Fantasticly distinctive old world style pub in the heart of the city Ye Olde Watling has amazing views of St Paul’s Cathedral and a range of gorgeous guest ales including (whilst I was there) Jaipur and Adnams Green Bullet – both of which are noteworthy and live up to their Cask Marque seal of approval.
In the Nicholson’s chain of pubs Ye Old Watling is just a short stroll from Cheapside, Mansion House Tube and Cannon Street. Filled with character this traditional looking pub always has a good atmosphere and everytime I have been there was standing room only, often spilling out on to the cobbled streets which is not such a bad thing with the great view of St. Paul’s.
“Said to be built from old ships’ timbers by Sir Christopher Wren, Ye Olde Watling has a remarkable heritage dating to 1668. It stands on Watling Street, a Roman road leading out of the City via Ludgate. One claim to fame is that our upstairs rooms were used as a drawing office during the building of St Paul’s Cathedral. We also think our pub catered for Wren’s workmen after the Great Fire.” (Ye Olde Watling)
The staff are friendly, knowledgeable and quick, the prices are right, the pub looks great, the atmosphere is good and that is what makes Ye Olde Watling one of my favourite week night drinking spots after work.
29 Watling Street, London, EC4M 9BR
Telephone: 020 7248 8935
Ye Olde Watling – website
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