Shakespeares Head

Greater London Central - London

A historic pub interior of regional importance

Listed Status: Not listed

1 Arlington Way
London, Finsbury

Tel: (020) 7837 2581

Real Ale: Yes

Nearby Station: Farringdon

Station Distance: 1050m

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

Bus: Yes

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Substantially complete early post-war pubs are now a great rarity and this is one of them. It was rebuilt in 1960 and designed by N. E. Morley, chief architect to brewers Courage & Barclay. In those days multi-room pubs were still in vogue – in this case a two-roomer. The partition between the public and lounge bars has been removed but otherwise things are scarcely altered with the original counter, bar back, ply panelling to the walls, fixed seating and even the tiling in the loos. Even some nice wooden tables survive, emblazoned with a star motif.

Built 1960 by Courage Brewery the only change is the removal of the wall that separated the public bar and the lounge in the late 1980s; the original fittings remain. The building is of brick part of two storeys and both parts have flat roofs.

The U-shaped single room retains the original counter on the left made of brick and painted black with a shelf just short of the top lined with black Formica and a wooden top. The bar back of glass shelves is very 1960s. Panelling on the rear left wall is good quality 1960s and elsewhere there is floor to ceiling ply panelling. On the right the bar counter is of wood with sections of button leatherette panels and a shelf just short of the top lined with black Formica and a wooden top. There is a brick painted black fireplace with an electric fire and the fixed seating looks original. All the walls have floor to ceiling ply panelling. The gents’ appears unchanged with a middle row of blue diamond tiles and the ladies’ has yellow ones.

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