Ye Olde London

42 Ludgate Hill, London, EC4M 7DE
Call: 020 7248 1852

Charming 18th Century Pub on Iconic Ludgate Hill

Ye Olde London is a charming 18th century pub located on Ludgate Hill in the City of London, overlooked by majestic St Paul’s cathedral. Established in 1749, the pub was originally built on the site of the London Coffee House, a place where the most prominent philosophers and theorists of the day gathered to debate and unwind, with Joseph Priestley and Benjamin Franklin regular guests.

The history of the Ludgate area of the City reaches back to Roman times. The ‘Ludgate’ was part of the City’s Roman fortifications built to protect the burial site situated where Fleet Street is today. The gate stood until it was demolished in 1760 – its original location is marked by a blue plaque on St Martin’s Church, next door to Ye Olde London.

St Martin’s Church is one of Ludgate Hill’s hidden gems and often overlooked by visitors on their way to visit the cathedral. With a history that can be traced back to 1167, its tall, lead-black spire stands in sharp contrast to the white dome of St Paul’s. Now a grade I listed building, St Martin’s was rebuilt after the Great Fire of London by Christopher Wren, and is considered to be one of his most impressive churches.

Ye Olde London fits perfectly into this ancient and inspiring part of London. The pub’s exterior evokes olde-worlde charm with its distinctive frosted windows and a vintage timber frame. Inside, you’ll be greeted with a warm welcome, great service and simple, unfussy décor that makes our guests feel instantly at home. We also have a quaint outdoor terrace, providing an oasis of calm and tranquillity where you can easily forget you are in the middle of one of Europe’s major financial hubs.

A choice of function rooms on historic Ludgate Hill

If you are looking for a central London function room to host your event, we have two spacious function rooms available at Ye Olde London. We pride ourselves on our hospitality and service and our team will be happy to help you plan your event to ensure that every aspect goes smoothly. We offer a quality catering service with a varied menu that can be adapted to suit the needs of your guests.

Explore a cultural and historic powerhouse

The City of London area is much more than just a financial powerhouse, as the oldest part of London it is brimming with cultural and historic attractions. Ludgate Hill is home to the spectacular St Paul’s Cathedral, whose jutting dome can be seen rising over the rooftops from the pub’s doorway. Close by you’ll find Carter Lane Gardens and Festival Gardens, two of the City’s most pleasant green spaces. Near the northern end of London Bridge, you’ll find Charles Wren’s spectacular monument to the Great Fire of London – known simply as ‘Monument”. It offers spectacular views across the City from its viewing platform for those with the energy to complete the 311 step climb. You can also get a feel for the City in Victorian times at Leadenhall Market, or discover the capital’s impressive 2000 year history at the Museum of London, situated just north of St Paul’s. Ye Olde London lies amidst this spectacular and vibrant landscape, and is conveniently located less than 100 metres from the City Thameslink Ludgate Hill station.



Function Room Information - the cellar bar
Capacity 126 Private Bar Yes
Hire Costs Available on Request Area Type private
Facilities Beer Garden, Dance Floor, PA System, Private Bar, Wi-Fi,
Suitable Events Christmas & New Year, Conferences and Meetings, Funerals, Live Sports, Parties, Private Bars, Tour Groups, Weddings,

The nearest Tube Station to Ye Olde London is Blackfriars