Lord John Russell

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Within walking distance but a world away from the Bloomsbury set and the British Museum, the Marchmont neighbourhood is a mongrel area of the low-waged, laundrette users and long-term ex-students. All can be found in this rather splendid venue named in honour of the man who twice served as prime minister in the 19th century – and a descendant of the family that developed Bloomsbury.

It has all the markings of a gastropub (bare boards, sturdy rustic tables, the occasional pew and a colour photo of the pub on the walls) but only feels the need to serve pies and pasties. The beers – König Pilsner, Hannibal’s Nectar, Wadworth 6X, Caledonian Flying Dutchman, Budvar light and dark – are what bring punters here. Rugby’s also big, as are the Sunday roasts (£7.95). Smokers gather in the attractive adjoining courtyard.


Venue name: Lord John Russell
Address: 91-93 Marchmont Street
Opening hours: Open 11.30am-11pm Mon-Sat; noon-10.30pm Sun. Food served noon-2.30pm Mon-Fri; 1-9pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Russell Square tube
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Quote - Is a mongrel area of the low-waged, laundrette users and long-term ex-students. 

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I have just had the worst experience of my life at this pub. Please, I beg you, don't spend your hard-earned cash here in a pub that despises its regular customers and is unutterably rude to them for no apparent reason. We came here to celebrate an occasion, bought 3 rounds of drinks and were rudely told to leave as we were taking up a table and not buying drinks. um, what? Added to that, the pub was just nicely full, and nobody at all was standing or waiting for a table. We were absolutely gobsmacked at the rudeness of the bar staff and the owner, so much so that we went to check that we had heard what we though we heard. The owner was proud to tell us that, yes, we should leave, we'd been sitting at the table "with one glass of wine and 3 glasses of water for an hour" - oh really? since when do you get kicked out of a bar for finishing your drinks at a reasonable hour? Hard to convey just how rude he was but enough to say DO NO VISIT THIS PUB. THEY ARE NOT NICE PEOPLE. We have been coming here for 4 years and I am so angry at our treatment that I am going to tell everyone I know and everyone I don't know NOT TO COME HERE.