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Old Man Pubs: Top 10 Best Quiet Locals

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A recent trend has seen many of London's traditional old time pubs being ripped out and replaced by retro bars, gastropubs, theme pubs and chain pubs. Many of them had certainly reached their shelf life and improvement was definitely needed, but there may still be some of you that enjoy a pub with antique wood walls, gnarly tables and the odd fireplace; Dick Turpin style. Here is your guide to the Top 10 Best Traditional Pubs in London to set you in right direction.

By Paul Caffell.

Image courtesy of Flickr user Tinou Bao.

Image of Counting House

City of London
Bar
Pub

Bank - This old pub (former bank, in Bank, where else?) has loads of character and characters. The walk around bar is a classic feature. As is the classic range of beers and ales on tap (well, it is a Fullers pub). The breed of old men that this pub is particularly popular with is the bolding, suited variety from upper management. So if you cant talk number crunching and derivatives, best to stay well away.

Image of The Holly Bush

Hampstead
Bar / Restaurant
British

Image of The Lamb & Flag

West End
Bar

Image of The Pride of Spitalfields

Brick Lane
Bar
Eclectic

Spitalfield - The Pride is a traditional boozer - small, friendly and cozy, with good beer and an unpretentious, sound clientel bass.

Image of The Blue Anchor

City of London
Bar / Restaurant
Pub

The City - The Blue Anchor is a typical English pub in the City of London that focuses on homemade food such as roasts, pies and sausage and mash. Apparently Winston Churchill used to enjoy relaxing in this pub with a pint, a pie and his customary cigar during the air raids.

Image of The George Inn Yard

London Bridge & Bermondsey
Bar

London Bridge - Owned by none other than the National Trust, The George is a truly fine example of Ye Old English pub, seek this baby out and take a step back in time.

Image of The French House Dining Room

Soho
Bar / Restaurant
Modern Eclectic

Soho - Not your quintessential English boozer this one but as pubs go it's got plenty of historical character, and plenty of characters who are historical. This is a strictly 'no pint glasses and no mobile phones' sort of vibe and the mix of French and British customs works in a flamboyant manner, perfect for the Soho crowd really.

Image of The Barley Mow

Shoreditch
Bar

Shoreditch - Old men, for sure, but of a slightly more rockier style. The Dads of Shoreditch Twats.

Image of Wenlock Arms

Shoreditch
Bar
Pub

Shoreditch - A traditional pub serving pub food & real ale, with live music, darts and quizz nights. Quality!

Image of The Blue Posts

Soho
Bar

Soho - Hidden behind a weight of flowers in the heart of Soho, The Blue Posts has reasonably priced drinks, cricket quietly playing on the TV and a gas fire with the coalbunker beside for the authentic touch.

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