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Bloomsbury Tavern

236 Shaftesbury Avenue

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Opening Times


MondayNoon - 10.00 pm
TuesdayNoon - 10.00 pm
WednesdayNoon - 10.00 pm
ThursdayNoon - 11.00 pm
FridayNoon - 11.00 pm
SaturdayNoon - 11.00 pm

Meal Times

Mon noon - 3pm
Tue - Sat noon - 4pm
Sun No Service


Shepherd Neame

About the Pub

Said to date from 1856 and Grade II listed, it was called the Black Lion until rebuilt in 1905 to the design of C Fitzroy Dell. Half-way between Holborn & Tottenham Court Road Underground stations, the pub is handily placed for visiting the British Museum, Covent Garden and Theatreland. Legend has it (and is claimed by various local pubs - take your pick!) that the Tavern was the last drinking spot between Newgate Prison and present-day Marble Arch for condemned criminals before being hanged at Tyburn Tree. A resident ghost is also claimed. Closed Sundays and public holidays.

Historic Interest

Grade II listing:- Public house. 1904. By C Fitzroy Doll, surveyor to the Bedford Estate and the local District Surveyor. Red brick with white terracotta decoration, slate roof hidden behind parapet and with massive banded stacks. EXTERIOR: 4 storeys and cellars. Prominent corner site dominated by 2-storey oriel with copper dome over entrance, with single window to Shaftesbury Avenue and 4 to West Central Street. Oriel of white terracotta with hefty mouldings and decorated panels; other windows above ground floor mullion and transom, those to first floor in continuous white surround; the upper windows linked by bands and those in centre of West Central Street composition lowered. Restored ground floor with late C20 fenestration having heraldic glass set in black polished granite surrounds featuring columns with lion capitals. INTERIOR retains 1904 Arts and Crafts style fireplaces to ground and first floors. Open-well staircase with turned timber balustrades and panelled walls. Some panelling to first floor bar and to rear of ground floor bar, which has original cornice behind later bar back but where the bar counter and the fixed seating has been renewed in historicist style.

Regular ales

This pub serves 3 regular beers.

  • Shepherd Neame Master Brew
  • Shepherd Neame Spitfire
  • Shepherd Neame Whitstable Bay Pale Ale

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  • RealAle Real Ale Available


  • LunchtimeMeals Lunchtime Meals
  • FunctionRoom Function Room
  • WiFi Wifi

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Bloomsbury Tavern

236 Shaftesbury Avenue

Sat Nav Reference

51.516864, -0.125923


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Nearby Bus Routes (25m)

1, 8, 14, 19, 10, 14, 24, 29, 38, 55, 73, 98, 134, 171, 242, 390

Closest Station (1000m)

London Charing Cross

Nearby London Underground/Overground/DLR (350m)

Tottenham Court Road

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Bloomsbury Tavern

236 Shaftesbury Avenue

Pub Features

  • Real Ale Available
  • Lunchtime Meals
  • Function Room
  • Wifi
  • Close to Bus Routes
  • Close to London Underground / Overground / DLR

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