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Princess Louise, Holborn, WC1

208 High Holborn
WC1
WC1V 7EP
Phone: 02074058816
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Jon B left this review about Princess Louise

there are must visit pubs and then there are must must must visit pubs. Even without considering the price of beer, this is obviously in the latter category. You don’t need me to describe it so I won’t - just appreciate it. Thank god this one didn’t fall into the hands of M&B or Greed King, because it’s truly a gem. And 10/10 for the waitress who tirelessly rushed around the bar and somehow kept up with the stream of orders.

On 13th May 2019 - rating: 10
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Tris C left this review about Princess Louise

I first came here in the autumn of 1987 and then was something of a regular for a couple of years. The pub wasn’t then owned by the Sage of Tadcaster and as a result, you could get around eight ales on rotation. The lavatories were there but the panels – and possibly other elements of this pub’s fabled finery – may not have been present though. The pub was certainly more opened out and more comfortable. It also wasn’t rammed solid every evening.
Restored in 2007 and now a CAMRA Heritage Pub: mirrors, tiles, partitions, cut and etched glass – this pub has it all, centred around a lovely long island bar. The pub is famous for its ornate gent’s lavatories, but there’s at least one unisex mini khazi which is – ahem – bog standard.
A generally charming place but as mentioned, the screens reduce floor space and also impede eye contact with the staff which increases time spent trying to order a drink. They also mean that getting about the pub is a bit arduous – you can see why modern pubs have been opened out to such an extent.
Ales: just the one of course, Old Brewery on cask and at a very reasonable £3.20 a pint.
Ok, so this is a very attractive pub but it’s not that practical; it may be better at quieter times. This and the limited choice of ale mean that for me, unlike 30 years ago, this is now a must-visit curiosity, a place I’d take a friend who’d never been, but it’s not a place I’d choose to spend an evening.

Closes at 6.45 pm on Sundays.

On 24th February 2018 - rating: 8
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E TA left this review about Princess Louise

A Sam Smith's pub. So you know what you're getting beer-wise in spite of the grand mock-Baroque interior whose tiles and stained glass are, to be fair, quite impressive as indicated by the previous reviews. The full range of Sam Smith's beers was available in keg, with only Old Brewery Bitter on hand-pump. The downstairs was cramped and crowded, while the upstairs bar and dining room was reasonable comfortable, probably because standing at the bar is discouraged. The staff were pleasant but not particularly helpful, the other clientele a decent bunch. The food was nothing special – the usual London pub grub selection, but not as good: badly-microwaved gristle pie, cold veg and unpeeled oven chips. They also sneaked a 1.58% surcharge on the bill because we paid by card. There was no WiFI here. I would possibly drop in for a pint when passing or include on a crawl, but I wouldn't bother eating here again.

On 5th November 2015 - rating: 6
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Farringdon (London), 0.87 miles, 16 min walk (show)
London Charing Cross, 0.91 miles, 17 min walk (show)
City Thameslink, 0.92 miles, 17 min walk (show)
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13th May 2019, 18:07
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 24 February 2018 by Tris C
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 24 February 2018 by Tris C
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 30 September 2013 by Quinno _
  • Beer Garden : No last updated 24 February 2018 by Tris C
  • Car Park : No last updated 30 September 2013 by Quinno _
  • Child Friendly : No last updated 24 February 2018 by Tris C
  • Darts : No last updated 24 February 2018 by Tris C
  • Dog Friendly : No last updated 24 February 2018 by Tris C
  • Jukebox : No last updated 24 February 2018 by Tris C
  • Karaoke : No last updated 24 February 2018 by Tris C
  • Live Music : No last updated 24 February 2018 by Tris C
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 24 February 2018 by Tris C
  • Micropub : No last updated 24 February 2018 by Tris C
  • Pinball : No last updated 24 February 2018 by Tris C
  • Pool Table : No last updated 24 February 2018 by Tris C
  • Quiz Night : No last updated 24 February 2018 by Tris C
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 07 June 2010 by Quinno _
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