Black Lion

Greater London North West - Kilburn

A historic pub interior of national importance

Listed Status: II*

274 Kilburn High Road

Tel: (020) 7624 1424


Real ale & Cider: Real Ale

Lunchtime Meals: Yes

Evening Meals: Yes

Nearby Station: West Hampstead

Station Distance: 700m

Public Transport: Near Railway Station (West Hampstead) and Bus Stop

Bus: Yes

View on: Whatpub

Pride of place inside this imposing corner-site pub of 1898 goes to four copper relief panels by designer F.A. Callcott; they depict 18th century ladies and gents disporting themselves at the pub’s supposed antecedent. However there is much other spectacular and appealing decoration, including ornate Florentine friezes in both rooms, a fine ceiling and etched windows on the side elevation. The main space would have been more divided than now though one screen survives, albeit not in its original position.

An imposing corner-site pub built in 1898 to designs by architect, R. A. Lewcock. It has a spacious, light interior enriched with some particularly spectacular and appealing decoration. Pride of place goes to the series of four copper relief panels by designer F. A. Callcott depicting eighteenth-century ladies and gents at leisure at the supposed antecedent of the present pub. They are variously pictured enjoying a game of bowls, drinking and smoking, watching the inn sign being painted, and taking the waters at Kilburn Wells, the spa that lay nearby to the south. There is a deep and superbly ornate Florentine frieze in both main rooms and also a richly decorated ceiling. When built the main space would have been much more subdivided than it is now but there is still one screen surviving: it was moved to its present position during a major refurbishment in 2003, before which it was at right-angles to the main road. Long, panelled bar counter and original bar-back. Fine etched windows on the side elevation but mostly sadly removed from the front. The large room on the right (now a restaurant) was originally a music room.

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