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A pub with a nationally important historic interior

A pub with a nationally important historic interior, 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, Crocker's Folly

An historic pub interior of national importance

24 Aberdeen Place, St John's Wood, London NW8, NW8 8JR

Tel: (020) 7289 9898


Food: Lunchtime and Evening Meals

Listed Status: Grade II*

List Entry Number: 1357150

Listing Date: 1970

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Crocker's was a show-case Victorian pub, built in 1898-9 in an elaborate, eclectic style to the designs (Oct. 1897) of architect C.H. Worley of Welbeck Street for the entrepreneur Frank Crocker. No expense was spared to fit it out and it served also as a hotel and restaurant, conveniently placed near Lord's cricket ground. The front entrance leads into a spectacular 'grand saloon', as it was known (now the 'Marble Room'), which is set up for dining. Here the highlights are a superb marble fireplace, marble counter and an ornate ceiling. On the left is a large room (now 'Lord's Dining Room'), also used as a restaurant but, when the pub opened, this 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. When the hotel opened the restaurant was on the second floor and there was a concert room on the first floor.

In the right-hand part, now serving as the bar, there were originally five separate compartments, all screened off from one another. One of these was reserved for ladies only. The fittings are essentially original although the L-shaped servery has been cut back on the return. From its opening until 1987 the pub was known as the Crown Hotel - which name appears on the clock in the bar-back. The name change arose because of a wondrously exaggerated 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 a-building 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.

Following ten years' closure Crocker's reopened in 2014 after restoration as a high-quality restaurant and bar - if you want to view the Marble Room and Lord's Dining Room you are recommended to visit between 12 and 5 Monday to Friday.

Public Bar
Marble Room
Marble Room Fireplace
Former Billiard Room