London, Fleet Street, Blackfriars
Fleet Street is a street in the City of London named after the River Fleet, London's largest underground river. It was the origin and home of the British newspapers until the 1980s. Click the pictures for more views.

Black Friar
at the Black Friar pub.
174 Queen Victoria Street  EC4V 4EG  Open all day from 10am.
A wonderful start to our walk, this pub is amazing from the outside, and even more so on the inside. Wonder at the beautiful decoration in this Grade ll listed building. Enjoy a good range of real ales from Fullers and Timothy Taylor. Free wifi.
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From the Blackfriar, walk up New Bridge Street and turn left into Bridewell place.
You will see the St Brides Tavern on your right

St Brides Tavern

St Brides Tavern

St Brides Tavern is a very civilized pub with charming staff and a relaxing atmosphere. Decor is plain and modern, unusual for the area.
The Service is fast although prices I thought a little high. Outside seating is available, weather permitting. Open all day from 11am, Sundays from noon.
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Return to  New Bridge Street carry on walking up. Turn left into the narrow Bride Lane and follow it round to Fleet Street. The front entrance of the Old Bell is just to your left.

The Old Bell

The Old Bell

The Old Bell is a traditional style of pub with plenty of atmosphere. The Old Bell Tavern has a long history, having been a licensed tavern for more than 300 years. Built by Sir Christopher Wren, it housed his masons who were rebuilding St Bride's Church after the Great Fire. Click the picture for the gallery and to comment.

95 Fleet Street, London, EC4Y 1DH Phone 020 7583 0216
Monday to Friday: 10:00 - 23:30.  Saturday: 12:00 - 18:00 Sunday: CLOSED
Turn right out of the front of the pub to reach the Punch Tavern, just across the Lane.

The Punch Tavern

Punch Tavern

The Punch Tavern.
The Punch Tavern, 99 Fleet Street, London, EC4Y 1DE  Phone 020 7583 0216      Open 7.30am Mon-Fri, 11.00am Sat-Sun.
Punch, the satirical magazine, was founded in 1841 at the Edinburgh Castle Tavern on the Strand. However as the entire magazine's staff began to meet at this pub, the proprietor changed its name from the Crown and Sugar Loaf to 'The Punch Tavern'.
More recently, the pub split in two and a new Crown and Sugarloaf is just round the corner.
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Retrace your steps past the front of the Old Bell and walk on to the Tipperary on your left.

The Tipperary

The Tipperary.  The Tipperary, 66 Fleet Street, City of London. EC4Y 1HT

It was the first pub to sell Guinness outside Ireland and was renamed The Tipperary from The Boar's Head during the First World War when Irish soldiers enjoyed the only Irish pub in London. It has in recent years been re-fronted and refurbished, but still keeps the charm and beauty of a traditional Irish pub. It's a long way to Tipperary. 
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You will see the sign to the Olde Cheshire Cheese just across the street.

Olde Cheshire Cheese

The Olde Cheshire Cheese.  Located at 145 Fleet Street, on Wine Office Court.
Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese is one of a number of pubs in London to have been rebuilt shortly after the Great Fire of 1666. There has been a pub at this location since 1538. While there are several older pubs which have survived because they were beyond the reach of the fire, this pub continues to attract interest due to the curious lack of natural lighting inside which generates its own gloomy charm. Once your eyes have become used to the gloom you will be able to explore the cellar rooms and upstairs eatery. Open from noon every day.
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