4. The Three Tuns, Portman Mews South

According to records on the Pub History website, the Three Tuns on Portman Mews South in Marylebone has been at this location since at least 1841, when there were 18 pubs of that name in London. Most of the other Three Tuns are gone, though it still remains a common pub name throughout England (tun is an old English word meaning a “brewing vat” or “cask”).

This Three Tuns and the two buildings housing it are the last vestiges of historic Portman Mews South. Many of the other buildings there were badly damaged in bombing raids by the Nazis during World War II. Today, most of the structures facing the narrow street are large, multi-story affairs built after the war.

Post-war building on Portman Mews South

The Three Tuns is a nice place to have a relaxing pint and sit by the fireplace after braving the crowds of nearby Selfridges department store and Oxford Street, a major shopping hub.

The Three Tuns, 1-2 Portman Mews South, London W1. Tube: Marble Arch