Williamsons Tavern

Greater London Central - London

A historic pub interior of some regional importance

Listed Status: Not listed

1 Groveland Court
London, St Paul’s

Tel: (020) 7248 5750

Email: williamsonstavern@nicholsonspubs.com

Website https://www.nicholsonspubs.co.uk/restaurants/london/williamsonstaverngrovelandcourtlondon

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/WilliamsonsTav

Real Ale: Yes

Lunchtime Meals: Yes

Evening Meals: Yes

Nearby Station: London Cannon Street

Station Distance: 350m

Public Transport: Near Railway Station (Cannon Street) and Bus Stop

Bus: Yes

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A tucked-away three storey brick pub rebuilt in 1934. The panelled counter in the front bar could be inter-war, ditto the lower bar-back shelves and the brick fireplace. In the larger bar at the back, the counter and bar-back are in a similar style but look modern; the panelling could be inter-war and the leaded windows almost certainly are. The cellar bar also has a good window but everything else is recent.

A tucked-away three-storey brick pub re-built 1934 with three rooms, the first of which is little changed over the years and is said to hold the oldest excise licence in the City.

The front bar has a bare wood floor and the panelled bar counter with its curved central section looks like it could be inter-war (but Nicholsons are known for quality refurbishments). Look for the ledge on the door the staff use to get to the servery and you will see the wording “Waitresses Only”. The bar back lower shelves look to date from the 1930s (but three fridges have replaced the central section) and the top part has a lot of modern work. On the right is a 1930s brick fireplace in a wood surround, which may also be old. Radiators behind the fixed seating looks to date from just post-war. The toilets at the front part of the pub have small black and white chequerboard tiled floors and the dado wall tiling is of an inter-war style (but most tiles look modern).

A short passage leads to a larger bar at the rear where the bar counter has a similar style but looks modern and the bar back is good but is also modern. The dado panelling around most of the room could be inter-war and there are more just post-war radiators and a number of 1930s inter-war leaded windows. The third room is the Martha’s Cellar Bar / Dining Room downstairs which has a lovely semicircular wooden narrow panelled frontage and good old white marble top but the staff say the bar was changed 30 years ago from one straight across the room so is this an import? Another 1930s stained glass window at the rear.

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