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Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese

Fleet Street, London
  • Marianna G.
    "Very nice cellar bar and atmosphere!"(8 Tips)
    Andrew M.
    "The oldest pub in London, and one of the coolest."(6 Tips)
    Angela K.
    "Excellent Samuel Smiths on tap."(4 Tips)
    New York Habitat
    "footsteps of Charles Dickens"(4 Tips)
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  • Carl G.
    Beautiful atmospheric pub. Loads of little interesting rooms to drink in. Listed in the National inventory of historic pub interiors. Great beer.
  • Dens
    DensMarch 1
    Definitively the best in the "Ye Olde" category of pubs. Btw rumor has been around since 1538. Pull up the Wikipedia page and read it aloud to your buddies!
  • Daniel M.
    Daniel McDonoughFebruary 21
    Awesome pub with a great cask selection. Pretty big space. Def worth a visit.
  • Leo C.
    Leo C.February 15
    Sure, it's got history, but this place stinks and I'm not a fan of Sam Smith beers. Tall folks watch out, you'll clip your head in the low areas.
  • Alastair H.
    Alastair HiltonDecember 16, 2015
    Looks to be shut down from the main road but access via the alley way and enter another world. A proper old pub, not just a tourist attraction
  • Andy F.
    Andy FurbyNovember 30, 2015
    Old fashioned, good for somewhere different an tourists, Sam smiths beer though, you need to like it or not mind it, that's all they sell
  • Const H.
    Const HtNovember 24, 2015
    The oldest pub of London, rebuilt in 1667 after the big fire. Go downstairs to discover different rooms. Serves Samuel Smith's beers.
  • Jasvinder K.
    Jasvinder KheraOctober 30, 2015
    Probably my favourite pub in London, such unsymmetrical, oddly shaped rooms, it's great!
  • Jason S.
    Jason SmithOctober 13, 2015
    Lovely old pub with lots of character. Great beer. The food is delicious. What's not to like? It's like going to the museum while having a beer and great meal all in one.
  • Stacy S.
    Stacy SeahJuly 1, 2015
    Panini is not typical English but we had one of the best lunch here ... Tomato, basil and mozzarella panini with corn chips (only available before 5pm)
  • Stacy S.
    Stacy SeahJuly 1, 2015
    Steak and ale pie, one of the classics to try
  • Stacy S.
    Stacy SeahJuly 1, 2015
    Worth a visit if you r in London. Small meals are served downstairs in the cellar bar. Beer and cider on the tap. If u r really hungry, dining area at street level serves the main courses.
  • James C.
    James CoakesJune 12, 2015
    This is a fascinating Dickensian pub experience. They've managed to make it an attraction without it being cheesy. You do still get a few Americans saying 'gee, look at this'.
  • Jacques
    JacquesMay 13, 2015
    One of the Oldest pubs in London; very popular with tourists and city folk. Only a ten minute stroll from St Pauls Cathedral
  • Tom H.
    Tom HalleranApril 11, 2015
    What a pub should be. This place has been around forever, and that comes across the moment you walk in. Lots of rooms and nooks to have a pint, and above average pub grub.
  • David B.
    David BirkettFebruary 1, 2015
    One of the oldest pubs in London. Opened just after the great fire of London in 1666. It has multiple bars and a wine vault. Rooms are small and being a tall guy I had to duck through doorways.
  • Karl W.
    Karl WilsonJanuary 9, 2015
    Very traditional, including the warmth of the wood-burning fireplace. Definitely recommend!
  • Christian B.
    Christian BlixellJanuary 2, 2015
    Cool place, it's like going back in time. Old, dark and murky but way cool. A bit crowded certain evenings (popular after work)
  • 【 @tin_fish 】
    【 @tin_fish 】December 19, 2014
    Great, characterful place for a drink!!! Your mobile will fight for signal though, recommend flight mode.
  • Никита Ш.
    Amazing!!! A bunch of small rooms, passages and low ceilings. Big room with a Christmas tree at the most low level of the building. A chimney near the pubman is amazing. London pub spirit is alive.
  • Andrew M.
    Andrew MarksOctober 23, 2014
    The oldest pub in London, and one of the coolest. Explore it a bit. It's a Sam Smith's, so enjoy the £2.85 Bitter. Nice crisps too.
  • Gabriel d.
    Gabriel d. A. L.October 8, 2014
    Amazing pub. One of the last places in London where you can order a nice and tradicional kidney pie.
  • Jenna A.
    Jenna AndersonOctober 5, 2014
    Excellent, sprawling, and ancient! Have been here more times than I can count. Whenever someone visits this is on the list. And Samuel Smiths organic lager is always a good choice.
  • Angela K.
    Angela KerriganSeptember 28, 2014
    Fantastic piece of History. Once your eyes adjust inside, find your way down to the cellar, 2 floors down! Excellent Samuel Smiths on tap.
  • Phil C.
    Phil ClampSeptember 19, 2014
    Great Sam Smith's pub. No phone signal so can be hard to find people if you're meeting them there. Mind your head going down the cellar, but it's well worth getting down there. Good food too.
  • Geri
    GeriSeptember 4, 2014
    One of the best pubs in London! History, multiple levels and a reasonable draft beer selection
  • Paolo G.
    Paolo GuglielmoniAugust 13, 2014
    One of the very few authentic Olde pubs in London. Great ales and good food.
  • CNN
    CNNAugust 6, 2014
    Frequented by Mark Twain, Voltaire, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Oscar Wilde, the pub was rebuilt in 1667 after the Great Fire of London. Expect cramped staircases and sawdust-strewn floors. Read more
  • megan
    meganAugust 5, 2014
    The quintessential English pub frequented by many historical figures (Samuel Johnson, Mark Twain, etc). Food service until 10pm!
  • Önder B.
    Önder BingölJune 24, 2014
    Traditional and very rare British ales, stouts and lagers in a pub that is more than 300 years old. What more can you want?
  • Brian N.
    Brian NunneryMarch 25, 2014
    Nice old pub setting, but bad beer selection (it's mostly watery British ales) and terrible food (as in, please, don't eat anything). Good for a quick drink if you're careful what you order.
  • Sam M.
    Sam MFebruary 13, 2014
    Amazing old Sam Smith's pub: real fires, low ceilings, cubby holes, a wonderful basement beer hall without mobile signal. Like drinking in another age; sawdust on the floor, people talk to each other.
  • Louise M.
    Louise Mc FOctober 27, 2013
    Charles Dickens drank here. Watch your head. Low ceilings. Great prices, very old & full of character.
  • Anna P.
    Anna PeskovaSeptember 6, 2013
    great pub! dickens, doyle, twain drank here! go downstairs into the cellars to feel the medieval atmosphere.
  • Mark G.
    Mark GibsonMay 25, 2013
    The oldest pub in London! Been there under various names since before the great fire! Was my lunchtime local when working at PwC!
  • Yancey W.
    Yancey WMarch 7, 2013
    Prices have gone up massively in the past year. Over £4 for a pint of draft lager. Go for a nominal tourist pint and then find somewhere cheaper.
  • Chris J.
    Chris JordanOctober 7, 2012
    Great little pub.....a bit different to the usual. So much history as claims to be the oldest pub in the city rebuilt after the Great Fire.
  • Party Earth
    Party EarthJune 25, 2012
    Explore the halls and take a peek at all the rooms before sitting down. Maybe you’ll find the inspiration behind Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle came here to drink, so you never know… Read more
  • k
    kJune 10, 2012
    explore the place with ANY pint of lager (you wont get any branded lager/ cola/ crisps here) - just love the atmosphere in there! pies are served on weekdays :)
  • New York Habitat
    New York HabitatMarch 27, 2012
    Follow in the footsteps of Charles Dickens and get a lovely cold pint at this historic pub! This is a great place for lunch too.
  • Time Out London
    Time Out LondonFebruary 23, 2012
    This Fleet Street landmark was rebuilt back in 1667 ('in the reign of King Charles II'), and its seventeenth-century history is in large part responsible for its twenty-first-century appeal. Read more
  • Lauren R.
    Lauren Rubin TileyFebruary 19, 2012
    Ye Olde is no gimmick. Barely changed since the 17th century and a maze of bars and rooms. A fun stop.
  • BarChick
    BarChickFebruary 2, 2012
    Inside it’s like a maze, with narrow corridors and staircases leading to so many cosy dark bars and dining rooms that apparently even the regulars get a bit confused. Read more
  • EmeraldStreet
    EmeraldStreetJuly 27, 2011
    It can be a touch touristy ("Like something out of Charles Dickens honey!"), but on an early weeknight it empties out, allowing its charm to show. Read more
  • Londonist
    LondonistMay 8, 2011
    Great pub, but never EVER try and meet someone here. So many rooms, and phones don't work in most of them. At least not O2. But that's not saying much.
    HISTORY UKFebruary 10, 2011
    Opening shortly after the Great Fire, this ancient pub was regularly visited by Dr Johnson when he was taking a break from writing the first English dictionary, at his home in nearby Gough Square.
  • Dave C.
    Dave ChurchillAugust 30, 2010
    Great pub and local of one Dr Johnson whose chair and dictionary are still there. Ate in the Vaults - excellent!
  • Good Pub Guide .
    Good Pub Guide .June 30, 2010
    Much bigger than it looks, soaked in history, with lots of warmly old-fashioned rooms, cheap Sam Smiths beer, and a convivial atmosphere Read more
  • Chris R.
    Chris RukanApril 17, 2010
    It's good enough for Charles Dickens, it's good enough for you. Seriously, this is a great pub, even beyond the history. Fine selection of reasonably priced beers, great food, friendly staff.
  • Matthew Albert K.
    Matthew Albert KerlyDecember 9, 2009
    The oldest pub in London, RE-built in 1666 after a lil fire- and it's barely been touched since. Twain, Dickens and Conan Doyle were regulars at various points and my late grandfather used to run it
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