A Map Of Fictional London Pubs

Will Noble
By Will Noble Last edited 26 months ago
A Map Of Fictional London Pubs

Not only does London have many of the best pubs in the world, it's got many of the best fictional pubs too. That's why we've put together this map of fictional London pubs.

From books, film and TV, some of these pubs are inspired by real ones, some are actual pubs used as film locations, and some appear to have been conjured out of thin air.

This maps features some of our favourites, but we've only scraped the surface. If you'd like to see a fictional pub added to our map, let us know what it is, which piece of fiction it's from, and give us a quote/film clip featuring the pub too.

The Tabard, The Canterbury Tales
Location: Talbot Yard, Borough

Bifel that in that season on a day, In Southwerk at the Tabard as I lay, Redy to wenden on my pilgrymage, To Caunterbury with ful devout corage, At nyght was come into that hostelrye, Wel nyne and twenty in a compaignye, Of sondry folk, by aventure yfalle, In felaweshipe, and pilgrimes were they alle, That toward Caunterbury wolden ryde; The chambres and the stables weren wyde, And well we weren esed atte beste.

The Duke of Burgandy, Passport to Pimlico
Location: Somewhere in Pimlico

The White Hart, The Pickwick Papers
Location: 61/2 Borough High Street

He [Jingle] was yet on his way [back] to the White Hart, when two plump gentleman and one thin one entered the yard, and looked round in search of some authorised person of whom they could make a few inquiries. Mr. Samuel Weller happened to be at that moment engaged in burnishing a pair of painted tops, the personal property of a farmer who was refreshing himself with a slight lunch of two or three pounds of cold beef and a pot or two of porter, after the fatigues of the Borough market; and to him the thin gentleman straightway advanced.

The Proles Arms, Nineteen Eighty-Four
Location: Widely believed to be inspired by The Newman Arms, Rathbone Place

So long as they (the Proles) continued to work and breed, their other activities were without importance. Left to themselves, like cattle turned loose upon the plains of Argentina, they had reverted to a style of life that appeared to be natural to them, a sort of ancestral pattern...Heavy physical work, the care of home and children, petty quarrels with neighbors, films, football, beer and above all, gambling filled up the horizon of their minds. To keep them in control was not difficult.

The Mother Black Cap, Withnail & I
Location: The scene was filmed in an actual pub on Tavistock Crescent. Most recently it was called The Tavistock. It's now flats.

The Black Cross, London Fields
Location: Somwehere on Portobello Road

I left the Black Cross around four. It was my third visit. I needed the company, hair-raising though much of it was, and I was doing all right there, under Keith's tutelage.He introduced me to the Polacks and the brothers, or paraded me in front of them. He gave me a game of pool. he showed me how to cheat the fruit machine. I bought a lot of drinks, and endured a lot of savage cajolery for my orange juices, my sodas, my cokes. taking my life in my hands, I ate a pork pie.

The Queen Vic, EastEnders
Location: Somewhere between Walthamstow and Stratford (hence Walford). Or, if you're looking for the original inspiration, Fassett Square in Hackney. That's easier to put on our map.

The Leaky Cauldron, various Harry Potters
Location: Cecil Court (where the Diagon Alley shots was filmed)

For a famous place, it was very dark and shabby. A few old women were sitting in a corner, drinking tiny glasses of sherry. One of them was smoking a long pipe. A little man in a top hat was talking to the old barman, who was quite bald and looked like a gummy walnut.

The Six Jolly Fellowship Porters, Our Mutual Friend
Location: The Grapes in Limehouse, which Charles Dickens visited as a child (though it used to be The Bunch of Grapes).

...a tavern of a dropsical appearance, had long settled down into a state of hale infirmity...but it had out-lasted, and clearly would yet outlast, many a better-trimmed building, many a sprucer public-house. Externally it was a narrow lopsided wooden jumble of corpulent windows heaped one upon another as you might heap as many toppling oranges, with a crazy wooden verandah impending over the water; but seemed to have got into the condition of a faint-hearted diver who has paused so long on the brink that he will never go in at all...

The Lion and Unicorn, The Long Good Friday
Location: The Pool of London, near Wapping Old Stairs, where the explosive scene below was filmed.

Samoan Joe's, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
Location: The Royal Oak, 73 Columbia Road — used as a filming location.

I asked you to give me a refreshing drink. I wasn't expecting a fucking rainforest! You could fall in love with an orangutan in that!

The Morning Star, The Ballad of Peckham Rye
Location: There are a handful of pubs around Peckham Rye mentioned in Muriel Sparks's miniature masterpiece, including The Morning Star, the name of which has now been changed to The Nag's Head.

His name was Humphrey Place. He was that fellow that walked out on his wedding a few weeks ago. He walked across to the White Horse and drank one bitter. Next he visited the Morning Star and the Heaton Arms. He finished up at the Harbinger. The pub door opened and Trevor Lomas walked in. Trevor was seen to approach Humphrey and hit him on the mouth. The barmaid said ‘Outside, both of you.’ ‘It wouldn’t have happened if Dougal Douglas hadn’t come here,’ a woman remarked.

The Winchester Tavern, Shaun of the Dead
Location: Though it's in north London in the film, the actual pub used for shooting in this Simon Pegg classic (The Duke of Albany) was on 39 Monson Road, New Cross Gate. It's now flats.

The Boar's Head Tavern, the Henry IV plays
Location: Though there were a number of Boar's Heads, the most famous was on Eastcheap.

To conclude, I am so good a proficient in one quarter of an hour, that I can drink with any tinker in his own language during my life.

The Hole in the Wall, First Casualty
Location: The actual Hole in the Wall pub in Waterloo.

'Do you know the Hole in the Wall pub at Waterloo?' he asked. 'Yes'. 'I'll meet you there at six with your identification papers and movement orders.'

The Lamb, Brannigan
Location: Establishing shots were at the actual Leadenhall Market pub, which still exists. We assume the indoor fight scenes were filmed in a studio. Then again, John Wayne was a ruddy maverick.

The Duke of New York, A Clockwork Orange
Location: Shot for the 1971 film at The Old Bottle and Dragon in in Stonegrove, Edgware, near to Stanley Kubrick's home of the time. The pub is now apparently demolished.

I had not put into any of Dim's main cables and so, with the help of a clean tashtook, the red, red kroovy stopped, and it did not take long to quieten the two wounded soldiers, down in the snug in the Duke of New York. Now they knew who was Master and Leader. Sheep, thought I, but a real leader knows always when like to give and show generous to his unders.

The Midnight Bell, Twenty Thousand Streets Under the Sky
Location: Author Patrick Hamilton was probably inspired by a number of pubs in Fitzrovia, including the Fitzrovia Tavern and the nearby Wheatsheaf.

The Governor’s Wife’s Sister was a different proposition altogether. She was, to begin with thin. She was also dark, and tall, and bony, and ugly. She was, however, all-powerful — the true ruler and organiser of The Midnight Bell. She had, it was widely known, a Head for Business.

The Nag's Head, Only Fools and Horses
Location: The Bolton Hotel, Duke Road, Chiswick and the Middlesex Arms, South Ruislip (both used for establishing shots — interior scenes were done in a studio). The Middlesex Arms is still a pub, so we'll put that one on the map. Del Boy's local has nothing to do with the actual Nag's Head that's now in Peckham.

The Coach and Horses, Jeffrey Bernard is Unwell
Location: The Coach and Horses in Soho, an actual pub, very much still in business.

It takes longer to get a drink in here than it does to get a refund out of the inland revenue.

We want to make this map bigger! Tell us your favourite fictional London pubs in the comments below (along with a short quote or link to a clip) and we might add it.

You can also check out the best real London pubs, with our extensive database.

Last Updated 29 October 2015

Tim

Harry's Bar, The Day the Earth Caught Fire.

Maybe some Londonist commenters can help with this one. According to the director the interiors were shot on location; was there a real Harry's Bar on St Bride's Lane, or is it impersonating the Old Bell Tavern?
http://www.bfi.org.uk/news-opi...

DX101

The Flying Swan, 67 Ealing Road, Brentford, TW8 0LQ a recurring pub in books by Robert Rankin.

Not one hundred yards due north of Norman's shop, as fair flies the
griffin, there stands a public house which is the very hub of the Brentonian
universe. Solidly constructed of old London stocks and fondly embellished
with all the Victorian twiddly bits, the Flying Swan gallantly withstood the
slings and arrows of outrageous brewery management. Its patrons have never
known the horrors of fizzy beer or pub grub that comes 'a-la-basket'.
The Swan had grown old gracefully. The etched glass windows, tinted with
nicotine and the exhalations of a million beery breaths, sustained that quality of
light exclusive to elderly pubs. The burnished brass of the beer engines shone like
old gold and the bar top glowed with a deep patina. The heady perfumes of
Brasso and beeswax blended with those of hops and barley, grape and grain to
produce an enchanting fragrance all its own. Only a man born without a soul
would not pause a moment upon entering the Swan for the first time, breathe
in the air, savour the atmosphere and say, 'This is a pub.'

Alex

How about The Winchester from Minder. I know it was a members only drinking club rather than pub but I doubt it was hard to join.

"THE WINCHESTER CLUB 2 - THEN & NOW
PORTLAND ROAD, W11, NOTTING HILL
This location is in Portland Rd W11, Notting Hill. The doorway used for the entrance to the Winchester Club is at 133a Portland Rd directly next door to a bar called “Julies”."

Hooligan

The Black Cross was actually called the Golden Cross and on the corner of Portobello Road and Lancaster Road. Now a sushi/japanese resturant. (Grrr)

Michael Jennings

I'll nominate a different "White Hart", from Arthur C Clarke's "Tales From the White Hart". The book is a telling of the almost plausible stories that the scientists, science fiction writers, and journalists of London supposedly told one another during their evenings in the pub in the 1940s and 1950s.

http://www.amazon.com/Tales-Wh...

"You come upon the "White Hart" quite unexpectedly in one of these anonymous little lanes leading down from Fleet Street to the Embankment. It's no use telling you where it is: very few people who have set out in a determined effort to get there have actually arrived. For the first dozen visits a guide is essential: after that you'll probably be all right if you close your eyes and rely on instinct. Also--to be perfectly frank--we don't want any more customers, at least on our night. The place is already uncomfortably crowded. All that I'll say about its location is that it shakes occasionally with the vibration of newspaper presses, and that if you crane out of the window of the gent's room you can just see the Thames."

ASLEF shrugged

The market in Eastenders was based on Ridley Road, a short step from Fassett Street and until 2000 the Ridley Arms used to be at no. 17 - now PAK butchers - which from distant memory used to be very Queen Vic-like. Whither the Cowshed of Al Murray's Time Gentlemen Please? The exterior shots were of The Admiral Blake on Ladbrooke Grove at the corner of Barlby Street, now demolished.

Tony

For those craving a fictional pub crawl around a small patch of north London, Gerard Woodward's novel "I'll go to bed at noon", set in a thinly disguised Winchmore ("Windhover") Hill around 1970, visits most of the pubs in N13 and N21 under assumed names. The Woodman on Bourne Hill becomes the Owl - "a small country cottage of a pub near Redlands [Grovelands] Park". One paragraph about "Windhover" Hill Green squeezes in pen portraits of the Salisbury ("the Marquis of Granby, where the nouveau riche of the district liked to park their Ford Capris and lean against their bonnets on summer evenings with pints of fizzy beer in their hands" - spot on), the King's Head ("the Volunteer was an old coaching inn overlooking the Green itself"), and the Queen's Head ("the Quiet Woman was a few yards down .. past the station"). The booze-loving characters also fit in visits to "the Goat and Compasses" (the Dog and Duck on Hoppers Road), "the Coach and Horses" (possibly the Fox on Green Lanes in Palmers Green - "a large, gloomy pub with a slightly rougher clientele"), and "the Red Lion" (which may be the now-defunct Green Dragon, further north along Green Lanes.

veronicazundel

Chaucer's Tabard is not a fictional pub, it was a real one although it is no longer there. Or are you including all pubs mentioned in fiction?

Tyrwhitt Michael

Don't forget Orwell's "Moon Under Water". I have to re read the essay to try and locate it.

Rachel Stoplar Londonist

Another Patrick Hamilton: most of Hangover Square takes place in pubs around Earl's Court (though you could also pin Hanover Square which the title riffs on)