Though nowhere near the oldest or most storied pub in London, the Blackfriar is certainly one of the most beautiful. Opened in 1905, and saved from demolition by Sir John Betjeman, a noted poet and broadcaster with an affinity for protecting architectural wonders.
From the pub's website: "Our historic Art Nouveau Grade II masterpiece of a pub was built in 1905 on the site of a Dominican friary. The building was designed by architect H. Fuller-Clark and artist Henry Poole, both committed to the free-thinking of the Arts and Crafts Movement. Jolly friars appear everywhere in the pub in sculptures, mosaics and reliefs. We are lucky to still be here as our wonderful pub was saved from demolition by a campaign led by Sir John Betjeman."
It's a charming pub with loads of atmosphere and ambience, certainly worthy of a stop-in and a pint...or two.