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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

Opening Hours: 12 to 12

Public Transport: Underground: Warwick Avenue

Pub Food: Meals in the restaurant

Listed Status: Grade II*

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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-topped bar 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. Where the servery now is, there was a platform for thirty people to watch the play. The ceiling is another tour de force.

In the right-hand part of the pub there were originally several separate bars and a jug and bottle department, all screened off from one another. One of these was reserved for ladies only. When it opened the restaurant for the hotel was on the second floor and there was a concert room on the first floor. From its opening until 1987 the pub was known as the Crown Hotel. The name change arose because of a silly story that Frank Crocker built this grand establishment to serve the Great Central Railway's new terminus. In fact this ended up at Marylebone over half a mile away. Ruin, despair and suicide! In fact, Marylebone was abuilding at the same time as the Crown and Frank died of natural causes at the tender age of 41 in 1904, a much-liked and respected member of the community.

Update 2014: Following a long closure and restoration of the historic features, it has reopened as a restaurant and bar - both the Marble Room and Lord's Dining Room are dining rooms and if you want to wander around these to admire the historic features then you are recommended to visit the pub between 12 and 5 Monday to Friday.

Crockers Folly, St John
Crockers Folly, St John
Marble Room
Crockers Folly, St John
Marble Room Servery