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Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese

Fleet Street, London
  • The folks at CNN and Time Out London like this place. Would you agree?
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  • Cyndie D.
    "Such a gem! Oldest pub in London bringing you back in the days."(9 Tips)
    Angela K.
    "Excellent Samuel Smiths on tap."(6 Tips)
    New York Habitat
    "footsteps of Charles Dickens"(4 Tips)
    "Great pub - good beer selection and food is delicious :)"(5 Tips)
156 Tips and reviews
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  • 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
    Upvoted Jan 25
  • 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.
  • Dens
    DensMarch 1, 2016
    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!
  • Doug d.
    Doug de WetFebruary 3
    Mind thy head and watch thy step and enjoy a pint among literary ghosts. The Cheese is a testament to the British and their ability to maintain motor functioning while imbibing. Cheers!
  • Carl G.
    Carl GriffinJune 20, 2016
    Beautiful atmospheric pub. Loads of little interesting rooms to drink in. Listed in the National inventory of historic pub interiors. Great beer.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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)
  • Cyndie D.
    Cyndie Da RochaSeptember 23, 2017
    Such a gem! Oldest pub in London bringing you back in the days. Would come back for sure, in the dining room for the full experience!
  • 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.
  • Karen
    KarenJanuary 6
    Fun fact: William Shakespeare used to spend a lot of time here; ask your waiter which table he usually sat at. Try the bangers and mash with a refreshing beer.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Anna P.
    Anna PeskovaSeptember 6, 2013
    great pub! dickens, doyle, twain drank here! go downstairs into the cellars to feel the medieval atmosphere.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Karl W.
    Karl WilsonJanuary 9, 2015
    Very traditional, including the warmth of the wood-burning fireplace. Definitely recommend!
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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?
  • megan
    meganAugust 5, 2014
    The quintessential English pub frequented by many historical figures (Samuel Johnson, Mark Twain, etc). Food service until 10pm!
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Rebecca M.
    Rebecca MazzaMay 9, 2017
    Awesome atmosphere and a good selection of cheap pints. Food is decent too
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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'.
  • Bianca
    BiancaFebruary 19, 2017
    Cozy traditional pub, the eldest in town. A pint there should be on your "must do" list for London.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Christian L.
    Christian LarssonJanuary 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)
  • Tomfoolery
    TomfooleryAugust 16, 2016
    Lovely cosy pub with so much history. Watch our for your heads if your going downstairs
  • 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
  • Geri
    GeriSeptember 4, 2014
    One of the best pubs in London! History, multiple levels and a reasonable draft beer selection
  • 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.
  • Leo C.
    Leo C.February 15, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    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.
  • Paolo G.
    Paolo GuglielmoniAugust 13, 2014
    One of the very few authentic Olde pubs in London. Great ales and good food.
  • Daniel M.
    Daniel McDonoughFebruary 21, 2016
    Awesome pub with a great cask selection. Pretty big space. Def worth a visit.
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    【 @tin_fish 】December 19, 2014
    Great, characterful place for a drink!!! Your mobile will fight for signal though, recommend flight mode.
  • Elias G.
    Elias GerstmayrJanuary 31, 2017
    The oldest pub in London with several bar areas spread within. It's much bigger than it looks from the outside.
  • Stacy S.
    Stacy SeahJuly 1, 2015
    Steak and ale pie, one of the classics to try
  • Jasvinder K.
    Jasvinder KheraOctober 30, 2015
    Probably my favourite pub in London, such unsymmetrical, oddly shaped rooms, it's great!
  • 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 :)
  • Derek W.
    Derek WilsonNovember 8, 2016
    Fantastic labyrinthine bar with a fire upstairs and rooms underground. A must do.
  • Ally S.
    Ally SteeleFebruary 19, 2016
    Lovely traditional pub with the friendliest staff around. A hidden gem.
  • Ben E.
    Ben EngenAugust 15, 2016
    The oldest (or one of?) pub in London. Interesting to see and say you've been but otherwise unremarkable.
    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.
  • Marianna G.
    Marianna GavaMarch 5, 2016
    Very cool! Very nice cellar bar and atmosphere! Very cheap!
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