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Harp

(formerly Welsh Harp)

47 Chandos Place
Charing Cross
London
WC2N 4HS

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Opening Times

Regular

MondayMidday - 11.00 pm
TuesdayMidday - 11.00 pm
WednesdayMidday - 11.00 pm
ThursdayMidday - 11.00 pm
FridayMidday - 11.00 pm
Saturday11.00 am - 11.00 pm
SundayMidday - 9.00 pm

Meal Times

12 - 2 Mon - Sat
No Service Sun

Operator

Fuller's

About the Pub

The Harp for many years was first tenanted and then owned by the legendary Binnie Walsh, who ran it as a small, friendly, and independent free house with a large selection of well-kept ales and still ciders. Under her leadership it picked up numerous awards including in 2010 the ultimate accolade, CAMRA National Pub of the Year.

In 2014 the pub was bought by Fuller's who upgraded the plumbing and wiring but otherwise left the pub pretty much the same. Fuller's gave a commitment that it would continue to recognise this iconic pub, particularly amongst ale and cider drinkers. From 2014 the pub has carried on winning various CAMRA and other awards (see 2018 branch Pub of the Year photo with manager Paul Sims and branch chairman the late Les Maggs) including again branch PoTY in 2020. A board in the upstairs lounge now lists its various awards (with plenty of space left!).

The pub is popular with musicians and stage hands from the London Coliseum (when they can squeeze in!), for whom it has a convenient back door. The narrow bar is adorned with mirrors and portraits; there is no intrusive music or TV; and the upstairs room provides a refuge from the busy throng. This pub is deservedly popular as a main real ale destination venue in central London and can become very crowded, but once you manage to get to the bar you will normally be spotted and served quickly.

The alleyway (Brydges Place, formerly Taylors Buildings until the 1930s) next door was for years blocked with doors by the pub's neighbour, the Institute of Chinese Medicine. Through the campaigning efforts of a CAMRA member and a local business man Westminster Council reasserted rights, after more than 10 years, to this as a public highway and the doors were removed. The Harp site has been noted by Westminster Council as an unlisted building of merit.

Historic Interest

Dating from at least 1785, it was the Welsh Harp until 1995. Photographed in 1892 (Reference Number BL11729 in Historic England's archive), the signage on the pub's elevation features a large harp and above that 'Gilbert's', the name of the licensee Edwin Henry Gilbert who also appears with his family and staff in the 1891 census. Whose beers were on sale at that time is not certain. There's a reference to From Hammersmith above the ground floor window but this does not seem to have been from Fuller's.

Regular cask ales

This pub serves 4 regular beers.

  • Dark Star American Pale Ale
  • Dark Star Hophead
  • Fuller's London Pride
  • Harvey's Sussex Best Bitter

Changing cask ales

This pub serves 5 changing beers.

Source: National

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Features

  • RealAle Real Ale Available
  • MemberDiscountScheme Member Discount Scheme

    10% off real ales.

  • LocAle LocAle Accredited

    Various.

  • Quiet Quiet Pub

Facilities

  • LunchtimeMeals Lunchtime Meals

    The legendary sausages.

  • Events Events

    Occasional meet the brewer evenings, and tap takeovers.

  • Smoking Smoking Area

    At rear in Brydges Place.

  • WiFi Wifi

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Harp

47 Chandos Place
Charing Cross
London
WC2N 4HS

Sat Nav Reference

51.509653, -0.125988

Transport

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

Nearby Bus Routes (125m)

Various

Nearby Station (200m)

London Charing Cross

Nearby London Underground/Overground/DLR (200m)

Charing Cross

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Harp WC2 Aug 2015

Harp

47 Chandos Place
Charing Cross
London
WC2N 4HS

Pub Features

  • Real Ale Available
  • Member Discount Scheme
  • LocAle Accredited
  • Quiet Pub
  • Lunchtime Meals
  • Events
  • Smoking Area
  • Wifi
  • Close to Bus Routes
  • Close to Railway Station
  • Close to London Underground / Overground / DLR

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