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The Old Shades, SW1

37 Whitehall
SW1
SW1A 2BX
Phone: 02078398577
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Will Larter left this review about The Old Shades

This is a classy old pub, with wood panelling throughout, a tiled front to the bar, a cupola in the ceiling towards the rear to admit some light and some very nice windows at the rear (see photos). The bar features beers from Youngs, which I had a few bad examples of when visiting Putney late last year, so I went for St Austell Proper Job, which was in good condition, though I find it a bit too in-your-face with its citrussy flavours. I wouldn't mind coming back another time.

On 2nd February 2022 - rating: 8
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Tris C left this review about The Old Shades

Unsurprisingly for a pub with the ‘Old’ prefix, this was originally the Shades, the meaning of which can be read on CAMRA’s page and heritage website, as this is a pub of Outstanding Conversions and Restorations (?).
The interior of this Arts and Crafts building is well covered below, special mention going to the bar back, dome with stained glass and Minton-style encaustic tiling; very Palace of Westminster. There’s a comfy snug of sorts to the rear, with studded banquettes and a log burning stove, lit.
Ales from Young’s, with two unused pumps, Proper Job (reversed), Special (reversed), London Original and Winter Warmer at £2.70 a half and a significant improvement on my last slug of the stuff many years ago.
This is easily the best pub in the immediate vicinity, certainly better than the Clarence and light years ahead of the Silver Cross next door.

On 20th November 2021 - rating: 7
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about The Old Shades

Run by the small Faucet Inn chain, this pub features a narrow frontage but it extends back some way between the front seating area, past the bar on one side and the dining area at the back. Chandelier and small ceiling dome above the bar. Dark wood panelling. On this visit, Greene King IPA, Abbot and the seasonal Rocked Out were supplemented on the six handpumps by Chelsea Blonde and Beyond the Pale from the London Beer Factory (often featured here) and a decent pint of Portobello Market Porter (£4.50). Also has a reasonable range of keg beers on tap. Upmarket feel, with prices to match, but pleasant enough (and certainly a much better bet than its next-door neighbour).

On 25th January 2016 - rating: 7
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Map location corrected by Steve C
London Charing Cross, 0.27 miles, 5 min walk (show)
London Waterloo, 1 miles, 19 min walk (show)
London Blackfriars, 1.65 miles, 31 min walk (show)
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2nd Feb 2022, 14:08
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29th Jan 2022, 10:03
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 20 November 2021 by Tris C
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 20 November 2021 by Tris C
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 20 November 2021 by Tris C
  • Beer Garden : No last updated 20 November 2021 by Tris C
  • Car Park : No last updated 20 November 2021 by Tris C
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 20 November 2021 by Tris C
  • Darts : No last updated 20 November 2021 by Tris C
  • Function Room : Yes - According to Twitter - last updated 21 July 2015 by Dave McNally
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 31 December 2015 by Bucking Fastard
  • Jukebox : No last updated 20 November 2021 by Tris C
  • Karaoke : No last updated 20 November 2021 by Tris C
  • Live Music : No last updated 20 November 2021 by Tris C
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 20 November 2021 by Tris C
  • Micropub : No last updated 20 November 2021 by Tris C
  • Pinball : No last updated 20 November 2021 by Tris C
  • Pool Table : No last updated 20 November 2021 by Tris C
  • Quiz Night : No last updated 20 November 2021 by Tris C
  • Real Ale : Yes - Young's. - last updated 20 November 2021 by Tris C
  • Real Cider : No last updated 20 November 2021 by Tris C
  • Wheelchair Access : Yes - Disabled WC. - last updated 20 November 2021 by Tris C
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