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The Olde Wine Shades ~ the City’s oldest pub?

While all claims can be debated, it is hard to argue the the Olde Wine Shades is not the oldest pub in the City of London.  Established in 1663, this is a rare survivor of the Great Fire of London.  Potentially this is the only true drinking establishment in the city still going today that was not destroyed in the fire.  This pub even has a smugglers tunnel leading down to the river Thames.  The tunnel was finally sealed after bomb damage during the Blitz in 1940.  It was a favourite haunt of Charles Dickens.  Now owned by El Vino, a London wine merchant for well over 100 years, it is operated as a wine bar.  There is also a restaurant – The Candlewick – located in the cellars, which provides a unique atmosphere.  Tucked into a quiet City lane this is a darkly atmospheric if slightly timeworn wine bar but its history makes it worth a visit.

Located at: 6 Martin Lane, The City, City of London EC4R 0DP

Closest tube: Cannon Street or Monument.

6 comments on “The Olde Wine Shades ~ the City’s oldest pub?

  1. Dan
    November 27, 2013

    Seven Stars on Carey Rd dates back to 1602 making it the oldest, this is the 2nd oldest i believe.

    • LondonUnveiled.com
      November 27, 2013

      Hi Dan, thanks for your comment. I believe the Seven Stars is actually in Westminster not actually the City though. All the best, Ian

      • Daniel Nye
        November 28, 2013

        Ah I see, I thought you just meant the city London generally. Looks like City of London border is Chancery Lane so Seven Stars misses out by a few feet, lovely little pub though.

      • Dan
        November 28, 2013

        Ah I see, I thought you just meant the city London generally. Looks like City of London border is Chancery Lane so Seven Stars misses out by a few feet, lovely little pub mind.

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This entry was posted on June 23, 2012 by in City of London, Pubs of interest.
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