5 pubs with amazing interiors London

THE PRINCESS LOUISE

208 High Holborn
WC1V 7EP
Bloomsbury
+44 (0)20 7405 8816
www.princesslouisepub.co.uk

A fine example of a 19th-century ‘gin palace’ this large hostelry has one of the most spectacularly ornate pub interiors in London. It dates from 1891 and is very well preserved with original features including panelled wooden booths, bevelled glass, a circular bar and mosaic tiling. The whole building is listed for its historic merit with the men’s toilets having a special listing of their own for their incredible monumental marble fittings.

Princess Louise - © Robert Quayle
Princess Louise - © Robert Quayle

THE OLD BANK OF ENGLAND

194 Fleet St
EC4A 2LT
City
+44 (0)20 7430 2255
www.oldbankofengland.co.uk

This unusual pub occupies an imposing Grade I listed 1888 building which was once a branch of the Bank of England. The Crown Jewels and gold bullion were once stored in the vaults. The main bar room is hugely impressive and grand, with incredibly high ceilings, tall windows, raised galleries and an abundance of dark wood.

The Old Bank of England
The Old Bank of England

THE CHAMPION

12-13 Wells St
W1T 3PA
Soho
+44 (0)20 7323 1228

The Champion is notable for its highly unusual stained glass windows, which beautifully depict British sporting heroes and eminences of the Victorian period. These include cricketer WG Grace, mountaineer Edward Whymper, channel swimmer Matthew Webb and Florence Nightingale.

Champion - © Londoniscool.com
Champion - © Londoniscool.com

THE BLACKFRIAR

174 Queen Victoria St
EC4V 4EG
City
+44 (0)20 7236 5474

This unique pub stands on the site of the 13th-century Blackfriars monastery. The ecclesiastical history is richly portrayed on seemingly every surface of the interior, decorated in the early 20th century by designers associated with the Arts and Crafts movement. They really went to town on the design, with copper reliefs, mosaics and stone carvings giving a distinctly medieval feel to the place.

THE LAMB

94 Lamb’s Conduit St
WC1N 3LZ
Bloomsbury
+44 (0)20 7405 0713
www.thelamblondon.com

Named after George Lamb who erected a water conduit here in 1577, this Bloomsbury pub was built in the 1720s with the interiors dating from the Victorian period. It’s one of only a few pubs to have surviving ‘snob screens,’ which were made of wood and etched glass and designed to give privacy to courting gentlemen at the bar.

The Lamb
The Lamb

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