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A pub with a nationally important historic interior
This pub is taken from the national inventory of historic pub interiors, CAMRA's pioneering effort to identify and help protect the most important historic pub interiors in the country.
LONDON, GREATER - Holborn, London WC1, Princess Louise
An historic pub interior of national importance
208-209 High Holborn, Holborn, London WC1, WC1V 7EP
Tel: (020) 7405 8816
Opening Hours: 11.30-11; 12-10.30 Sun
Real Ale & Cider: Real Ale
Public Transport: Near Bus Stop
Food: Lunchtime and Evening Meals (12-2.30, 6-8.30; 12-2.30 Fri; closed Sat & Sun)
Listed Status: Grade II*
List Entry Number: 1378884
Listing Date: 1973
One of the great historic pubs of London. The interior has always retained much of its sumptuous original decoration but in 2008 owners Samuel Smiths took the remarkable step of fully restoring the 1891 layout of corridors and many small rooms around the island bar. The tiling and mirrors lend a sense of fantasy and gaiety while the ornate ceiling and original counter and bar back also repay attention. The gentlemens toilets meanwhile have to be seen to be believed.