Nags Head

Greater London South West - London

A historic pub interior of some regional importance

Listed Status: Not listed

53 Kinnerton Street
London, Belgravia
SW1X 8ED

Tel: (020) 7235 1135

Website http://www.thenagsheadlondon.co.uk/

Real Ale: Yes

Lunchtime Meals: Yes

Evening Meals: Yes

Nearby Station: London Victoria

Station Distance: 1100m

Bus: Yes

View on: Whatpub

This pub of considerable charm and character appears on first sight to be of great antiquity, but closer inspection reveals that it has been subject to considerable alteration over the years. The current bar was knocked together from a tiny public bar and smoke room, and the counter was moved in 1974, which is probably the date of the bar back. Stairs lead to a small upstairs drinking area. A second set of stairs lead downwards to a lounge, which was created in 1947.

This pub of considerable charm and character appears on first sight to be of great antiquity, but closer inspection reveals that it has been subject to considerable alteration over the years. There was certainly a pub in the building in the 19th century, with the essentials of the current layout visible on plans dating from 1906, but the configuration of the interior was modified during or before 1947 and again in 1974.

On entering the main door, there is a small ground floor with two fireplaces. Wooden panelling on the walls is covered with old artefacts and memorabilia, although the majority were probably purchased and installed in the late 20th century, including the stoves which have been placed in the fireplaces. Old photographs suggest that the bar counter may be made from the timbers of an older bar, and the unusual beer engines date from the mid-19th century. The back of bar was probably constructed in 1974; there is an illuminated brewery logo on the fascia. The current bar was knocked together from a tiny public bar and smoke room, and the counter has at least been moved from the position it occupied between 1906 and 1947. Stairs lead to a small upstairs drinking area.

A second set of stairs lead downwards to a lounge. This is again wood panelled with a fireplace at the rear of the room,. The floor consists of stone flags which may predate the mid-20th century modifications. Plans reveal that in the early 20th century the bulk of this area was occupied by a kitchen, but a larger space was created, probably during or before 1947 by the removal of the kitchen. The downstairs bar counter was installed at the same time.

Although partitions have been removed, the basic early 20th century configuration in the ground floor and lower bars can still be detected. Despite the uncertainties surrounding the age of many of the fittings and the dates of the mid-century internal modifications, the pub is undoubtedly of Some Regional Interest.

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