Prince Alfred & Formosa Dining Rooms

Bars and pubs, Pubs Maida Vale
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Tucked away among the imposing mansions and canals around Warwick Avenue is a little slice of nineteenth-century London. No, not a workhouse filled with criminal orphans, but something much nicer than that – a Victorian pub, complete with spectacularly intricate carved woodwork and ‘snob screens’ separating the different sections of the bar. The low doorways between them are a nightmare if you've got a bad back, but perfect if you're very short and need to escape a pub bore.

It sort of helps that the Prince Alfred is a Young's pub instead of some chichi craft beer palace – it's simple, old fashioned, no nonsense. Peanuts, yup. Pint of bitter, yup. Sticky floors, yup. And all combined with the joy of watching your fellow drinkers playing a constant game of limbo.

By: Eddy Frankel


Venue name: Prince Alfred & Formosa Dining Rooms
Address: 5A Formosa Street
W9 1EE
Opening hours: Open noon-11pm Mon-Sat; noon-10.30pm Sun. Food served noon-3pm, 6.30-10pm Mon-Thur; noon-3pm, 6.30-11pm Fri, Sat; noon-9pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Warwick Avenue tube
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This place is just so full of character.
Relaxed and friendly and just absolute beautiful. We did not know what to do with ourselves when it was closed for ages for restoration!


Quaint and cosy pub in Maida Vale with traditional Victorian partitions by the bar. Great for drinks and the classic British pub experience. Avoid eating there - the attempt at the gastropub interior is not supported by the menu. Bangers and mash felt microwaved, food overall was bland and service slow.

One of few pubs in London with the old sections design, very authentic leaves you very secluded feeling due to the sections dividers. Extended into the Dining Room restaurant with great selection of food that is just as delicious. At the  basement of the restaurant private dining area for hiring. 

Nice pub but very expensive. A pound of Pilsner is £4.84. They charge 12.5% for service. Won't come back