North London

Campaign for Real Ale

Campaign for Real Ale

Seven Stars

51-54 Carey Street
London
WC2A 2JB
Telephone(020) 7242 8521
Real AleReal FireQuiet PubLunchtime MealsEvening MealsWiFi
Opening times: Mon–Sat 11:00-23:00; Sun 12:00-22:30

See more about this pub on WhatPub, CAMRA's national pub guide.

One of London's Real Heritage Pubs and Grade II listed, dating from at least 1602 and claimed by some to be the oldest surviving pub in London. Formerly known as the League of Seven Stars after the seven provinces of the Netherlands; amongst its first customers were Dutch sailors who had settled in the area. Shakespeare performances took place nearby in Middle Temple and the playwright himself may even have drunk here. Later on, the novelist Charles Dickens is thought to have used the pub as a model for The Magpie & Stump featured in Pickwick Papers. Nowadays the bar, with its decorative Victorian bar-back, is located in the narrow central space between two other distinctive drinking areas. There are several impressive brewery mirrors and others advertising various drinks. The pub is popular with the legal profession and the snug drinking area on the left is known as the Wig Box. The interior features classic film posters and caricatures with a legal theme. Its beer range includes guest beers from smaller brewers. The comforting gastro-fare menu changes daily and will satisfy meat-eaters and vegetarians alike. Note that toilets are only accessible via steep stairs, a relic of the old Elizabethan house the inn once was. Another feature of the pub is the resident pub cat who is currently called 'Peabody' following the demise of 'Ray Brown', the latter pictured RIP proudly wearing his legal ruff. The cat Peabody is, alas, no more. The new cat is called 'Clement Attlee', a fine and more robust specimen, but objects to wearing the ruff. We don't blame him.