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Duke Of York

47 Rathbone Street
Fitzrovia
London
W1T 1NW

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Opening Times

12-11 Mon-Fri; 1-11 Sat; Closed Sun

Meal Times

12-3, 6-11; closed Sun

Owner

Greene King

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. Acquired by Greene King from Bass in 1993. Standing ledge outside for smokers. Upstairs bar can be used as a function room. Background music; quiz nights.

Used by the wartime Fitrovia 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.

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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Duke Of York, London

Features

  • RealAle Real Ale Available
  • CaskMarque Cask Marque Accredited

Facilities

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

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51.518692, -0.13585

Transport

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Nearby Station (1050m)

Euston

Nearby London Underground/DLR (250m)

Goodge Street

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  • Evening Meals Evening Meals
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  • Function Room Function Room
  • Close to Railway Station Close to Railway Station
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  • Real Ale Available Real Ale Available
  • Cask Marque Accredited Cask Marque Accredited
  • Quiet Pub Quiet Pub
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  • Pub Garden Pub Garden
  • Lunchtime Meals Lunchtime Meals
  • Evening Meals Evening Meals
  • Smoking Area Smoking Area
  • Wifi Wifi
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  • Close to Railway Station Close to Railway Station
  • Close to Underground/DLR Close to Underground/DLR
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  • Cask Marque Accredited Cask Marque Accredited
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly
  • Pub Garden Pub Garden
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  • Evening Meals Evening Meals
  • Disabled Access Disabled Access
  • Smoking Area Smoking Area
  • Sports TV Sports TV
  • Wifi Wifi
  • Member Discount Scheme Member Discount Scheme
  • Close to Railway Station Close to Railway Station
  • Close to Underground/DLR Close to Underground/DLR
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