North London

Campaign for Real Ale

Campaign for Real Ale

Bloomsbury Tavern

236 Shaftesbury Avenue
Emailku.oc.emaen-drehpehs@nrevatyrubsmoolb Telephone(020) 7379 9811
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Opening times: Mon–Wed 12:00-22:00; Thu–Sat 12:00-23:00; Sun closed

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

Said to date from 1856 and Grade II listed, it was called the Black Lion until rebuilt in 1905 to the design of C Fitzroy Dell. Half-way between Holborn & Tottenham Court Road Underground stations, the pub is handily placed for visiting the British Museum, Covent Garden and Theatreland. Legend has it (and is claimed by various local pubs - take your pick!) that the Tavern was the last drinking spot between Newgate Prison and present-day Marble Arch for condemned criminals before being hanged at Tyburn Tree. A resident ghost is also claimed. Closed Sundays and public holidays.