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Pretty London pubs to visit

Pretty London pubs to visit

The pub - as synonymous to Britain as the Statue of Liberty is to New York or the Colosseum is to Rome. Whether you like a traditional pint or prefer an ale or a stout, there are plenty of homegrown varieties to try in the UK.

But with London being such a beautiful place, why not soak up some of the wonderful pub architecture in the British capital?

The Blackfriar pub - expectedly just near Blackfriars station - is a must visit. This wonderful Grade II listed building is home to one of London's most famous boozers.

It was built on the site of the old Blackfriars monastery and has a black friar statue just above the door. Inside, the decor continues to depict its past and there is a stunning and ornate dining room as well as outside space to enjoy the (rare) London sunshine.

It is used by commuters as a bolt hole when their trains, from the nearby station, are delayed and serves a grand selection of tasty ales.

Also in a Grade II listed building is the Ye Olde Mitre Tavern, tucked away in Ely Place, near Holborn. If you're heading here, get the tube to Chancery Lane as it cuts down the walking time to less than five minutes.

This pub was built in the 1500s as a place for the servants of the Bishops of Ely to enjoy a drink. There is a cherry tree outside that has now become a vital part of the building, holding it up. The pub had been a part of Cambridge until the late 20th century and in the past, licensees had to travel back to Cambridgeshire to have their licence renewed.

Third and finally on the list is The Churchill Arms, famous all over the world for its flower-covered exterior that costs a whopping £25,000 every year to renew the floral display. This pub, stood on Kensington Church St, attracts visitors from all over the world hoping to get that perfect Instagram shot!

The boozer gets its name as it was frequented by Winston Churchill's grandparents In the 1800s. After the Second World War, it was decided to name the pub after Churchill and it is now home to a range of Churchill memorabilia all hanging from the walls.

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