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Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese

© Laurence Davis
Fleet Street

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. The royals to have been served thereafter are painstakingly listed outside in a higgledy-piggledy passageway, drawing in dozens of tourists a day to the pub’s baffling labyrinth of rooms.

Few leave disappointed – the layout, starting with the chop room on the left as you walk in, resembles a Cluedo board, and screams ‘historic’ as you stoop your head and dive down a cramped staircase to discover yet another bar room.

The beer comes from Samuel Smith’s, no better here than at the brewery’s other London operations, and the food is the expected collection of historic pub grub staples (‘ye famous’ steak and kidney pudding, and so on).

Venue name: Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese
Address: 145 Fleet Street
Opening hours: Open 11am-11pm Mon-Fri; noon-11pm Sat; noon-4pm Sun. Food served noon-9.30pm Mon-Fri; noon-8.30pm Sat; noon-3pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Chancery Lane or Temple tube

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Darren R

I agree with Enn C. - it is literally the worst pub management I've ever come across. Not only did I witness the rudest treatment of a customer I've ever seen, but I then saw a member of staff treated in a similar fashion. An unpleasant experience.There are plenty of other historic pubs in London and I now frequent them instead.

Sam Johns

A place like this where you can hide an entire party without it being generally known that they are there is a diamond among pubs, it should be more widely known that “party people” can wet their whistles there with impunity.

Brian McAllister

Stopped in on a chill autumn eve. It's a film set. Incredible. The beers are excellent too. Despite Fleet Street being so busy it was so quiet in there. Only the tick tock of the big clock above the door and the crackle of the burning wood on the fire. Bring a headtorch though ;). So dark it's Impossible to count your change!

Marc Benger

Amazing pub, you can't visit London and not have a swift wheat beer in the Cheshire Cheese. Unique.