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Prince Alfred

5A Formosa Street
Maida Vale
W9 1EE

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Opening Times


MondayNoon - 11.00 pm
TuesdayNoon - 11.00 pm
WednesdayNoon - 11.00 pm
ThursdayNoon - 11.00 pm
FridayNoon - Midnight
SaturdayNoon - Midnight
SundayNoon - 10.30 pm

Meal Times

Mon - Sat noon - 10pm
Sun noon - 9pm



About the Pub

A spectacular Victorian pub built in 1856 and refitted around 1896 with an extraordinary set of fittings, now very rare survivors from the days when so many London pubs had small drinkers' compartments surrounding the servery (those at the Princess Louise, Holborn, marvellous as they are, are a twenty-first century reinstatement).

The central peninsular servery, complete with snob screens at one end, is surrounded by its five original compartments, each with its own entrance from the street, divided by wood and glass partitions, these punctured by low service doors for "pot boys" to slip through to collect drinking pots and glasses. The ornate back bar draws the eye up to the highly decorated ceiling and these, together with the intricate carving on the partitions, impart a rococo feel to the place. Light is provided by the magnificent full-height engraved bow windows.

The passageway and bar area to the side sport some delightful wall tiling and floor mosaics as well as a fireplace in which, in colder weather, a real fire burns. Beyond is the open kitchen and separate restaurant, the Formosa Dining Room. The full menu offered here is served in all areas of the pub itself, where sandwiches are also available between noon and 4pm on weekdays only. The food offering includes Sunday roasts.

Unobtrusive screens offer sports TV which, this being Maida Vale, is often rugby or tennis.

The very special nature of this venue was recognised in 2022 when its listing was raised to Grade II*.

Artist and illustrator Edward Ardizzone drew "The Saloon Bar at the Prince Alfred" and his illustration is in Maurice Gorham's famous book "Back to the Local".

Historic Interest

Grade II* listed, Historic England entry 1066328.

Regular ales

This pub serves 2 regular beers.

  • Young's London Original
  • Young's London Special

Changing ales

This pub serves 1 changing beer.

Changing beers typically include:

  • St Austell Proper Job

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  • DisabledAccess Disabled Access
  • LunchtimeMeals Lunchtime Meals

    Plus sandwiches 12-4 Mon-Fri only.

  • EveningMeals Evening Meals
  • Garden Garden


  • DogFriendly Dog Friendly


  • FamilyFriendly Family Friendly
  • Events Events

    Per website.

  • FunctionRoom Function Room

    Cellar booths, dining room and pub compartments can be reserved.

  • RealFire Real Fire
  • Restaurant Restaurant Area
  • Smoking Smoking Area


  • SportsTV Sports TV

    Terrestial for selected events.

  • WiFi Wifi

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Prince Alfred

5A Formosa Street
Maida Vale
W9 1EE

Sat Nav Reference

51.524413, -0.18499


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

Nearby Bus Routes (170m)


Closest Station (1100m)

London Paddington

Nearby London Underground/Overground/DLR (170m)

Warwick Avenue

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Maida Vale, Prince Alfred

Prince Alfred

5A Formosa Street
Maida Vale
W9 1EE

Pub Features

  • Real Ale Available
  • Historic Pub Interior
  • Disabled Access
  • Lunchtime Meals
  • Evening Meals
  • Garden
  • Dog Friendly
  • Family Friendly
  • Events
  • Function Room
  • Real Fire
  • Restaurant Area
  • Smoking Area
  • Sports TV
  • Wifi
  • Close to Bus Routes
  • Close to London Underground / Overground / DLR

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