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Ye Olde Watling

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by Mike Whyte (subscribe)
Published July 10th 2016
A pub with as much history as the famous Cathedral it's near

Things have changed a lot in recent years around St Pauls Cathedral. It used to be a fact that after 6pm, and at weekends, this particular area of London would almost be a ghost town. Since its regeneration though the area sees tourism and visitors aplenty. There are all the usual suspects to choose from, including the coffee shops and quick restaurants people know well.

It is good to see then that there is a pub which is but a stones through from the iconic cathedral, which is still fully operational, and has almost as much history as the aforementioned building itself.

So, this is the story of Ye Olde Watling - it is said to date from a very respectable 1668, and is believed to actually have been built from old ships timbers by the famous architect Sir Christopher Wren, who of course designed, amongst many other buildings, St Paul's Cathedral itself.

One massive claim to fame of this pub is that the upstairs rooms were believed to be the offices from which Wren actually designed St Paul's itself - you can believe the architect looking out from the windows across to were the iconic structure resides.

The pub itself is maintained in the traditional style, serving a selection of real ales, alongside traditional pub dishes, and the usual selection of lagers and spirits.

So, should you be on a visit to the cathedral, why not take in a little bit more connected history and visit the pub on Watling Street too? It could make a great, and refreshing, compliment to one of London's most famous and celebrated tourist attractions.

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Why? A pub with as much history as the iconic Cathedral it stands near
When: Mon-Fri 10am - 11pm, Sat 12pm-8pm, Sun 12pm-5pm
Phone: tel:02072488935
Where: 29 Watling Street, London, Greater London, EC4M 9BR
Cost: typical pub prices
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