Queens Larder

© Rob Greig
Bloomsbury

Although its terrace helps to create a continental atmosphere, at least when joined by others along this pedestrianised stretch, the Queens Larder is a classic British pub.

The royal connections advertised in the name are, for once, legitimate: it was here that long-suffering Queen Charlotte hid the medicaments of her husband, the famously ‘mad’ King George III.

A medical connection remains: off-duty staff from nearby Great Ormond Street are among the latter-day regulars at this wooden cubby-hole, sipping Greene King IPA and Old Speckled Hen while munching spam fritters, chips and beans or roast beef and Yorkshires (less than a tenner). Gilt-framed posters for theatre and Royal Ballet productions bring things up to date, if barely.

Venue name: Queens Larder
Contact:
Address: 1 Queen Square
London
WC1N 3AR
Opening hours: Open 11.30am-11pm Mon-Sat; noon-10.30pm Sun. Food served noon-3pm daily.
Transport: Tube: Russell Square tube

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Robert

Go only for the historical value. Waitress brisk and unpleasant. She poured me a sloppy beer, dripping all over the glass and on to the floor. Had the feeling she wanted to keep the pub a local pub and did not like tourists. Not going back ever again.