Ship & Shovell

Bars and pubs Charing Cross
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At facing sides of the southern end of the arches, these two nautically themed pubs sharing the same title have historians tied up in knots. Are they named after the coal-heavers who also frequented the nearby Coal Hole, or are they named after the unfortunate Sir Cloudesley Shovell, who received a knighthood despite losing his fleet off the Isles of Scilly in 1707?

In any case, both have a maritime theme and, as befits a brewery (Hall & Woodhouse) also founded in the 18th century, both offer ales and pub grub in a trad setting. Those ales include Badger First Gold, Tanglefoot and Hopping Hare (alongside mainstream lagers).

Foodwise, superior baguettes, lamb shank and Florentine gnocchi are consumed with gusto by white-collar lunch-breakers. Later, those in the pedestrianised space outside mingle by the queue for gay superclub Heaven.


Venue name: Ship & Shovell
Address: 1-3 Craven Passage
Opening hours: Open 11am-11pm Mon-Sat. Food served noon-3.30pm Mon-Fri; noon-4pm Sat
Transport: Tube: Charing Cross tube/rail
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Featuring many nooks and crannies, this nautical themed pub is split either side of an alleyway near Embankment. Being a Badger brewery pub, it features a number of their ales on tap as well as a further selection in bottles in the fridges. Also available are your usual lagers, wines and spirits.

The Badger ales come in at under £4 a pint, which is terrific value for a pub in the heart of tourist London.

With a large upstairs area on one side of the street, this pub has room for larger groups and has even been known to be a place for board gaming friends to gather and play.