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#201 of 2,420 Bar in London
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Bar, British, Pub
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City of London
0.3 miles from St. Paul's Cathedral
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Great selection of Yorkshire ales ( Samuel Smiths pub). food good too, was tempted by the pud menu, so ordered Spotted Dick, with custard obviously. this had a nice touch to it as a little cinnamon was added to the mix. V helpful staff, as...evidenced during my stay, towards me and the other guests I saw being served. I do miss the sawdust which used to be on the floor a few years ago, but rules and regs dictate they cannot do that anymore. in the winter real coal fire.More

Date of visit: September 2020
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Me and my partner have been here a few times. We pop in every time we are in London and all I can say is that the place blows me away. It introduced me to my new favourite beer. Taddys Lager. We had a few...nibbles to share and they were so tasty and came very quickly considering it was a very busy time. So thankful we found this place.More

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed August 21, 2020

Not worth a special trip to visit! Walked a long way to get there, turned out to be nothing as good as we thought it would have

Date of visit: August 2020
Reviewed July 7, 2020

Our day was planned around a couple at this very quaint old pub. Nice sunny day along Fleet Street, then the heavens opened up and it hailed, so we scarpered up the little alleyway to the side entrance of the pub for shelter. We enjoyed...a quick drink in the tiny little bar......the beer was excellant. Such a great experience to be imbibing in a place with so much history. I f you get a chance, pop in for a quiet one or two.More

Date of visit: August 2019
Reviewed March 15, 2020

This place has been in business for ages, apparently. The architecture is really cool; you can go down a few stories underground and lose your cell signal completely, which is a plus. It's kind of surreal being in a place where people have drank for...hundreds of years. The staff are friendly and the beer selection is excellent.More

Date of visit: April 2019
Reviewed March 9, 2020

Ancient pub in business for hundreds of years. Lovely atmosphere. Staff and people we chatted to were very friendly. Beer was good too! See the stuffed parrot. Mind your head when you visit the toilets... people were much shorter in the old days !!!

Date of visit: March 2020
Reviewed March 8, 2020

This is such a cool bar to visit when you’re in London because of all the history behind it. We stopped for beer and fish and chips. The best one we had in London! Trust me, we had fish and chips for 6 days straight,...all in different places and this one is by far the best. Would recommend for the experience.More

Date of visit: March 2020
Reviewed March 7, 2020

Great experience and a good time in a neat place. Very old and quaint. Excellent food and local beers. Great staff. Not cheap but reasonable.

Date of visit: September 2019
Reviewed March 4, 2020

We arrived a bit late for UK dinner time (a bit after 8pm) but thought we'll give it a go and ask if they still served food. They said the kitchen was closed but that downstairs they'd probably still did serve food, so we went...downstairs and asked someone who was clearing up a table and she confirmed it was still possible. Found a table and got to the bar, asked again another waiter who handed us the menu and confirmed again they were still serving food. Ordered food & drinks, paid and were handed one of those receivers that would buzz when dinner is ready. Over 30 mins later the device buzzed and I was met by who seemed to be the bar manager, all apologetic saying that the kitchen had been closed all along. He gave us a refund (not including the drinks as I found out later) and kept repeating how sorry he was and offered to pay for another round (he could have just refunded the drinks I think!). Had to leave my drink unfinished as we had to leave to try find somewhere else to haver dinner after 9pm. Such a disappointment!!!More

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed February 21, 2020 via mobile

It’s a great place, with several rooms. We had been on the lowest underground storey and it is a very good place to visit and have a good time in London. Nice ambiance, excellent beer and service.

Date of visit: July 2019
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January 10, 2020|
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It’s not a favourite chair it’s a bench in the corner of the original pub. There is a plaque which reads “This was the seat most frequently occupied by Charles Dickens. There is a chair which was used by Dr Samuel Johnson... More
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November 23, 2018|
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We are open 12pm until 11pm
March 22, 2018|
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Response from SparkleMermaid | Reviewed this property |
Yes ~ pub fare (food) its delicious
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