rail)

Ambience: Possibly Fleet Street’s narrowest building, Ye Olde Cock Tavern is one of the area’s oldest pubs. Despite its traditional 17th Century exterior, the interior is rather bland (which could be due to the fire it suffered in 1990) and the tavern is now part of the Young’s chain of public houses. Having said that, the Tavern exudes a homeliness and warmth, no doubt down to its very long and narrow set-up. Don’t be fooled, it may look small but it has three floors in which to house its beer-guzzling patrons! Be warned though, during weekdays post 5:30pm, Ye Olde Cock Tavern will fill to the brim with nearby office workers and the occasional tourist. It’s loud, bustling and bright – great for a busy catch-up with friends (or as part of our Fleet Street Pub Crawl), but don’t come here if you want a quiet drink.  Mid-afternoons and weekends; however, it’s less chaotic.

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Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese, EC4

Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese, Wine Office Court, 145 Fleet Street, City of London, London EC4A 2BU

Temple (District, Circle lines), Chancery Lane (Central line), Blackfriars (Rail)

Ambience: With its ‘Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese’ lantern glowing in the night, like a moth to a flame, you can’t help but want to walk inside. Down a little alleyway from the main Fleet Street is where you’ll find this pub, oozing dark, unspoilt character, small cosy bars, stairways, cellars and old signs and paintings – it’s like taking a step back in time.  It was certainly our favourite stop on our Fleet Street Pub Crawl.

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The Tipperary, EC4

The Tipperary Irish pub on Fleet Street.

The Tipperary, 66 Fleet Street, London EC4Y 1HT

Temple (District, Circle lines), Chancery Lane (Central line), Blackfriars (Rail)

Ambience: What better way to spend St. Patrick’s Day than in a 400-year old Irish pub! It was full, loud and buzzing with conversation – a mix between after-work suits and those enjoying the luck of the Irish! With its long and narrow traditional build, it is genearlly standing room only. On this night, during our Fleet Street Pub Crawl, it was particularly rammed both downstairs and up on its second floor, but this only added to its likeabilty. Its dark wood panelling and shamrock mosaics on the floor, give this pub a very homely feel and I admit, it felt very ‘Irish’!

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Nell Gwynne Tavern, WC2

Nell Gwynne Tavern. 2 Bull inn Court, WC2.

Charing Cross (Bakerloo & Northern line, National Rail), Embankment (District line), Covent Garden (Piccadilly line).

Ambience: Tucked away from the main drag of The Strand, Nell Gwynne feels like you’re nipping back to Victorian London for a cheeky half. I arrived at lunchtime and shared the bar with a slightly demented woman who talked to me about my star sign. The place is quaint but definitely has its own personality.

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