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
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Listed Status: Grade II
When built in 1896 this was an especially exotic confection amongst London pubs. The many-roomed interior has since suffered much opening-out but many great features survive. The tiled corridors down both sides would have accessed a host of different drinking areas, all served by the big central counter; this has a glorious island bar-back with delicate detail and a terrific octagonal display feature. Elsewhere are etched glass, timber and plaster arches and lovely friezes. Although most of the rooms would have been small, the surviving large back room with skylights was probably a billiard room – note the magnificent screen dividing it from the rest of the pub.