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(formerly Fountains)

Norfolk Crescent
W2 2DN

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Opening Times


Monday11.00 am - 11.00 pm
Tuesday11.00 am - 11.00 pm
Wednesday11.00 am - 11.00 pm
Thursday11.00 am - 11.00 pm
Friday11.00 am - 11.00 pm
Saturday11.00 am - 11.00 pm
SundayNoon - 10.00 pm

Meal Times

Mon - Fri noon - 3pm, 6pm - 10pm
Sat & Sun 5.30pm - 10pm



About the Pub

Built in 1972 as part of the Hyde Park Estate, the one room bar interior whilst spacious has the cosy feel of a Swiss chalet. A silver birch shelters the adjacent beer-garden, heated in winter. As well as two cask ales there's a range of bottled and draft (keg) craft ales available. Three large screens await your sporting interest: the sound levels are kept moderately low and reasonably unobtrusive. There is a downstairs Thai restaurant; it supplies the food in the bar.

The internationally-famous Handlebar Club meets here on the first Friday of the month. The club was founded in 1947 in the dressing room of comedian Jimmy Edwards at The Windmill Theatre in London. There were 10 founder members, including Jimmy Edwards and script-writer and raconteur Frank Muir. The Heron has pictures from the Handlebar Club's history adorning its walls, plus a good range of interior fittings from the nearby now-closed Windsor Castle, the Club's previous home.

Historic Interest

The pub is built at the foot of the Water Gardens Estate, a 1960s luxury gated development designed by Trehearne and Norman, Preston and Partners for the Church Commissioners. Originally belonging to the Bishop of London, the Hyde Park Estate triangular area saw considerable development in the 19th century, passing to the Ecclesiastical Commissioners in 1836. World War II damage led to re-building post-war to the general plan of Charles Anthony Minoprio (designer of the Whitgift Centre Croydon, planner of Crawley and other town and city plans and masterplans in the UK and overseas). Many of the early-19th century terraces were demolished starting in 1957, to be replaced by high density yet expensive private housing in partnership with Wates, property companies controlled by Max Rayne, and Basil & Howard Samuel. While neither the pub nor the Water Gardens are listed, they are adjacent to the Bayswater Conservation Area.

Regular ales

This pub serves 2 regular beers.

  • Fuller's London Pride
  • Sharp's Doom Bar

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  • RealAle Real Ale Available


  • DisabledAccess Disabled Access

    Limited: with steps up to enter the pub; the toilets are downstairs.

  • LunchtimeMeals Lunchtime Meals
  • EveningMeals Evening Meals
  • Garden Garden

    There's a narrow terrace at the front, and garden at the side, both with tables and chairs.

  • Restaurant Restaurant Area

    Separately-run Thai restaurant in the basement.

  • Smoking Smoking Area
  • SportsTV Sports TV
  • WiFi Wifi

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Norfolk Crescent
W2 2DN

Sat Nav Reference

51.517007, -0.168115


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

Nearby Bus Routes (50m)

TfL: (6, 7, 16, 23, 36, 98, 414, 436)

Nearby Station (500m)

London Paddington

Nearby London Underground/Overground/DLR (350m)

Edgware Road (Circle & District Line)

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Heron W2-1 Aug 2017


Norfolk Crescent
W2 2DN

Pub Features

  • Real Ale Available
  • Disabled Access
  • Lunchtime Meals
  • Evening Meals
  • Garden
  • Restaurant Area
  • Smoking Area
  • Sports TV
  • Wifi
  • Close to Bus Routes
  • Close to Railway Station
  • Close to London Underground / Overground / DLR

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