A historic pub interior of national importance
Listed Status: II93 Warrington Crescent
A truly opulent establishment given a major update in the 1890s. The main room has a grey marble-topped counter with unusual, bulgy pilasters and lozenge decorations. Grey marble also in the columns marching across one side of the room and embracing the mighty staircase. Over the servery is a semi-circular canopy sporting Art Nouveau paintings of naked ladies, with more such artwork on the back walls. The left hand room was once split in three and has more restrained décor. The high-level chequerwork glazed screens are well worth a look.
One of the most opulent London pubs, this spacious, stucco-fronted hotel was built in 1858. It was given a major update later in the century, probably in the 1890s, and the glorious tiled columns to the entrance porch and a huge mosaic floor bearing the name of the pub give some idea of the richness that lies on the other side of the doors.
The main room is on the right and has a grey marble-topped counter with unusual, bulgy pilasters and lozenge decoration. Grey marble also appears in the columns of a three-bay arcade which marches across the right-hand side of the room, embracing the generously scaled staircase to what is now the upstairs restaurant. Some of the windows have lively stained glass, while over the servery is a semi-circular canopy, decorated with Art Nouveau-style paintings of naked ladies. More such paintings, with the signature Colin Beswick 1965, appear on the back wall and are meant to evoke the unlikely story that has grown up that this was once a brothel.
The left-hand room was once clearly divided into three as the patterning in the ceiling shows. The lowest status part has matchboard wall panelling and an ornate, much decayed mirror advertising Bass pale ale. Other things to note are the attractive and unusual high-level chequerwork glazed screens, the skylight over the first-floor landing and the deep, decorative cornices on the first floor. Don't miss the Prince Alfred nearby.