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Tower Tavern, Fitzrovia, W1

2 Clipstone Street

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Tris C left this review about Tower Tavern

Dating from 1970 and taking its name for being in the shadow of the Post Office Tower, or BT Tower for the under-50s. This was originally the site of the Fitzroy Arms, the date of renaming in 1826 when it was previously known as the Bastard Arms on account of the landlord being a Bastard; John Bastard to be precise.
I came here once before for an office darts match around 1990 and recall it being quite a tidy affair, unlike the shenanigans undertaken by some of my fellow office workers.
I doubt I would have returned.

On 26th July 2021 - no rating submitted
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Bucking Fastard left this review about Tower Tavern

From the outside this looks like a classic flat roof estate pub and the Greene King coloured signage may put you off ,but none of their appalling beers were on offer inside ,so maybe this is now free of tie.
It's a single room open plan layout with a raised front section under the slatted window blinds .A mix of high tables,Chesterfield sofas and regular tables are dotted about as are three flatscreens but all were turned off on my lunchtime visit thankfully.There is an unused dartsboard,and a short menu featuring a lot of veggie and vegan options at pub grub prices.
The 4 handpumps were offering TT Landlord,Doom Bar and Exeter Ferryman (NBSS 2.5 ,a dull brew)
With a pedestrial ale selection and not much internal character this pub wouldn't make it on my list for a revisit.

On 13th December 2019 - rating: 6
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about Tower Tavern

Odd-looking pub with a pale tiled façade, housed in a distinctly unattractive low-rise building in the shadow of the BT Tower. Just one split-level room, which looks bigger than it actually is due to the sparse furniture and basic 60s decor. Several TVs, and you get the impression that it also used for live music. It is a Greene King house, but the beer selection has improved since my last visit some five years ago, with a mixture of beers from the brewery's range plus a decent pint of Bath Ales Gem as a guest from an increased total of four handpumps.

On 25th June 2017 - rating: 6
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Quinno _ left this review about Tower Tavern

Classic post-war pub with an angled, utilitarian look both outside and in. Leased by Greene King from the nearby University of Westminster and indeed it’s a hangout for a fair few staff in the evening. The exterior walls are covered in pale tiling. Inside it’s a split-level and pretty spartan affair although a bit of character has been put in with the addition of a lot of black and white photos (looked like musicians but it was hard to tell in the Friday evening scrum) and the place seemed pretty tidy. Worth noting that the windows concertina so is maybe a decent bet in the summer months as there’s also some outside seating. Three ales on; GK IPA, Brains SA (fair) and Longman APA (decent). Fair enough, overall – I expected much worse.

On 9th October 2015 - rating: 6
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hondo . left this review about Tower Tavern

4 real ales and food served. Music related photos and memorabilia on the walls.

On 20th March 2014 - no rating submitted
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Steve C left this review about Tower Tavern

If there was an award for ugliest pub in London this place would be a strong contender for top prize. Thankfully once inside thoughts of the grotesque exterior are soon banished by the extremely hospitable governor who seems to make it his business to make people feel welcome.

Olde Trip and Greene King IPA were available alongside Rev. James, which was good, and some standard and premium lagers.

There are a couple of plasma screens and the pub shows Sky Sports and Setanta. A band was setting up during my visit late on a Friday afternoon and I also got the feeling that this is a live music venue at the weekends.

This isn't the greatest of pubs, but it is very friendly making it a stop off point when next in the area.

On 17th June 2009 - rating: 7
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Philip Carter left this review about Tower Tavern

Nice pub in the shadow of the BT Tower. Modern exterioe, but comfortable inside. Sells real ale. Has seating out the front, or side, depending on your point of view. Windows/doors open fully so should be nice in the summer. Friendly staff.

On 3rd April 2008 - rating: 6
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