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Address: 25 King Street, St James's, London, SW1Y 6QY [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 19821) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest tube stations Green Park (0.2 miles), Piccadilly Circus (0.3 miles), St James's Park (0.5 miles)

Nearest train stations London Charing Cross (0.6 miles), London Victoria (0.9 miles), London Waterloo (1.2 miles)

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> Current user rating: 6.5/10 (rated by 28 users)
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Red Lion, Pall Mall (0.0 miles), S and P, St James's (0.1 miles), Chequers, St James's (0.1 miles), Walkers of St James, St James (0.1 miles), Arlington, Islington (0.1 miles) - see more nearby pubs

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I picked a very wet day to check out some pubs in the St James's area, not unusual in the 2015 crawl as nearly every day was wet. The problem with wet days is that folk who might not normally use pubs seek shelter in them & the pub fills with steaming ancients/shoppers/tourists looking down their noses at the lower orders while ordering tea & coffee & taking their time doing it. This pub, like the Chequers & Three Crowns nearby were probably quite fine places but it was impossible to assess calmly. I'll try to pick a fine day (if there is one) next year.
Queenslander - 21 Nov 2015 22:53
This used to be the venue of choice for work drinks at a former company I worked for on Pall Mall.

Never spent a full evening there but regularly stopped off for a couple on a Friday. The pub gets very busy however, the staff here are efficient and serve you in order as opposed to just serving the person who looks like they are going to spend the most.

Pub has nice period features such as stained glass but has quite a trendy feel to it. There is additional space upstairs including a balcony that overlooks King Street which is popular with smokers when the weather is warmer.

They have 3-4 ales on which includes tipples such a Trumans and other easy to find ales. Beers are generally in good condition.

They do have a few high tables outside but you have to get there really early to get one. Mostly people just stand in the passageway.

You will have to sometimes put up with groups of braying toffs who work for the local asset management companies however, this is In keeping with the area. You will also sometimes get bothered by an old soak who is on the ponce but again, this is what you come to expect in London. All in all, a nice little boozer.
BeerGutt - 31 Oct 2015 13:50
Fantastic little gem! I was taken there after a meeting nearby and was charmed by the lovely building and the friendliness of the staff. It was a busy Thursday night yet service was fast and though the outside area was very crowded the atmosphere was friendly, I'll certainly return again.
Cosmo22 - 18 Jan 2014 15:42
Interesting pub right in the centre of St James's. As it's a bit further away from Piccadilly Circus it is very much a local office worker's sort of place. I think it's a free house and range of beer was pretty good (although can't remember as I'd had a few earlier on!). A pretty good place for a stop-off if you're doing a crawl around this part of London. 7
Goldings - 13 Mar 2012 19:58
I love it in here except for it shutting at 5 on a saturday. My uncle like to eat crisps in this clean authentic pub.
mr_mro79 - 25 Jul 2011 17:59

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