The BlackfriarCheck out London’s most beautiful pub
Credit: Bob Radlinski
Once again London is indebted to Sir John Betjeman for helping to save a wonderful building, in this case the now Grade II * listed Black Friar, threatened with demolition in the sixties.
The pub was built in 1875 on the site of a medieval friary, and then remodelled in various stages between 1903 and 1925, transforming it into a glorious art-nouveau-meets-arts-and-crafts gem. There are stained glass windows, copper reliefs, multi-coloured marble, mosaics and mottoes (Haste is Slow, Finery is Foolery), not to mention a chubby black friar on the pub’s facade.
The location – bang opposite Blackfriars station – means it’s just as popular with commuters as it is with tourists and design geeks, giving it a proper pub vibe rather than a hushed heritage atmosphere. It’s run by Nicholson’s, complete with a pub grub menu, a range of ales and a decent amount of outdoor seating.
Visit, and marvel.
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