The London Pubs Group

Promoting historic pub preservation and good pub design in London.

jane jephcote with pint of real ale

The London Pubs Group was established in the early 1990s to promote the preservation of historic and architecturally important London pubs. Meetings are held regularly (six times a year) and are open to any CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) members who wish to attend.

At present the meetings are held at The Royal Oak, Tabard Street, SE1 (near Borough underground station). Crawls are also arranged about six times a year and are open to all, whether CAMRA members or not. The crawls usually concentrate on historic pubs but occasionally new or refurbished pubs are included in order to assess the quality of the design.

  • View forthcoming meetings and pub crawls - Events
  • Discover a wealth of historic pubs - Pub Crawls


Next pub crawl

Wednesday 7 December 2016 - From Battle Bridge to Mount Pleasant: Evening Crawl of Pentonville, Kings Cross and Clerkenwell

Our previous pub crawl was...

Saturday 15 October 2016 - Metroland: Daytime Crawl of West Middlesex

London's Heritage Pubs

The CAMRA Pub Heritage Group (PHG) maintains a record of those pubs that contain interiors of historic importance. They are separated into three categories: those with an interior of National Importance; those with an interior of Regional Importance; and those with an interior of Some Regional Importance. The London listing is here: Historic Pub Interiors

The London Pubs Group maintains a fourth category of those pubs that do not meet the requirements for the three categories maintained by the PHG, or are awaiting assessment for promotion to those categories. This is known as the London Local Inventory. The full London listing, including all four categories, is here: The London Inventory of Historic Pub Interiors (although all the pubs currently on the London Inventory are listed, in some cases the information is not yet complete).

Campaigning to save historic London pubs

Many historic pubs in the capital have been closed down for redevelopment spelling the loss of centuries of heritage.

Keep up to date with heritage pub campaign news.

Assets of Community Value

ACVs - the best thing since sliced bread? What could be sexier than SI 2015 No 659? To be honest, these things probably haven't been said in the context of the new protections afforded to pubs registered as ACVs, but there is absolutely no doubt that ACVs are now much more important than they were. Read what Geoff Strawbridge, Greater London CAMRA Regional Director, had to say about pub protection in the June/July 2015 issue of London Drinker: Protecting Our Pubs

As always, the devil is in the detail. Read the seminal analysis that James Watson, CAMRA's London Pub Protection Adviser, produced for the Oct/Nov 2015 issue of London Drinker: James Watson on ACVs

The Alchemist, London SW11

This is another example of a developer apparently trying to ride roughshod over planning regulations. See what Jane Jephcote, Chair of the London Pubs Group, had to say to Wandsworth Council in response to the retrospective application to demolish this building: The Alchemist - Planning Objection

London Heritage Pubs: An Inside Story

London Heritage Pubs book cover

London Heritage Pubs: An Inside Story. Historic Pub Interiors in the Capital by Geoff Brandwood and Jane Jephcote.

London Heritage Pubs covers the London regional inventory of pub interiors of special historic interest in book form. Contained within are 156 entries of the most intact and interesting interiors covering the whole of Greater London.

Available from:

The CAMRA shop

By phone on 01727 867201

£14.99 or £12.99 for CAMRA members plus £1.50 postage and packing

Also available in bookshops and on bookselling websites


Articles on Historic London Pubs

The Old Pack Horse, Chiswick -photo credit Kim Rennie 2005

Articles on heritage pubs are always welcome. We currently have a number of articles including one on the artist Mick Smee, who has produced a number of paintings of heritage pub interiors.

If you wish to submit an article and/or a photo for this page, please e-mail them to Jane Jephcote at ku.gro.puorgsbupnodnol@ofni.


The Old Pack Horse, Chiswick, W4 -Photo taken by Kim Rennie 2005