The Seven Stars
The Seven Stars
4
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Monday
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Saturday
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Top ways to experience The Seven Stars and nearby attractions

The area
Address
Neighborhood: Clapham / Battersea 
How to get there
  • Chancery Lane • 5 min walk
  • Temple • 6 min walk
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4.0 of 5 bubbles91 reviews
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Very good
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CallmeSteveStA
St. Albans, UK1,029 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
It's a pub that draws you in from the outside. And, indeed it is a proper pub inside. We presented ourselves at the small bar and the young lady in hot pants behind the bar was chatting to her chums. Thinking she'd finish up we waited..and waited. I was just about to say oi! when she eventually decided to sell beer. Proper pants!

We had a decent pint of Ghost Ship. We sat next to a big cat who dare not go outside as the other cats would laugh at it's ruff collar.

It's just as you'd imagine a pub to be inside, with lots of interesting art on the walls.
Written February 21, 2020
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AJ
Austin, TX1,145 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
Solid pint, solid pub. Located just behind the Royal Courts of Justice, this might be a bit off the beaten path for tourists. Staff was very welcoming, poured a good pint, and told me where The General could be found, as I really wanted to say hello to the big black cat who has somehow been convinced to wear a ruff. Needless to say, he was not interested in attending to customers at the moment, but I still enjoyed my time at the Seven Stars. Would definitely return.
Written February 12, 2024
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Vincent M
New Orleans, LA2,213 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2016 • Solo
As a foreigner who’s quaffed his fair share of brews round the world, I was delighted with the wide assortment of beers here that I’d never heard of before, let alone encountered. Rather than take a blind pick from this terra incognita, I simply asked the barkeep which ones he recommended, and that worked out splendidly. I recommend that Americans, Canadians and other colonials who are stumped by the selection solicit local advice. I found all the staff to be professional, proficient, and polite.

I had taken some pains to actually find the Seven Stars, on the chance that it might just be the only surviving Elizabethan pub in the heart of London. The Seven Stars’ building survived the Great Fire of 1666, which treated most of London’s Tudor structures like dry kindling doused with aviation fuel. But prior to the Great Fire, the history of the pub gets murkier than the first pull from a new keg. The Seven Stars dates its building from 1602, but 1602 is a little suspicious, since Queen Elizabeth died in March 1603. Anything built in 1603 probably isn’t Tudor; anything built in 1604 definitely isn’t Tudor, but everything built in 1602, just as definitely is. A mighty convenient year, that 1602.

The building is on the National Historical List, but the NHL simply states “Perhaps C17 in origins (dated 1602)” which we already knew. The Seven Star’s sturdier beams and floorboards may well have been in place when Good Queen Bess was alive and kicking, and the low ceilings and stairway look quite ancient as well. But even if the building did exist in 1602, there’s no guarantee that Will Shakespeare could have drafted The Tempest over a pint here, or that Ben Jonson could have gotten into a brawl after a flagon too many. In short, there’s no guarantee that it was a watering hole back then. And even if it started out as one, it might have been converted to residential or other use centuries ago, and then reconverted back to a public house, in which case it wouldn’t qualify as a 400-year old pub. Much of the pub you see today only evolved during Darwin’s lifetime: the current wooden public house frontage and the interior bar backs with mirrors were both installed sometime in the 1800s. This may have been a licensed premise before then, but at the very least it has been a pub continuously since Victorian times.

Having said that, the Seven Seas is atmospheric as all get out, and certainly looks much older than pubs in 19th century buildings. The beers I tried were very, very good; and somewhat to my surprise, the post-sentencing crowd was quite upbeat and friendly. In the twilight hours, after all the miscreants who’ve been found guilty next door have been taken away to be shipped off to Australia or whatever they do with them nowadays, the pub crowd inside is standing room only, and even overlaps out the Tu dors—er, two doors (see Seven Stars Tu dor Pub photo).

Another TA reviewer noted that the (400-year-old?) narrow stairs “may not be suitable for anyone with walking difficulties.” Quote. I take it this is an example of that droll British understatement we foreigners hear about. I got news: those bad boys may not even be suitable for someone without walking difficulties; and if you lack such difficulties when you take your first step up from the bottom, you may have gained quite a few of ‘em by the time you take the last step down from the top, and kiss the floor with relief at having lived to tell the tale with your neck in one piece. Having said that, since this is an NHL-listed C17 building, I can see where replacing those stairs with a bright shiny lift might be objectionable.

Bottom line: despite the “are you feeling lucky, punk” route to the loo, I love this place and strongly recommend you stop by sometime. I can’t comment on the pub grub, because I didn’t order any.
Written September 20, 2016
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aliciaelliott92
London, UK1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2016 • Couples
I brought my mum & dad to this pub for my dad's birthday due to my granddad having a tailors in the 'Wig Room' which is now part of the pub. My granddad died 14 years ago now so it meant a lot to my dad to visit where he used to work. We spoke to the Landlady as we thought it would be nice to have some more history within the room. She was very rude about this & didn't want to hear a thing about the history & what my granddad provided for the law courts & Sir Winston Churchill.

As a family we are very very disappointed in her attitude & will not be visiting again.
Written October 24, 2016
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wanderlondon
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2014
The bar staff truly have a chip on their shoulder in this place. Completely unnecessary condescending attitude adopted by both of them. I felt compelled to write this review because they do not deserve your custom. There is absolutely no need to be rude and obnoxious towards customers. The pub itself is average at best and the choice of drinks is limited. Even the cat looks marginally suicidal. I can't blame him. The guy with black hair behind the bar is certainly repressing something. Avoid.
Written December 6, 2014
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Crescentan
La Crescenta, California61 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2013 • Friends
Once past the historic associations of the building, the reality is that this pub appears to be living on its reputation and the affection its regulars have for it. The rooms are cheerless, full of worn, shabby and uncomfortable furniture. It is in effect, the neighborhood boozer, the sort of drinking hole you find in college towns, escaped to the city. On the plus side, the bartender was willing and helpful during our visit and the beer fine. Unfortunately, the owner, who was in the night we visited, was a period piece from an earlier era of British service decades ago, one in which rudeness and unhelpfulness were a sort of badge of independence and self worth - a sign that you weren't knuckling under to the toffs. We couldn't wait to leave.
Written June 3, 2013
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Grisi22
3 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Family
For many years we've been regular guests at "The Seven Stars" pub. Hardly any vacations in London without paying a visit, which was mainly for the (previously) rich choice of Adnams beers.
The owner, Roxy, has always been quite a character and rest rooms on the first floor were an experience of its own kind.
Today, Sunday late afternoon, I wanted to meet up with my partner at "The Seven Stars". I was quite astonished to hear Roxy snapping at me "sorry, no babies allowed", when I was about to enter the half-empty pub with our two-and-a-half year old. ...sorry, folks, but we are not going to return!
You should at least indicate this kind of house rules on your website or present a prohibition sign on your front door.
Written October 28, 2018
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MonJL
Perth, Australia18 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2017 • Friends
Came here with friends for dinner. The food was great although we were a bit hungry after and had to get some extra food on the way home. The bar girl was fairly aloof with us. My drink came in a bottle with a dirty glass on the side. Asked for a clean glass and got another dirty one in an annoyed manner. So disgusting, see the attached pic. Cod and chips were tasty for £14. They place is really old, which is the best part of it. They could all probably do with a bit of hospitality training and a new dishwasher.
Written January 26, 2017
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JohnBonza
London, UK225 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2012 • Friends
This is an exceptional little historic pub tucked away behind the Royal Courts of Justice. Serves great beer (Hophead, Adnams). It's just a shame about the landlady. She's the plump woman with pink hair; calls herself Roxy Burgundy I think. Service "never with a smile" and keeps you waiting while she chats to mates. Then stares at you as if you had committed a heinous crime. Can't recall meeting someone quite so rude in a very long time. By the way, the other bar staff are lovely. Shame on you Roxy.
Written April 28, 2012
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janetdenham
Walker, LA32 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018
Roxy is rather rude. A bit full of herself, Food good and ales wonderful. Staff and Ms. Roxy really need to rethink their treatment of us Southerners who specifically take the time to visit her establishment. You know, reviews travel back to the States!
Written August 31, 2019
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