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Holborn Whippet

Bars and pubs, Craft beer pubs Holborn
4 out of 5 stars
4 out of 5 stars
(10user reviews)
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Time Out says

4 out of 5 stars

The Holborn Whippet is a dinky little boozer. And its tiny size, combined with its cracking range of beer and office-friendly location, makes drinking here a bit of a scrum. But force your way to the bar and you’re greeted with a tantalising enough array of ales to make the squash worth it – the Whippet is draught-only, which is both bold and brilliant. It’s not just the drinking that’s good, the atmosphere’s cracking too. It’s all low lighting and dark wood, making you feel like you’re supping a pint in the 1940s, waiting nervously for the air raid sirens to go off. You can’t ask for much more from a central London boozer.


Address: Sicilian Avenue
Transport: Holborn tube
Opening hours: Open noon-midnight Mon-Sat
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Users say (10)

4 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

4 / 5

Rating Breakdown

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  • 4 star:6
  • 3 star:1
  • 2 star:1
  • 1 star:0
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I used to absolutely love this place... the concept of beer from the brick standing out on Sicilian avenue in the summer was always fantastic, however I visited fairly recently and the service, beer and food was all very average. In addition i have issues walking past the open kitchen to get to the badly maintained toilets. 


This is a great pub, really close to holborn but nicely away from the bustle of Covent garden. There is a great selection of beers but they also serve wine, prosecco and spritz by the glass if you prefer. Food is available also - though I haven't tried any yet. 

Very nice pub. Have to say wasn't expecting that in this part of London. A real gem.


Despite the really, really loud extreme rock music that was playing, I found this pub to have a good atmosphere - also due to the fact that the bar staff kindly agreed to lower said loud music once asked. It is not too crowded - that being said, I went on a Saturday eve and it is probably way busier at 6pm on a weekday with people going there after work - they have a range of original craft beer (I recommend the German wheat beer which tastes a lot like Leffe, my favourite) and it's not overpriced. I recommend!


I absolutely love this place! It is basically a pub, but a unique one, right opposite to Bloombsbury square! It is perfect for a gathering of friends/colleagues or even for a date. When the weather is nice, it is worth standing outside in the beautiful Sicilian Avenue, which is wonderful, especially by night with those amazing lights! And the best part is that you get a large selection of craft beers! One more reason to go again and again. Nibbles are also quite good!

Nice selection of craft beers and interesting having the taps coming out of a brick wall. The staff are really friendly and know the beers inside out. Great little place in Holborn.

Lunchtime, only person in. Probably down to the tempearture in there; like drinking in a fridge, Shame - had one excellent ale and woudl have had more but could no longer hold the glass!

Super little bar for our pre clubbing saturday drinks. Beer list is great but we were on the shots! Nice ot meet Neil and his team.

Popped in for lunch today - no delivery, so no food... but was given a half on the house to make up. Unfiltered Camden Town lager was lovely. Place has a nice feel though the calm was disturbed somewhat when two guys, who sounded like they were connected with the management, arrived and struck up a brash conversation. When they asked for a 'mild ale' but meant a 'light lager' I decided to leave before I got too irritated. Will be going back though!

Lucky Holborn. Spotted from the 55 bus and popped in. Busyand interesting beer and spirit range with top playlist. This is not one for the scotch egg eating slobs and the diversity of customers, prob 50/50 male female is refreshing. Easing Holborn into great beer is no easy task but it seems to be on track Whippet burger excellent and nice to see they take bookings for dinner, avoiding the queue trend.

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