George

Greater London Central - London

A historic pub interior of regional importance

This pub is currently closed (since 03/07/2016)

Listed Status: II

55 Great Portland Street
London, Fitzrovia
W1W 7LR

Tel: (020) 7636 0863

Email: hello@george-bloomsbury.co.uk

Website http://www.george-bloomsbury.co.uk/

Real Ale: Yes

Lunchtime Meals: Yes

Evening Meals: Yes

Nearby Station: Euston

Station Distance: 1300m

Public Transport: Near Railway Station (Euston) and Bus Stop

Bus: Yes

View on: Whatpub

Now a single drinking space, it is still well worth a visit for its collection of surviving, excellent late-Victorian fixtures and fittings. The panelled bar counter looks original, and there's also a magnificent five-bay back-fitting with etched and gilded mirrors with sprays of flowers and foliage. However, the most striking part of the pub is the left-hand side with its wood-panelled walls, etched and gilded mirrors, and delightful ceramic panels. In the front area are three elongated panels of ladies and gents on horseback, and at the rear it's fully panelled to the ceiling and decorated with mirrors and tiles with beautifully realised painted hunting dogs and a stag.

This is a popular pub, owned by Greene King, in the heart of Fitzrovia sitting proudly and ornately on the corner of two streets. It has now been turned into a single drinking space, yet it is still well worth a visit for its collection of surviving, excellent late-Victorian fixtures and fittings. The panelled bar counter seems original and behind it is a magnificent five-bay back-fitting with etched and gilded mirrors with the sprays of flowers and foliage that were so popular with pub fitters of the day. Yet, without doubt, the most appealing part of the pub is the left-hand side with its wood-panelled walls, more etched and gilded mirrors, and delightful ceramic panels. In the front area are three elongated panels of ladies and gents on horseback. The rear area has the air of a gentleman’s club, fully panelled to the ceiling and decorated with mirrors and tiles with beautifully realised painted hunting dogs and a stag – the pub’s patrons probably aspired to such a way of life.

Update July 2016 - Closed for amalgamation of 55 & 57 Gt Portland St to provide a dual/alternative use of the basement, ground and first floors as either a public house or restaurant and the use of the second to fourth floors as three flats. As at early April 2017 licensing app 17/02755/LIPN is an application by the Crown Estate, described as a ground floor bar with first floor restaurant facilities, with kitchen, stores, and cellar at basement level, spread across numbers 55 and 57 Gt Portland Street. The extent of the licensed premises include the basement and two upper floors excluding the separate residential entrance.

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