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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 - 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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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

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This is one of the most exotic confections among London’s 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.

The original spaces would have been relatively small for the most part, especially on the right-hand side. However, at the back is a large, long room with skylights that would probably have served as a billiard room, a feature that was common in many large late-Victorian pubs. The screen between it and the rest of the pub is magnificent with etched panels decorated with swags of foliage, ribbons, etc. Note the difference in quality between the original etched glass and the modern replacements. A refurbishment took place in 2002. This was done quite sympathetically with the only major change being the creation of an opening in the screen at the front to allow movement from one side of the pub to the other

Kings Head, Tooting, London SW17
Kings Head, Tooting, London SW17
Kings Head, Tooting, London SW17
Kings Head, Tooting, London SW17
Kings Head, Tooting, London SW17
Left Corridor
Kings Head, Tooting, London SW17
Rear Room
Kings Head, Tooting, London SW17
Etched Window at rear
Kings Head, Tooting, London SW17
Etched Window in Right Corridor