Guinea

Greater London Central - London

A historic pub interior of regional importance

Listed Status: Not listed

30 Bruton Place
London, Mayfair
W1J 6NL

Tel: (020) 7409 1728

Email: guinea@youngs.co.uk

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

Real Ale: Yes

Lunchtime Meals: Yes

Evening Meals: Yes

Nearby Station: London Charing Cross

Station Distance: 1450m

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

Bus: Yes

View on: Whatpub

In a back street in the heart of Mayfair, this Young’s pub occupies a three-storey brick building with a prominent oriel window. The front windows have etched glass bearing the name of the pub and the highly suspect intelligence that it was ‘established 1423’ (when Mayfair was little more than ploughed fields). Its chief interest lies in the evidence of the way Victorian pubs were subdivided. On the left the door glass identifies a ‘private bar’ while that on the right mentions a ‘lounge bar’. And inside there is the very rare survival of a screen on the left-hand side which still retains its door. Screens like this were once absolutely standard equipment in thousands of London pubs. The right-hand side would have had a screen between the front and rear areas (note how the ceiling differs: boarded at the front, plain plaster at the rear). The Victorian bar counter, with panelling and console brackets, remains as do parts of the bar-back. The restaurant area at the back left has old panelling and has probably long been a pub room.

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