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Fitzroy Tavern
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Address: 16 Charlotte Street, Fitzrovia, London, W1T 2NA [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 703) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest tube stations Goodge Street (0.1 miles), Tottenham Court Road (0.2 miles), Oxford Circus (0.4 miles)

Nearest train stations London Euston (0.9 miles), London Charing Cross (0.9 miles), London St Pancras (1 mile)

Brewery: Samuel Smith's

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It’s mid January 2022 and we’re just emerging from the third wave of the pandemic. I’d scouted around Soho/Bloomsbury for a fairly quiet pub as remarkably, for a Tuesday night, all the pubs were full ( in the sense that there was no seating). I’ve been in the Fitzroy before but had been reading the book The Colony Room where the Fitzroy is mentioned several times. There was seating to be had and I bought a decent pint of stout and marvelled at the photos of the pub from the 40s and 50s. I was sat in the newly refurbished part ( you can tell which is the more modern part by looking at the ceiling). The Fitzroy is part of the Sam Smith’s chain and I’d already passed one of their pubs that was unusually shut, a notice saying they were only open Thursday to Sunday and subsequently peered through the window of another (The Bricklayers Arms) which seemed fairly empty too.
My take on the ‘emptiness’ is that Sam Smith’s is displaying signs banning the use of mobile phones/tablets and laptops in their pubs. I had little to go on ( the menu and a copy of the Evening Standard). Instead of staying, I was desperate to get out of there and found another pub ( with an interesting history) that doesn’t have such draconian rules. Blame the pub chain owner and not the staff if the whole operation shuts down due to lack of business and lack of ability to recruit staff who would probably prefer to work in pubs that don’t have such a dire rule to enforce.
Garter1 - 19 Jan 2022 09:46
for such a historic and attractive pub it is a shame that the bar staff were unfriendly, served customers at random and never smiled (not even at each other) all the time we were there.
colinjs - 3 Jun 2015 09:38
This pub is always busy.
Its a Sam Smiths.
The staff can be exceptionally obnoxious.
Now, to address the above points, the fact that it's so busy suggests that it's actually a good pub. It is; good beer selection and interesting lively atmosphere always. random conversations can be had as well as private ones and the punters range from students to the west end workers to well off Fitzrovians to tourists.

Its a Sam Smiths Pub. if you don't know what that means , google it. If you do, it's worth knowing that this is one of the most expensive SS pubs there is - weissbeir £3.50/pint, bottles much more.
The staff can be rude. however, the surly glass collectress who thumped glasses and collected unfinished pints soon melted into a smily cherub when we engaged her in conversation and smiles. I am by no means saying that this should be necessary (it shouldn't), but London folk can be exceptionally rude and demanding as well and then cry when it comes back to them.. lighten up. and then go to the other SS pubs in the area if you want a seat and cheaper drinks!!

tonofbrix - 17 Feb 2015 10:02
Not as cheap as it used to be. Sam Smiths pub with its own unique brands that take a little getting used to.
mont62y - 1 Apr 2014 13:03
Shame about the beer.
marklaw - 11 Mar 2013 14:10

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