“There is nothing which has yet been contrived by man, by which so much happiness is produced as by a good tavern.”

Nearly 300 years later and the words of Samuel Johnson still carry the ring of truth.

But then Dr Johnson was informed on many subjects: it was he who famously observed that “when a man is tired of London he is tired of life.”

We’d like to think the good doctor would have approved of an article rounding up the best pubs in and around the City.

From ancient institutions to thrusting up-and-comers, these are the best boozers the Square Mile has to offer.

Try and visit them all – just maybe not in one night.