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    Quote Originally Posted by Delboy20 View Post
    A few sources seem to claim The Seven Stars as the oldest surviving London pub. Do we all agree or are there any other candidates?
    If you go there watch out for the pub cat
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bucking Fastard View Post
    If you go there watch out for the pub cat
    And the stairs back down from the toilet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mobyduck View Post
    And the stairs back down from the toilet.
    Yes both the cat and stairs are lethal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Delboy20 View Post
    Cheers. That list looks as good as any I've seen and it is a good starting point.
    I've only done 2 - The Grapes and The George.
    The White Hart claims to have the oldest continuous history, dating back to 1216 but was rebuilt - probably more than once - with the current building dating from only 1912. The Cittie of Yorke is a new build (around 1923) with an up-cycled name that had probably disappeared hundreds of years ago; this building was originally a branch of Henneky's.
    The Seven Stars claims to have the oldest surviving structure, dating from shortly after the Great Fire, so it's probably mid-17th century.


    Quote Originally Posted by Mobyduck View Post
    This list gives up the usual suspects and the bulk of them are decent pubs as well, 11/13 for me ,just missing The Spaniards and Old Bell.
    Yes. A full house for me and a very decent list for once.

    Quote Originally Posted by Bucking Fastard View Post
    Yes both the cat and stairs are lethal.
    Indeed they are (see photo). I remember once around the late '90s when a customer pulled a funny face on eating a mouthful of the free dry bar snacks on the bar top, only to exhibit an even more pained expression when told that they were in fact the [former] cat's dinner. The landlady is quite a character too and a great cook, food coming from a tiny kitchenette on the first floor.
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    A good list and all 13 for me…

    And if you are going to Holborn for the Cittie of York I would also recommend Princess Louise if you have not been before. It’s a relative youngster compared to the others , being built in 1872, but it is such a cracking interior…
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gann View Post
    I would also recommend Princess Louise if you have not been before. It’s a relative youngster compared to the others , being built in 1872, but it is such a cracking interior…
    I second that emotion.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gann View Post
    A good list and all 13 for me…

    And if you are going to Holborn for the Cittie of York I would also recommend Princess Louise if you have not been before. It’s a relative youngster compared to the others , being built in 1872, but it is such a cracking interior…
    There are of course plenty of other pubs with cracking interiors and [relatively] central, though beauty doesn't guarantee a great pub experience. For example:

    The Falcon
    The Salisbury Hotel
    The Prince Alfred
    The Warrington Hotel
    The Argyll Arms
    The Black Lion
    The Washington
    The Black Friar
    The Viaduct Tavern
    The Queens
    The Winchester
    The Elgin
    Windsor Castle
    Half Moon
    The Flying Horse
    The Red Lion
    The Salisbury
    The Victoria

    and the newly revamped (at a cost of £1.6m)
    The Boleyn Tavern

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