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Address: 74 Shoe Lane, London, EC4 3BQ [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 11686) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest tube stations Chancery Lane (0.3 miles), Farringdon (0.3 miles), Blackfriars (0.3 miles)

Nearest DLR station Bank (0.9 miles)

Nearest train stations City Thameslink (0.2 miles), Farringdon (0.3 miles), Blackfriars (0.4 miles)

Brewery: Young's

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5 most recent reviews of 17 shown - see all reviews

Boarded up.

Last Resort next door also closed but that seems to be reopening in February. No notice regarding City Retreat though and every bit was fully boarded up.
ArhurPint - 9 Jan 2013 16:10
Enjoyed apint in here recently, Used to visit when worked in city and forgot what a littly gem it is. Still got the carpet floor and old 'pub' feel, proper local in the city. Warm welcome from woman behind bar who chatted away with me before lunch customers took her attention. Would definitely come back.
budvarboy - 11 Feb 2012 23:31
Don't be put off by the non-descript exterior, compared to the surrounding drinking holes once inside this place can be described as nothing less than refreshing. The pub seems to have a strong following with the surrounding offices and the friendly staff and cosy atmosphere makes it easy to see why. Great whisy selection too - if you're interested just ask the manager, he was more than happy to make a few recommendations.
sailor5 - 20 Mar 2010 13:20
Just starting coming to this pub again after a few years break. A change in management has made it really friendly with a relaxed atmosphere. A great place to come for an after work beer, the beer is also excellent, all in all a nice little local.
ilovebeer33 - 20 Mar 2010 10:15
Pleasant traditional, but unremarkable Youngs pub at the foot of an office block in Shoe Lane.

The pub has been spruced up a bit since my previous visit a few years ago, but, thankfully, the notorious Wells and Youngs changing rooms brigade have been kept in check. I suspect this is because they realise that the City Retreat has a much wider cross section of customers than the average City pub - "suits" have never dominated in here, unlike in nearby pubs - and that too much unnecessary damage would prove counter productive. "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" - an adage that pubco's ought to remember more often.

It's also changed management since my last visit - the cheery London guv'nor is no more and we no longer appear to have the cross counter banter between staff and customers that used to be a notable feature of this pub.

A large selection of whiskies has been introduced and a notice by the bar tells us that the "Malt of the Month" is Aberfeldy.

The interior is part carpeted and the floor area is dominated by a large wood pannelled central pillar adorned with old framed postcards of London. Lowish ceilings give the pub a relatively cosy feel. We now have small candle lights on each table, as though a more select clientele is being sought.

I enjoyed a good pint of Bombardier - � 3.10p - in here recently. Whilst I don't dislike this pub, it's nothing special and first time visitors to the area will probably prefer to focus on the better known pubs in nearby Fleet Street
JohnBonser - 23 Dec 2009 12:30

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