A pub with a nationally important historic interior
A Pub Interior of Outstanding National Historic Importance, the result of CAMRA's pioneering effort to identify and help protect and promote the most important historic pub interiors in the country.
LONDON, GREATER - St John's Wood, London NW8, Crockers Folly
An historic pub interior of national importance
24 Aberdeen Place, St John's Wood, London NW8, NW8 8JR
Tel: 020 7289 9898
Listed Status: Grade II*
Crocker's, built in 1898-9, is one of the show-case pubs of the golden age of London pub-building. It was built in an elaborate, eclectic style to the designs (Oct. 1897) of the architect C.H. Worley of Welbeck Street for the entrepreneur Frank Crocker. This was a very prosperous area of London and no expense was spared to fit out the building in lavish style. Doubling as an hotel, it is very near to Lord's cricket ground which generated a goodly trade during the season. The main entrance leads into a spectacular 'grand saloon', as it was known. Here the highlights are a superb marble fireplace, marble counter and an ornate ceiling. On the left is a large room now used as a restaurant but, when the pub opened, this space was a billiard room, accommodating two full-size tables: there was a platform for thirty people to watch the play. The ceiling is another tour de force.