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Edgar Wallace

40 Essex Street

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Opening Times


Monday3.00 pm - 11.00 pm
TuesdayNoon - 11.00 pm
WednesdayNoon - 11.00 pm
ThursdayNoon - 11.00 pm
FridayNoon - 11.00 pm

Meal Times

Mon 3pm - 9pm
Tue - Thu noon - 9pm
Fri noon - 6pm
Sat & Sun No Service



About the Pub

Just off Fleet Street near the Royal Courts of Justice, the barristers' chambers in the Temple and the Aldwych, this is a real gem of a one room pub, with an additional drinking and eating room upstairs. The ceiling is packed with the landlord's collection of beer mats, and the walls and back bar - and more! - can only be described as a mecca of advertising signs for beers, sherry, port, cigarettes, tobacco and cigars of the past. There is also a shelf of Edgar Wallace crime novels, pub guides and other books will make you want to linger.

The choice of real ales, sourced nationally, may be more limited than pre-pandemic. Good value pub grub is served all day (but just until 6pm on Fridays). It's a "quiet" pub with no music; laptops, mobiles and so on are not allowed. Please note that, like many pubs in this legal area, it does not open at all at weekends.

Historic Interest

There has been a pub here since at least 1777. Past customers of the Essex Head Tavern (known as Sam's for the publican Samuel Greaves, an old servant of Mr. Thrale - of H. Thrale & Co., brewers at the Anchor Brewery Southwark) included Dr. Samuel Johnson and Richard Brocklesbury who are said to have founded the Essex Head Club here in 1783. Rebuilt in 1891 as the Essex Head, it took its present name in 1975 to celebrate the centenary of the famous crime writer's birth.

Regular ales

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Changing ales

This pub serves 3 changing beers.

Changing beers typically include:

  • Redemption --varies--
  • Southwark --varies--
  • St Austell Tribute

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  • RealAle Real Ale Available
  • Quiet Quiet Pub


  • LunchtimeMeals Lunchtime Meals
  • EveningMeals Evening Meals

    Not on Fridays.

  • Garden Garden

    Several pavement tables.

  • DogFriendly Dog Friendly
  • FamilyFriendly Family Friendly

    Until 5pm, but only if eating.

  • FunctionRoom Function Room


  • Smoking Smoking Area

    Outside the front of the pub.

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Edgar Wallace

40 Essex Street

Sat Nav Reference

51.512687, -0.112778


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

Nearby Bus Routes (75m)

TfL: 11, 15, 4, 23, 26, 76, 172, 341

Nearby Station (700m)

London Blackfriars

Nearby London Underground/Overground/DLR (200m)


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Edgar Wallace WC2-1 Feb 2018

Edgar Wallace

40 Essex Street

Pub Features

  • Real Ale Available
  • Quiet Pub
  • Lunchtime Meals
  • Evening Meals
  • Garden
  • Dog Friendly
  • Family Friendly
  • Function Room
  • Smoking Area
  • Close to Bus Routes
  • Close to Railway Station
  • Close to London Underground / Overground / DLR

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