By Todd Clifton
All London tours should spend some time soaking up some of The Big Smoke's rich public house culture. As you can imagine, there are hundreds of places to drink London, here are a few pubs that should be the cornerstone of any good tour.
Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese, Fleet Street
Rebuilt after the Great Fire in 1666, this pub has been location since 1538 and is an absolute must for all London tours. Operated by the Samuel Smith's brewery, this pub is notable for its curious lack of natural lighting
Charles Dickens was known to regularly frequent this pub, and its gloomy setting makes it easy to imagine that some of his characters were created here. The roaring open fireplace means this is a pub best seen in winter.
Cittie of Yorke, High Holborn
Also owned by the Samuel Smith's brewery, this is another pub that proves you don't have to spend an arm and a leg for a pint in London. The stunning building architecture of the Cittie of York really warrants the pub's inclusion on this list.
This site has hosted a pub since 1430 and the grand, hall-like backroom really distinguishes this pub. The Victorian cubicles near the bar are a particularly great place to nestle into on cold winter evenings.
The Tipperary, Fleet Street
Established in 1605, The Tipperary is another relic of London's past. This is London's most historic Irish pub, famous for being the first pub outside of Ireland to serve Guinness!
Also located on Fleet Street, it's easy to imagine this being the watering hole of choice for the hacks who once plied their trade so closely. Food is strongly recommended here, particularly the specialist Irish menu.
Of course, there are hundreds of great pubs in London, but if you're limited on time, then these three are an absolute must!
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