Ship & Shovell
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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.
1-3 Craven Passage
|Transport:||Tube: Charing Cross tube/rail|
|Opening hours:||Open 11am-11pm Mon-Sat. Food served noon-3.30pm Mon-Fri; noon-4pm Sat|
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