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Dickens Tavern
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Address: 25 London St, London, W2 1HH [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 259) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest tube stations Paddington (0.3 miles), Lancaster Gate (0.3 miles), Edgware Road (0.4 miles)

Nearest train stations London Paddington (0.1 miles), London Marylebone (0.7 miles), Kilburn High Road (1.8 miles)

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> Current user rating: 4.9/10 (rated by 41 users)
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This is a very long pub with an almost equally long bar, and is generally quite pleasant for eating purposes. In fact I have had many a good meal in this pub over the last few years, but now feel sad to report that these days it has a very poor bar service.

I last visited the pub on Sat 23/11/13, and the 2 barmen (one of whom turned out to be the pub manager) were just standing talking to each other at one end of the long bar, completely out of the view of customers who were cut off from the barstaff by a walled division over the bar, which created in effect 2 bars. On that basis the staff were unable to see customers entering the pub, and seemed totally unconcerned about those customers waiting to be served on the other side of the bar (adjacent to the entrance).

I myself waited 10 minutes to be served.
I then questioned the manager about the lack of service I received, but with no apology forthcoming, I walked out and will never return to that pub ever again.

Very dissatisfied customer.


stevied - 24 Nov 2013 16:31
I think this pub must have changed since the last review, I found the staff helpful and professional, the Guinness was fine and the food reasonable. The background music was at a reasonable level and the place - including the toilets - was very clean.
Overall a decent experience!
irishmark - 19 Oct 2011 16:40
This pub is dirty plays loud music (at 6pm on a Tuesday) and the service is poor. I asked for a cranberry juice and was asked if I wanted ice. I replied no thank you but was given it 1/3 full of ice. When I pointed it out the (female) bar staff simply tipped it into another glass. So half a glass of cranberry juice (with no lime) cost me 1.70. I did say that I'd never seen that done before and the response was a giggle. Very poor and so when my friend arrived we went to the nearby Gyngles Bar instead - much nicer
ladydre - 24 Jan 2011 10:11
A completely unremarkable pub which is unfortunately the closest one to Paddington Station and one most likely to catch the unweary waiting for their trains.

Long, yes - I believe it claims to be Londons longest pub, stinky - check, it surely does hum like a Victorian doss house, characterless - check, I see people but theres no sign of life captain.

I've walked in a few times, strolled the entire length, and then changed my mind and left. Such dull and lifeless pubs are typical of Paddington, and they vaguely give me the creeps.
RichRichMan - 17 Jan 2011 11:30
I am a regular to this pub, it has a lovely atmosphere and all the staff are fantastic and always make you welcome. It's true the pub is in need of repair but i've been told by the manager that a refurbishment is happening in Januaray. They have a great selection of drinks and the food many only be pub gub but it's still great. The comment about one of the staff members being racist is absolutely untrue i have spoken to Luke on many occasions and he is a lovely bloke and i can say with 100% confindence that he is NOT racist, none of the staff at the pub are.
leah12345 - 22 Nov 2010 14:19

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