Best London City Pubs for Groups
The City of London, known as the City or Square Mile covers just 1.12 square miles in the heart of London. Widely regarded as the centre of trade and finance in Europe, the City roughly follows the boundaries of the ancient Roman settlement in the 1st Century AD then known as Londinium. A visit to the City today is a mesmerising combination of old and new and can encompass Roman ruins next to arching skycrapers, museums, glass towers and of course, pubs and restaurants aplenty. Our selection steps just outside the City limits - but only just.
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Ye Olde Watling
This Pub has a remarkable heritage dating to 1668. Occupying a corner plot at the junction of ancient Watling Street and Bow Lane the pub was rebuilt after the blitz. It’s famous for being sir Christopher Wren's drawing office during the building of St Paul's. Ye Olde Watling has seen much transformation in it's time, but in it's current guise it is a warm and welcoming British pub. Decorated in traditional Victorian style, with oak panelling and dark leather cushioned sofas, it can accommodate 50 people in its dining room.
Despite the legends about this being London's oldest licenced watering hole the reality is most of the actual structure dates from the 1930's but it was once rebuilt from the ruins of the Great Fire. Rumours circulate of its resident poltergeist, Martha, and stories of her picture appearing throughout the pub abound. Williamsons is a traditional pub serving hearty British classics. The cellar bar can be booked privately for up to 45 covers.
Browns Old Jewry
Located next to the Bank of England, this building used to be the Commonwealth Bank of Australia. From the outside, the building retains the striking exterior and high ceilings of its past, while the inside offers a stylish new look following its refurbishment is 2016. The ground floor boasts an impressive bar running the length of the building. A stunning mezzanine overlooks the restaurant which is perfect for a range of events from sit down dinner for 100 people. Set just off the mezzanine is the private room, a beautifully decorated room for up to 12 guests.
This elegant Victorian pub has a splend rococo exterior and offers fantastic private spaces with a capacity of 45 pax in one and 74 in the second one. It is ideally situation at the junction of London Wall and Moorgate
In the reign of Charles I, there were eight Globe pubs in London, and by the middle of the 19th Century there were 31. Historically the emblem of Portugal, the globe advertised pubs selling fine Portuguese wines.
Set in an historic, Art Nouveau Grade II masterpiece of a building, The Blackfriar was built in 1875 on the site of a Dominican friary. The building was designed by architect H. Fuller-Clark and artist Henry Poole, who were both committed to the free-thinking arts and crafts movement.
The Blackfriar is located on Queen Victoria Street in Blackfriars London, just a short stroll from Blackfriars Bridge, Upper Thames Street, The Bridewell Theatre, St Bride’s Church and Fleet Street.
The Walrus and Carpenter
This lovely pub takes its name from a poem by Lewis Carroll. The verse is recited by Tweedledum and Tweedledee in “Through The Looking Glass”.
Just a short stroll from Lower Thames St, Monument and London Bridge, The Walrus and Carpenter can cater for a wide range of events and functions with their bright upstairs dining room for 60 people or their private cellar bar hosting up to 24 seated. Exclusive private hire is also available on weekends.
A Traditional British pub recently which has recently been refurbished, Crutched Friar is a classic city pub offering great selection of traditional dishes and a cosy private room for up to 30 pax.
The Crutched Friar is situated in just, 2 minutes’ walk from Tower Hill tube.
The Minories is a traditional pub, located less than one minute’s walk from Tower Hill tube station and in walking distance from some of London’s top attractions, including The Tower of London and London Dungeon. Named after the street running to the north, the Minories is tucked below the railway line, in fact it's built into the arches beneath the Fenchurch Street viaduct. The interior is unique, with its barrelled ceiling and booth seating.
The Minories is perfect for large groups.
Slug & Lettuce
Nestled in the heart of the City, this central branch is located opposite the iconic Gherkin and offers a mellow spot for drinks and dining with soft lighting, wood-block walls and comfy seating.
The Slug and Lettuce is a laid-back, contemporary group of bars and restaurants offering modern British classics.
The Slug & Lettuce in St Mary Axe is 5 min-walk from Liverpool Street Station
The Magpie is set on the site of an early 20th-century ambulance station but its place in history was secured when one of the first electric ambulances was stationed here in 1909.
Ffeaturing British pub classics like beer-battered fish & chips and gammon & eggs, the Magpie menu is complemented by a rotating selection of pies and fish specials for each season.
Within a short stroll of London’s Bishopsgate and Houndsditch, Magpie in Liverpool Street is a 4-minute walk from Liverpool Street Tube and Rail stations.
The Woodin's Shades
For many years, the Woodin’s Shades has been a favourite meeting place for the traders of Petticoat Lane and Spitalfields Markets. Petticoat Lane market is a historic Sunday street market, but in the Middle Ages, it was a tree-lined country road called Hog’s Lane, possibly because pigs were kept in nearby fields.
The Woodin’s Shades has an upstairs dining room with a bar, creating a fantastic private space for your group. The room is large enough to accommodate 120 guests for a drinks reception or 60 guests for a seated event.
The Woodins Shades is perfectly located right in the heart of Bishopsgate, within walking distance of many of East London’s star attractions, including London Wall, the Museum of London and Columbia Flower Market.
The Mudlark gets its name from the 18th Century practice of scavenging the muddy Thames riverside for coal, bits of old iron, and any other loot that may have fallen from passing ships. Mudlarks were usually children and almost always destitute. For years this historic pub has been a favourite with the market traders of Borough Market, the oldest fruit and vegetable market in London.
The Mudlark Inn is located along the banks of the River Thames, right in the midst of the scenic London Bridge area, just a short three-minute walk from Clink Street, Borough Market, Winchester Walk and London Bridge Underground Statio with an abundance of London’s most iconic attractions nearby, including The Shard, London Bridge Experience, Southwark Cathedral, Borough Market, and the Globe Theatre.
The Old Thameside Inn
The Old Thameside Inn was once an old spice warehouse, and the remains of Winchester Palace stand behind The Old Thameside. The cobbled road that runs behind the pub is linked to the original Clink Prison, whilst a full-scale replica of Sir Francis Drake’s famous ship, the Golden Hind, sits beside the building.
The Old Thameside Inn is located on the banks of the River Thames, in the scenic London Bridge area, just a short stroll from Clink Street, Borough Market, Winchester Walk and London Bridge Underground Station.
Doggett's Coat & Badge
This pub is named after Thomas Doggett, the organiser of the London Bridge to Chelsea rowing race (Oxford-Cambridge) along the Thames. Winners of the boat race would be awarded a coat and badge — hence “Doggett’s Coat and Badge”.
With stunning panoramic views over the Thames, the City of London and St Paul’s Cathedral and boasting 2 fabulous outside areas, Doggett’s Coat and Badge is a great spot to for groups of all sizes to enjoy these unique surroundings.
Doggett’s Coat and Badge is located just a short walk from Blackfriars Bridge, Stamford Street, Blackfriars Road, Tate Modern, Globe Theatre and Borough Market, and just 10 minutes on foot from Blackfriars Underground Station.
Other pubs located in the City bookable via Capital Centric:
The Hoop & Grapes
Ye Olde London
Ye Olde Cock Tavern
The White Swan
Duke of Somerset
All Bar One
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