Route 1: Mayfair
Stop 1: The Footman, Charles Street
Our first stop in the tour of London’s luxury pubs is The Footman, a few streets away from The Athenaeum, taking just 9 minutes to walk to. Originally called The Running Horse, the pub has been in place since 1749, when it was visited by the footmen who were in service to the households of Mayfair. They would run ahead of their master’s coaches, pay tolls in advance and clear a safe passage ahead. When footmen were no longer in demand, one bought the pub and named it after himself. The pub then became well known for being the best source of gossip!
Stop 2: The Guinea Grill, Bruton Street
A leisurely 5 minute walk from The Footman takes you to The Guinea Grill, our second stop and a Mayfair institution. Steeped in history, there has been a pub on this site since 1423, and it has been named The Guinea since 1675. The current landlords, Youngs, have been at the helm since 1888. Expect British classics and locally sourced steak as well as an extensive wine list and Youngs ales.
Stop 3: The Punchbowl, Farm Street
Last but by no means least is The Punchbowl. Walk for 6 minutes to Farm Street for a drink at another of Mayfair’s oldest pubs, previously owned by Guy Ritchie. Sip on real local ales or fine single malt scotch in a pub that has been serving Mayfair’s high society since 1729. From here you’re just a 9 minute stroll back to the comfort of your room, and if you fancy it, a final drink in The View.