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Newman Arms

23 Rathbone Street

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Opening Times


Monday3.00 pm - 11.00 pm
Tuesday3.00 pm - 11.00 pm
Wednesday3.00 pm - 11.00 pm
Thursday3.00 pm - 11.00 pm
Friday3.00 pm - 11.00 pm
Saturday3.00 pm - 11.00 pm

Meal Times

Mon - Sun No Service



About the Pub

Named after the local landowner William Berners, whose country seat was Newman Hall in Quendon, Essex, it's a small, narrow and cosy low-ceilinged pub, with a proper flagstone floor.

Note the almost Dickensian covered alleyway to the left, once unlit and nicknamed Murderer's Alley. It is a surviving fragment of a fringe of the St. Giles' Rookery, once the most famous slum area in London. A beer-only licence lasted here until 1948 when wine was licenced to be sold, and finally a spirits licence was granted in 1960.

After a period of closure for building works to be carried out, this site reopened in May 2018 under Truman's Brewery management, as their first Tap House in London. Truman’s expanded the pub into the basement and increased the number of draught lines, to offer customers a wider range of beers. This was one of the first pubs in London to install a ‘crowler machine’ to fill 910ml (a pint and a half) cans with any draught beer on site for customers to take away. Up to 4 cask ales plus 12 keg beers are on offer.

Following a management buyout in 2022 Truman's was rebranded Big Penny but this iconic pub has kept its original name. The venue does not offer food, but takeaways may be brought in for consumption on-premises.

Historic Interest

The building dates from the 1720s and is thought to have once been a blacksmith, candle-maker's, picture framer's and brothel before being licensed as a beer house in 1863. It later became a favourite of George Orwell and the pub is believed to have been the model for the "Proles' Arms" in Orwell's dystopian novel "1984", the pub in which Winston Smith tries and fails to find out about life before the revolution. The basement snug names now gives a nod to the famous book; with a dual purpose as a training facility for Truman's staff. One of the murder scenes from the controversial Michael Powell film "Peeping Tom" was filmed in the flat above the pub. Archive photos of this pub as a Charrington's Ales house may be seen at

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  • RealAle Real Ale Available


  • FunctionRoom Function Room

    Proles' Parlour & The Orwell snugs in basement can be booked.

  • SportsTV Sports TV

    Selected events such as Six Nations shown.

  • WiFi Wifi

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Newman Arms

23 Rathbone Street

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51.518172, -0.135281


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Nearby Bus Routes (350m)


Closest Station (1100m)

London Euston

Nearby London Underground/Overground/DLR (300m)

Goodge Street

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Newman Arms W1 May 2018

Newman Arms

23 Rathbone Street

Pub Features

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

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