Bars and pubs Blackfriars
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This historic pub on the site of a medieval friary boasts a great selection of guest ales.

Built in 1875 on the site of a medieval Dominican friary, the Blackfriar had its interior completely remodelled in the Arts and Crafts style. Now a Nicholson’s, its bright panes, intricate friezes and carved slogans (‘Industry is Ale’, ‘Haste is Slow’) still make a work of art out of the main saloon, adjoined by a prosaic one linked by a marble-topped bar.

Outside, a large terrace faces traffic approaching Blackfriars Bridge, and a tick-box blackboard by the doorway gives notice of the considerable choice of guest ales – Sharp’s Doom Bar, Kelham Best, St Austell, Bateman Victory – that complements the tap Erdinger and Peroni. Wines are reasonably priced and interesting, while food runs from bar bites to Sunday roasts of beef topside.


Venue name: Blackfriar
Address: 174 Queen Victoria Street

Opening hours: Food served 8am-10pm Mon-Sat; noon-9.30pm Sun. Bar open 10am-11pm Mon-Sat; noon-10.30pm Sun.
Transport: Tube: Blackfriars tube/rail or Mansion House tube
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Oh my oh my - you just have to have a British pub supper in this place just once! The tiny dining room is an old marble friary built in 1905. You are surrounded by portraits of monks, positive quotes, stunning tiling and antique lighting. Granted the menu and food presentation could be vastly improved but you know what, it is charming and unpretentious and not over done or spoilt so I love it just the way it is so go ahead and order the steak and ale pie! When I first turned right out of Blackfriars station and saw the funny looking building I knew I was in for a treat. Enjoy!

Ann D

Wonderful place, first taken to it (a clandestine lunch date) in 1968. It is just the same amazing place today, although the lunches are possibly even better! Thank you, Sir John Betjamin.


Wonderfully atmospheric, and with a good selection of gin and other drinks. It does get very busy after work, so you might need to stand or take your drinks outside. 

Neil K

A fantastic and fascinating pub with incredible character and interesting architectural design features inside and out along with a good beer and food selection. Having been built on the site of an old Dominican Friary the grade 2 listed building features jolly friars depicted throughout the interior of the pub in the form of reliefs sculptures and mosaics. If you are after a more curious venue to impress a London visitor, or a visitor yourself who'd like to be impressed this could well be the place.

deborah marshall

Excellant place for good ambience and traditional feel of old london. Prices are fair and food is excellant! Im a londoner and rate this pub to ve in my top 5 of london pubs! Give it a go you will return!!!