A guide to London’s finest hidden hostelries
At Lurot Brand we recently spotted this article on the blog site londonpubcrawls, featuring a “mews pub crawl” to some of London’s finest “hidden” hostelries
Favourites include the Star Tavern (6 Belgrave Mews West, Belgravia SW1X 8HT). This classic pub, dating back to 1848, stands on a cobbled mews. Allegedly the Great Train Robbery was plotted in a room upstairs.The Horse and Groom (7 Groom Place SW1X 7BA) is a cosy, wood-panelled pub dating from 1864 and The Dover Castle (Weymouth Mews, parallel to Portland Place) is a beautiful example of a mews pub, packed full of original features, with wood panelling throughout and a real fire in the winter.It’s clear that the anonymous blogger from londonpubcrawls was genuinely impressed by the tranquil mews environment he (or she) encountered during the crawl: “So quiet are some mews that you forget that you are in a busy capital city… the relative tranquillity of a London mews is a special local phenomenon, a contrast, a sanctum.” We agree. If you want to be a part of a ready-made mews community with its own cosy pub, contact us, we’ll be happy to arrange viewings (particularly if one of these delightful pubs happens to be close by).
For some people in London the term mews pub probably means a pub lost down some alleyway but for others less interested in high street corner offerings the London mews is a hidden world where time forgot.