Paxton's Head

Greater London South West - London

A historic pub interior of regional importance

Listed Status: II

153 Knightsbridge
London, Knightsbridge
SW1X 7PA

Tel: (020) 7589 6627

Email: 7225@greeneking.co.uk

Website https://www.greeneking-pubs.co.uk/pubs/greater-london/paxtons-head/

Real Ale: Yes

Real Cider: Yes

Nearby Station: London Victoria

Station Distance: 2000m

Public Transport: Near Railway Station (London Victoria) and Bus Stop

Bus: Yes

View on: Whatpub

This popular pub is but a small part of the massive Park Mansions retail and residential redevelopment designed by architect G D Martin: it is located in the phase that was built in 1900-2. There had been a pub on the site for generations and thus we have an interesting example of continuous usage for the licensed trade. The name commemorates Joseph Paxton who designed the Crystal Palace which once stood nearby. Superlative etched and cut glass can be found lining the walls and in doors and baffles. Motifs include grotesque masks, mythical birds, fruit, flowers and swirling foliage – all stock features in the repertoire of contemporary pub glass designs. Note the doors at the rear right which have PH monograms.

This popular pub is but a small part of the massive Park Mansions retail and residential redevelopment designed by architect G D Martin: it is located in the phase that was built in 1900-2. There had been a pub on the site for generations and thus we have an interesting example of continuous usage for the licensed trade. The name commemorates Joseph Paxton who designed the Crystal Palace which once stood nearby. Superlative etched and cut glass can be found lining the walls and in doors and baffles. Motifs include grotesque masks, mythical birds, fruit, flowers and swirling foliage – all stock features in the repertoire of contemporary pub glass designs. Note the doors at the rear right which have PH monograms.

The bar counter with its panelled front and the ornate stillion in the middle date back to 1902, as does the central lobby with clock above. There is also an attractive Lincrusta ceiling with foliage decoration. Originally there would have been subdivisions surrounding the counter but these have all been swept away. The superstructure on the counter and bridges to the side walls are modern work.

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