Hi friends! To take a little break from all the baby talk around here, I have an extra special guest post for you today.
As some of you may know, my parents recently moved back to Texas after living in London the past three years. Even before they moved there London was my favorite city I had visited. So you can imagine how thrilled I was to have an excuse to go back and visit (and have a free place to stay) once a year. Travis and I have so many fond memories of wandering the streets, checking out neighborhood pubs and gorgeous architecture.
We would love to call London home one day. So while we wait for our opportunity to move across the pond (can you still say that when you are in Australia?), I have some fun historic spots that anyone planning a visit needs to check out. Spoiler Alert my favorite is the pub at the end, no surprise considering I have expressed my love for the oldest wine bar in London, now we need to check out one of the oldest pubs! Don’t forget to share your favorite in the comments.
Three Must-Visit Historic London Buildings
The words “old” and “England” go together like peanut butter and jelly — or fish and chips, if you will. There are ancient castles, old houses, even Roman-era structures. Even if you just limit yourself to the London area, England is full of beautiful old buildings and structures. Here are some of our favorites.
Dr. Johnson’s House
Built in 1700 by a wool merchant named Richard Gough, Dr. Johnson’s House got its name when the English writer Samuel Johnson took up residence there in 1748. It’s one of the very few remaining buildings of its era that has survived until now in London. The 300-year-old townhouse no longer serves as a residence these days, though, having been turned into a museum.
For those who are into history and exclusivity, there’s the Crockfords in Mayfair, which sprung from one of the oldest and most exclusive gentlemen’s clubs in the entirety of London. The bulk of gaming may be moving to greener online pastures where revolutionary technology now means guests can play against live dealers online, but the sheer history of Crockfords (the club was first established in 1826) continues to make it one of the most popular stops for many an enthusiast — even if getting your foot in the door can be kinda hard.
Ye Olde Mitre
No London visit is complete without stopping by a pub, and Ye Olde Mitre is one of the oldest. The eccentric pub was originally built in 1546, although the current building dates from the 1780s. Aside from being one of the most historic and charming pubs in London, Ye Olde Mitre also has a reputation for being a bit hard to find; it’s tucked inside an alleyway, so you’ll never stumble upon it unless you know specifically what you’re looking for.
If you ever find yourself wandering around London and taking in the sights, try and stop by these locations and experience some of the city’s history and culture.