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Princess of Wales, WC2

27 Villiers Street
WC2
WC2N 6ND
Phone: 02074840748
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Nicholsons (Mitchells & Butlers)

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Blue Scrumpy left this review about Princess of Wales

I vaguely recall visiting a pub in Villiers Street years and years ago. It could have been this one. But I returned on a Monday afternoon to visit pubs that had appeared in the last 2 editions of the Good Beer Guide. If I did visit, it's not how I recall it!

The single ground floor bar is quite small. However, there is an upper floor, roped off on our visit.

TVs were showing Sky Sports News, which nobody appeared particularly interested in. Doom Bar is the regular beer, whilst there was also a guest beer in Ghost Ship.

Nicholson's pubs have really gone downhill in recent years, in terms of their beer range. This one is no exception. So there would be no reason for me to return here.

On 4th February 2022 - rating: 5
[User has posted 1330 recommendations about 1330 pubs]


Tris C left this review about Princess of Wales

This is a Nicholson’s outlet, right next to Charing Cross railway station, so gets a great deal of passing trade, less so on a Sunday.
It’s pretty predictable inside, though less ornate than most of their outlets, with dark grey paint to the dado, mid-grey above, continuing to the ceiling. Lighting is Victorian-style and furniture is conventional, tall or normal; décor comes in the form of portraits of famous former local residents. What was wholly unnecessary, was American football playing on the TV, which added nothing but ugly light; naturally, no one was watching.
Ales were an improvement on my previous visit, a GK pub, which just goes to show how much better are Nicholson’s compared to their more numerous competitor, with Ghost Ship, Pride, Doom and Oakham’s Citra at £2.80 a half and good, though too cold.
Better than a GK pub, but still average and not bad if wanting a swift one before getting the train.

On 1st November 2021 - rating: 5
[User has posted 1519 recommendations about 1497 pubs]


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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about Princess of Wales

Since the smoking ban, this small Nicholson's pub is much more pleasant inside than it used to be since the majority of customers usually seem to be standing outside in the semi-pedestrianised Villiers Street rather than being crammed into the rather dark interior. There is also the Rudyard Kipling dining room upstairs (never visited). On this visit, I found NPA plus five decent beers in a variety of styles including Florida Dark wild oat stout from Black Wolf (£4.45). Also now has Meantime's London Lager and Pale Ale on tap. Overall, nothing special, but not bad for a quick one if waiting for a train from the adjacent Charing Cross station. NB - Polycarbonate 'glasses' now in use from 20:00 due to licencing restrictions.

On 16th April 2017 - rating: 6
[User has posted 7048 recommendations about 7048 pubs]


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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by Tris C
London Charing Cross, 0.05 miles, 1 min walk (show)
London Waterloo, 0.8 miles, 15 min walk (show)
London Blackfriars, 1.69 miles, 32 min walk (show)
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23rd May 2022, 09:44
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23rd May 2022, 09:44
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 10 April 2014 by Quinno _
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 10 April 2014 by Quinno _
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 01 November 2021 by Tris C
  • Beer Garden : No last updated 10 April 2014 by Quinno _
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 10 April 2014 by Quinno _
  • Car Park : No last updated 10 April 2014 by Quinno _
  • Darts : No last updated 01 November 2021 by Tris C
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 10 April 2014 by Quinno _
  • Jukebox : No last updated 10 April 2014 by Quinno _
  • Karaoke : No last updated 10 April 2014 by Quinno _
  • Live Music : No last updated 10 April 2014 by Quinno _
  • Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 01 November 2021 by Tris C
  • Micropub : No last updated 01 November 2021 by Tris C
  • Pinball : No last updated 10 April 2014 by Quinno _
  • Pool Table : No last updated 10 April 2014 by Quinno _
  • Quiz Night : No last updated 01 November 2021 by Tris C
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 10 April 2014 by Quinno _
  • Real Cider : No last updated 10 April 2014 by Quinno _
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