Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese

Historic Bar / Pub
Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese had already been a London landmark for more than a hundred years when the Great Fire of 1666 destroyed it – and much of the city. London England 51.5142349 -0.1071946
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Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese - Historic Bar | Pub in London.
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Party Earth Review Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese had already been a London landmark for more than a hundred years when the Great Fire of 1666 destroyed it – and much of the city. Rebuilt shortly after, the pub saw famous scribes like Charles Dickens... ... read full review

  • Tube:

    Central Line: Chancery Lane

  • Phone:

    020 7353 6170

  • Hours:

    M–Sa 11:30am–11pm

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot
    • Night Spot

Party Earth Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese Review

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Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese had already been a London landmark for more than a hundred years when the Great Fire of 1666 destroyed it – and much of the city.

Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese had already been a London landmark for more than a hundred years when the Great Fire of 1666 destroyed it – and much of the city.

Rebuilt shortly after, the pub saw famous scribes like Charles Dickens and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle become regulars over the years, and today’s pint- and history-loving tourists usually take the time to explore its historic nooks before settling in for a plate of bangers and mash to go with their Smithwick’s.

A labyrinthine space of twisting, narrow hallways, spiral staircases, and tiny rooms with crowded rustic tables, the venue’s colorful past is evident right down to the hand-painted porcelain tap handles, open coal fires, and myriad antique grandfather clocks.

Conversation fills the air across four floors and four full bars bustling with a diverse mix of boisterous students, pub crawlers, and literature buffs settling in for a rousing evening, while first-time visitors are often left speechless by the hundreds of years of history – or maybe just by Polly, the stuffed parrot in the tap room that resided in the bar until he croaked in 1926.

Great for drinking ale and people-watching in the courtyard on a summer day or nibbling savory meat pies on a rainy night, Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese is a cut above ye olde standard.

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Tip from Emma:

Be sure to explore the halls and take a peek at all the rooms before sitting down. Perhaps you’ll find the inspiration behind Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle came here to drink, so you never know…

  • Crowd

    University students, history and literature fans, pub crawlers, local business types, and lots of tourists, 20s to 60s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Only conversation and the errant sounds of time.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Traditional English menu featuring shepherd’s pie and Yorkshire pudding. Typical pub fare served at the bar, including fish and chips and meat pies.

  • Prices

    Appetizers £3–£5, bar menu £8, restaurant entrées £9–£15. Beer £2.50–£3, wine £16–£20/bottle, mixed drinks £2–£3+.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Thursdays and Fridays around 7pm tend to draw the biggest crowds, though the Cheshire’s history makes it worth checking out anytime.

  • Close By

    Ye Olde Cock Tavern (22 Fleet Street), though not originally at its current address, opened in 1549. Dickens was also known to be a frequent customer.

Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese User Reviews

Average rating:
Really cool place
Jody P. Dec 10, 2012
I always worry that places that are advertised as historic end up being some lame gimmick, but that is not the case with the Cheese. This bar is so cool inside. You feel like you are in a crazy underground maze or something. The bar is hundreds of years old and looks it. It is an amazing and interesting piece of history. A lot of famous people over the last few centuries came to this bar. You should definitely check it out.
Cheers at the Cheese!
Madeline R. Aug 2, 2012
It is easy to walk right by The Ye Olde Chesire Cheese on the busy Fleet Street, but it is worth your time to scour the streets in search of this historic pub. The Cheese, located down a nondescript alley way has been around since the mid-1500s but was rebuilt shortly after the Great Fire of 1666. The multi-level establishment is massive but it is always packed with Londoners, tourists, and LSE students. People retreat into caves and nooks, crouching on stools fit for the hobbits in Lord of the Rings. However these midget stools and low ceilings just add to the charm at the Cheese. In a city overflowing with pubs, the Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese stand out – it is truly a historic destination. Soak up history while slurping down an affordable beer (or cider!) and nomming on chips that cost a mere £2.25. And just think, Londoners may have been at this exact pub drinking a celebratory pint as the United States of America declared its independence.
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