Welcome to Ye Olde Watling

Famous for being Sir Christopher Wren's drawing office during the building of St Paul's

You will find Ye Olde Watling in Watling Street London within a short stroll of Cheapside, Mansion House Tube and Cannon Street - however you won't find another like it.

Step in to discover a traditional pub of unique character, revered for its eclectic range of real ales and its quality pub food, which are served, as they should be, with a generous measure of famous British hospitality.

A fascinating past


Said to be built from old ships' timbers by Sir Christopher Wren, Ye Olde Watling has a remarkable heritage dating to 1668. It stands on Watling Street, a Roman road leading out of the City via Ludgate. One claim to fame is that our upstairs rooms were used as a drawing office during the building of St Paul's Cathedral. We also think our pub catered for Wren's workmen after the Great Fire.

One of a kind

Ye Olde Watling is one of many rare gems in the Nicholson's collection of great British pubs, reputed for their distinctive buildings, intriguing history and vibrant atmosphere.

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