Rugby Tavern19 Great James Street
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Formerly a Nicholson's, then a Fuller's house, this large island bar pub is popular with locals and office workers alike. It is so named because it was built around 1850 on land donated by the founder of Rugby School (they still own the freehold). It can get crowded in the early evening. There can be themed nights such as pub quizzes. As well as sandwiches, food is available from a Thai menu and the upstairs room can be booked for parties and functions. During a 2011 refurbishment a splendid mirror appeared over the fireplace. There is a large seating (and smoking) area available outside (not weekends), which, being in a car free zone, is extremely pleasant during the summer months. Tube - Russell Sq. or Holborn.