London’s Best: Cock Pubs

Oh humble rooster, little did you know the joy you would bring to the 21st century…The number of Facebook posts and selfies your presence would stimulate. The dirty texts, the awkward check-ins, the hen party mayhem!

The number of Facebook posts and selfies your presence would stimulate. The dirty texts, the awkward check-ins, the hen party mayhem!
The London Cockney has always loved a little tongue-n-cheek humour, so for tourists looking for the ultimate selfie to send your grandma we’ve compiled a list of our favourite London cock bars.

Ye Old Cock Tavern
Age does not always affect performance, and this Fleet Street pub is a long standing favourite attraction for tourists visiting The Strand. The Ye Olde Cock Tavern was originally known as Ye Cock and Bottle and dates back to 1549. Since then, many a double take has been witnessed, and even the classiest of visitors can omit a wee giggle. Younger cock pubs will find stiff competition in this old fellow.

Ye Old Cock Tavern, 22 Fleet St, London EC4Y 1AA

The Cock

Sometimes after a hard day of shopping the nearest cock, any cock, will do. It’s like Tinder, proximity matters. So although The Cock on Great Portland Street is nothing extraordinary, it’s walking distance from Oxford Circus. Location, Location, Location…

The Cock, 27 Great Portland Street, London, W1W 8QG

The Cock & Woolpack

Going with more of a farming feel (so as not to offend the delicate sensibilities of the banking community of course) this city hotspot in the banking district is the perfect after ‘work cock’ destination.

The Cock & Woolpack 6 Finch Lane, London EC3V 3NA

Cock Tavern

The Cock Tavern is for those who prefer a slightly smaller cock, or at least a slightly smaller beer garden. This Hackney establishment claims to have “Hackney’s Tiniest Beer Garden” so small you could hardly call it a garden. In this situation, size does matter, but sometimes in London when times are desperate you just have to take what you can get.

Cock Tavern, 315 Mare Street, Hackney, E8 1EJ

The Cock & Lion

This must have been one hell of a cock to avoid being eaten by the lion. There’s certainly a story to be told about how this establishment got its name, but you’ll have to ask the bartender to find out.

The Cock & Lion, 62 Wigmore St. London W1U 2SA

The Cock &  Dragon

Another exotic combo that seems like the kind of establishment Tyrion Lannister might frequent. This pub is found in the fantastic neighborhood of Cockfosters. If you ever caught the Piccadilly Line underground and giggled every time the last stop was announced why not stay until the end of the line and pay this pub a visit. Don’t forget to check in at The Cock & Dragon, Cockfosters.

14 Chalk Lane, Cockfosters, Barnet, Greater London EN4 9HU

Dirty Dicks:
This landmark sits opposite Liverpool Street station and welcomes unsuspecting tourists arriving from Stanstead airport. We know that this Dick is a Richard, not a cock, but such an institution deserves an honourable mention.

Dirty Dicks, 202 Bishopsgate, City of London EC2M 4NR

 

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