Dog & Duck

Greater London Central - London

A historic pub interior of national importance

Listed Status: II

18 Bateman Street
London, Soho

Tel: (020) 7494 0697



Real Ale: Yes

Lunchtime Meals: Yes

Evening Meals: Yes

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

Bus: Yes

View on: Whatpub

Built in 1897, the interior here had a makeover around 1930; features like the polished granite and larvikite facings on the ground floor and restrained woodwork of the left-hand part no doubt date from this time. The Victorian original remains by way of extensive wall-tiling and large, framed advertising mirrors. There would once have been several small rooms but it is hard now to work out exactly how things once were.

A gorgeous, small and very popular (i.e. packed) Soho pub, it was built in 1897 to designs by the architect Francis Chambers for Cannon Brewery. The exterior has glazed brick upper floors incorporating a stone carving of the animals mentioned in its name (note also the delightful mosaic of the animals at the Frith Street entrance). The ground floor has polished granite and Larvikite facings, which probably date from a 1930s makeover. The interior is also a mixture of Victorian and inter-war work – the former represented by extensive wall-tiling and a couple of large, framed advertising mirrors promoting long-vanished tobacco and mineral water products. The more restrained work of around 1930 is found in the woodwork of the left-hand part. This was also probably the time when the pub was opened up and took its present single-space layout. Its Victorian predecessor would undoubtedly have had several divisions but it is hard to work out exactly how things were. The present servery now blocks a former outside door. Brass-topped tables.

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