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Duke Of York

47 Rathbone Street
Fitzrovia
London
W1T 1NW

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Opening Times

MondayMidday - 11.00 pm
TuesdayMidday - 11.00 pm
WednesdayMidday - 11.00 pm
ThursdayMidday - 11.00 pm
FridayMidday - Midnight
Saturday1.00 pm - 11.00 pm
Sundayclosed

Meal Times

12 - 3, 6 - 11
closed Sun

Owner

Shaftesbury PLC

About the Pub

Licensed in 1767 and rebuilt in 1897. Now a small and popular pub with a U-shaped counter, tucked away at the top end of Rathbone Street. The freehold was bought by property developer Shaftesbury PLC in late 2018, having been acquired by Greene King from Bass in 1993. Background music; quiz nights.

Used by the wartime Fitzrovia literary crowd who gleefully described encounters with razor gangs and in particular the novelist Anthony Burgess is thought to have used his wife's 1943 experience of them in his later novel, Clockwork Orange. The story goes that his wife Lynne witnessed a razor gang rampage when they poured beer on the floor and when she complained, they pulled pint after pint and forced her to drink them. When Lynne managed to do so the gang was vastly impressed and gave her the money for all the beer they had wasted. Perhaps the drinking feat was easier with the watery wartime beer?

In the 1940s and 1950s landlord Major Alf Klein used to initiate male customers by snipping off their ties; his collection grew to over 1500. Later on in the 1960s the South African Blues Notes quintet played here, escaping apartheid and influencing the British jazz scene of the time. Singer/songwriters Donovan and Ian Dury were also regulars here, as was David "Del Boy" Jason in the 1980s.

In 2014 the present Duke of York gave permission for his likeness to be used on the pub signage. The image is by the prolific Russian-born American portrait artist Igor Babailov, known for his commissioned portraits of world leaders and celebrities. This is now thought to be the only pub in the world featuring a likeness of a living member of our Royal Family.

Historic Interest

Not but a few authors have given the pub a mention in their memoirs, including Anthony Burgess and Jeffrey Bernard. 20th century pop 'legends' who have drunk here over the years include Rod Stewart, Paul Jones, Johnnie Ray, and John Lee Hooker.

Regular Beers

This pub serves 2 regular beers.

  • Greene King Abbot
  • Greene King IPA

Changing Beers

This pub serves 2 changing beers.

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Features

  • RealAle Real Ale Available
  • CaskMarque Cask Marque Accredited

Facilities

  • LunchtimeMeals Lunchtime Meals
  • EveningMeals Evening Meals
  • FunctionRoom Function Room

    Upstairs bar can be used as a function room.

  • Smoking Smoking Area

    Standing ledge outside for smokers.

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Duke Of York

47 Rathbone Street
Fitzrovia
London
W1T 1NW

Sat Nav Reference

51.518692, -0.13585

Transport

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

Nearby Bus Routes (250m)

TfL: 24, 29, 134

Closest Station (1050m)

Euston

Nearby London Underground/Overground/DLR (250m)

Goodge Street

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