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Museum Tavern

49 Great Russell Street

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Opening Times


Monday11.00 am - 11.30 pm
Tuesday11.00 am - 11.30 pm
Wednesday11.00 am - 11.30 pm
Thursday11.00 am - 11.30 pm
Friday11.00 am - Midnight
Saturday11.00 am - Midnight
Sunday11.00 am - 10.30 pm

Meal Times

Mon - Sun 11am - 9pm


Greene King

About the Pub

A magnificent Victorian pub opposite the British Museum, a CAMRA Heritage Pub. Originally the Dog and Duck stood on this site, signifying local duck hunting. John Creed became landlord in 1762 and initiated the name British Museum Tavern, to identify the pub with the nearby collection, which was being developed from specimens collected by Sir Hans Sloane. William Finch Hill designed the 1855 redevelopment with the ground floor front and classic mahogany back bar fitting being evident today.

1889 saw another redesign of the interior by architects Wylson and Long. Finch's classical style was partly preserved as five separate bars were created, with partitions and decorations of stained glass. Two rare examples of these stained glass windows survive in the bar today, an essential part of any visit. Five bars were reduced to three in 1935 becoming one in the 1960s. The five sets of entrance doors are all that remains of this arrangement today.

Traditional pub food is served. Pre pandemic this was a rare regular outlet for Old Peculier but as at Nov 2021 it has not come back and neither have any guest beers. Ciders such as Weston's no longer meet CAMRA's definition of "real cider".

Historic Interest

Grade II listing:- Public house. c1855-64. By William Finch Hill and EL Paraire. Stucco with wooden public house ground floor. Modified French Renaissance style. 4 storeys. 1 window with 1-window splayed corner and symmetrical 5-window return to Museum Street. Public house front with Corinthian pilasters and colonnettes carrying entablature with dentil cornice. Round-arched, recessed openings with panelled dados. Entrance on splayed corner with fanlight and double part-glazed doors. Main entrance on Museum Street with pediment, rectangular fanlight and double part-glazed doors. 1st to 3rd floors with rusticated corner and pilaster strips at angles capped by small segmental pediments. 2-pane sash windows. 1st floor round-arched, architraved, recessed sashes, above which architraved oculi with decorative grills and enriched with swags. 2nd floor segmental-arched architraved sashes. Console bracketed cornice beneath 3rd floor recessed sashes. Coved cornice and blocking course. INTERIOR: retains some original fittings including Classically styled wood back fitting to bar (glass later).

Regular ales

This pub serves 3 regular beers.

  • Greene King Abbot
  • Greene King IPA
  • St Austell Tribute

Changing ales

This pub serves 1 changing beer.

Changing beers typically include:

  • Southwark Bermondsey Best

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  • RealAle Real Ale Available
  • MemberDiscountScheme Member Discount Scheme

    10% off real ales.

  • CaskMarque Cask Marque Accredited
  • RealHeritagePub Historic Pub Interior

    Regionally Historic Pub Interior


  • DisabledAccess Disabled Access

    To pub only.

  • LunchtimeMeals Lunchtime Meals
  • EveningMeals Evening Meals
  • Garden Garden

    Pavement seating.

  • DogFriendly Dog Friendly
  • FamilyFriendly Family Friendly
  • WiFi Wifi

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Museum Tavern

49 Great Russell Street

Sat Nav Reference

51.518122, -0.125923


  • <Bus Close to Bus Routes
  • <Underground Close to London Underground / Overground / DLR

Nearby Bus Routes (100m)

7, 98

Closest Station (1150m)

London Charing Cross

Nearby London Underground/Overground/DLR (400m)

Tottenham Court Road

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Museum Tavern

49 Great Russell Street

Pub Features

  • Real Ale Available
  • Member Discount Scheme
  • Cask Marque Accredited
  • Historic Pub Interior
  • Disabled Access
  • Lunchtime Meals
  • Evening Meals
  • Garden
  • Dog Friendly
  • Family Friendly
  • Wifi
  • Close to Bus Routes
  • Close to London Underground / Overground / DLR

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