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Ship & Shovell

1-3 Craven Passage
Charing Cross
London
WC2N 5PH

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Opening Times

Regular

Mondayclosed
TuesdayMidday - 11.00 pm
WednesdayMidday - 11.00 pm
ThursdayMidday - 11.00 pm
FridayMidday - 11.00 pm
SaturdayMidday - 11.00 pm
Sundayclosed

Meal Times

No Service Mon
12 - 3.30 Tue - Fri
12 - 4 Sat
No Service Sun

About the Pub

Attractive welcoming pub almost underneath Charing Cross Station, it is, perhaps uniquely (for London, at least), divided into two separate halves, these buildings facing each other across Craven Passage alleyway which runs between Villiers Street and Craven Street.

Both were originally early Georgian terraced houses, later refaced and the interiors remodelled to suit their conversion to commercial premises. Despite being grade II listed in 1970, the original pub was under threat of demolition until bought by Hall & Woodhouse in 1997. The smaller bar opposite (not open all the time) was added in 1999: converted from an antiques shop, it has provided a snug and the upstairs Crows Nest room.

In early 2017, the pub underwent a subtle refurbishment: most noticeably, the carpet was removed to expose an attractive wooden floor. The wonderful etched mirrors, engraved glass, polished brass, wood paneling and nautical pictures all remain, as do discreetly placed TVs for certain sporting events.

As a tied house, the cask ales are all from the Badger range. Hot meals of classic pub food, smaller dishes and sandwiches are available at lunchtime and cold bar snacks in the evening when the main menu is not served.

The pub is named after Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell whose portrait hangs in the main bar, along with a description of his fleet's grounding off the Scilly Isles in 1707, drowning him and two thousand of his men. This catastrophe is believed to have inspired the Admiralty to offer the Longitude Prize for an accurate nautical timepiece.

Regular cask ales

This pub serves 4 regular beers.

  • Hall and Woodhouse [Badger] --seasonal--
  • Hall and Woodhouse [Badger] Badger Best Bitter
  • Hall and Woodhouse [Badger] Fursty Ferret
  • Hall and Woodhouse [Badger] Tanglefoot

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Features

  • RealAle Real Ale Available
  • Quiet Quiet Pub

Facilities

  • LunchtimeMeals Lunchtime Meals
  • Garden Garden

    Limited pavement standing areas.

  • DogFriendly Dog Friendly

    Well-behaved dogs only.

  • FamilyFriendly Family Friendly

    When dining.

  • Newspapers Newspapers
  • Smoking Smoking Area

    Pavement.

  • SportsTV Sports TV

    Only for certain events.

  • WiFi Wifi

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Ship & Shovell

1-3 Craven Passage
Charing Cross
London
WC2N 5PH

Sat Nav Reference

51.507592, -0.124684

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 (125m)

London Charing Cross

Nearby London Underground/Overground/DLR (150m)

Charing Cross

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Photo date: May 2013

Ship & Shovell

1-3 Craven Passage
Charing Cross
London
WC2N 5PH

Pub Features

  • Real Ale Available
  • Quiet Pub
  • Lunchtime Meals
  • Garden
  • Dog Friendly
  • Family Friendly
  • Newspapers
  • Smoking Area
  • Sports TV
  • Wifi
  • Close to Bus Routes
  • Close to Railway Station
  • Close to London Underground / Overground / DLR

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