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 - Tooting, London SW17, Kings Head
An historic pub interior of national importance
84 Upper Tooting Road, Tooting, London SW17, SW17 7PB
Tel: 020 8767 6708
Opening Hours: 1200-2400 daily.
Draught Beer & Cider: Fullers London Pride, Youngs London Gold and up to two guest beers.
Public Transport: Underground: Tooting Bec.
Pub Food: 1200-2200 daily.
Listed Status: Grade II
This is one of the most exotic confections among Londons pubs and was built in 1896 by the prolific pub architect, W M Brutton. Inside one can still get a good sense of how a lavish late-Victorian pub was organised and fitted up. Down both sides are tiled corridors that led into various drinking areas you have to visualise every external or corridor door leading into a separate room or compartment. These were all served across a large, central counter with rounded ends. In the middle of this servery is a delightful island bar-back with delicate detail and an especially attractive octagonal display feature. Also note the etched glass in the outside windows and internal screens, the timber and plaster arches straddling the servery, the filigree of its supporting brackets, and the lovely friezes of various patterns and sizes.