Ye Olde Miter: a hidden historic pub in Holborn

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The Ye Olde Miter is a historic and quaint pub known to be the most hidden away in London! Finding it is therefore not easy but don't panic, I'm here to give you all the information!

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What is the history of the Ye Olde Miter pub?


The Ye Olde Miter pub was built in 1546, during the reign of Henry VIII, for the servants of the Bishop of the city of Ely. The latter depended on the province of Cambridgeshire and was therefore not attached to London. As an anecdote, the London police could not intervene without authorization until the 70s!

The current building dates from 1772 when it was rebuilt, making it one of the oldest pubs in London. When inside, it was restored in the 30s. Therefore, the pub is still in its "juice", which gives it an authentic atmosphere, far from the current pubs restored in the old spirit….


What is the vibe of the Ye Olde Miter pub?

Coming to Ye Olde Miter is like traveling through 18th century England! With a cozy and Tudor style atmosphere, the pub has many assets to seduce us.


First of all by its somewhat loaded decoration: paneling, engravings hung here and there, hanging pots and very pretty stained glass windows representing a miter! The layout of the bar enthroned in the center of the lounge will surprise you because if you want to change sides ... you will have to come out and go back to the other side 😉


Do not hesitate to stroll inside the pub to discover the various lounges located on the ground floor and on the first floor. And if you can't find a place, don't hesitate to sit next to your neighbor: here we share the same table! Another very pleasant point: in winter, you can enjoy a good fireplace!


Finally, at the Ye Olde Miter there is no television and therefore no match broadcast, which is an advantage if you want to be calm and chat!

In fine weather, you can enjoy the patio which has the advantage of being quiet and having a pleasant setting.

Also note that the pub can be privatized to celebrate your events….


Which beers can we taste?

The pub offers a selection of ales and lagers from the UK. The ales are top fermentation beers and the bottom fermentation lagers; the latter are lighter blond or white beers. You can also taste an excellent cider on tap.

For your information, the beers offered are London Pride, Oliver's Island, HSB, Seafarers or Castle Rock Harvest Pale.


What can we eat there?

As curious as it sounds, the pub serves tapas and more traditionally homemade sandwiches and snacks.


Who is the clientele of the Ye Olde Miter pub?

The clientele consists of regulars but also a few tourists who have found the address!

Good plan: drink a free beer!


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As in Churchill Arms, it is possible to drink a free pint of beer !! To do this, nothing could be simpler: go to the pub site, click at the top right on "free drink" and give your name, first name, date of birth, postal code and email address.


You will immediately receive an email containing a voucher code to get a free beer!


Please note, the offer is valid only once in all the Fuller's chain pubs. And if like me you have already given your details for this ad, create another email address and you're done !!!

Are children allowed?

Unfortunately, children are not allowed at Ye Olde Miter, as the pub does not have a restaurant.

What are the hours of the Ye Olde Miter pub?

The pub is open Monday through Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 23:00 p.m.
Closed Saturdays and Sundays.

Where is the Ye Olde Miter pub located?

Going to Ye Olde Miter has to be earned! Indeed, the pub is a hidden gem that you can only find if you are an observer. It is also considered the most difficult pub to find in London! It is not far from the St Paul's Cathedral and the City, in a hidden dead end between 8 and 9 Hatton Garden. Attention gentlemen, there are a lot of jewelry stores in this street 🙂

Address : 1 Ely Pl, London EC1N 6SJ

Metro bus Chancery Lane4, 8, 11, 23, 25, 26, 76, 172, 242, 341, 521, N8, N11, N15, N21, N26


Guided tour in English on the history of pubs in London


The pub is a quintessential British institution where the English like to meet. These places are steeped in history, indeed some pubs date from the century of Shakespeare and others from the Victorian era. Take a 3-hour guided tour in French to discover London's must-see historic pubs.

Maxime, a Frenchman living in London, will tell you the story behind the names of the pubs and of this ancestral beverage that is beer!




The Ye Olde Miter pub is a hidden gem to discover absolutely for its historic setting and friendly atmosphere. In winter, you can enjoy a cozy fireplace and in summer the pretty patio.

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