Museum Tavern

Greater London Central - London

A historic pub interior of regional importance

Listed Status: II

49 Great Russell Street
London, Bloomsbury

Tel: (020) 7242 8987




Real Ale: Yes

Real Cider: Yes

Lunchtime Meals: Yes

Evening Meals: Yes

Nearby Station: London Charing Cross

Station Distance: 1150m

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

Bus: Yes

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As the name suggests, this pub is right opposite the entrance to the British Museum. It claims a long history stretching back into the 18th century and was originally known as the Dog and Duck but changed its name with the arrival of the museum. The building we see today is a rebuilding of 1855 by the architect, William Finch Hill. Big changes took place in 1889 with a refitting by Wylson and Long for the then landlord, George Blizzard. The ornate bar-back and tapering counter survive as does one original mirror advertising Watney’s Imperial Stout (the other mirrors are from later). The four outside doors show how the interior was divided up in former days. You can still see the names ‘public bar’, ‘private bar’, ‘saloon’ and ‘luncheon buffet’ in the door and window glass. In fact there were five bars in all: they became three in 1935 and these, sadly, became one in the 1960s. The square panelling of the ceiling adds much to the character of the pub. There are two panels of stained glass at the rear of the pub. Unfortunately, the splendid fireplace at the far end has been compromised by the addition of inappropriate cabinets and tiles.

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