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The Shakespeare, SW1

99 Buckingham Palace Road
SW1
SW1W 0RP
Phone: 02078284913
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Taylor Walker (Spirit Pubs)

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Reviews of The Shakespeare (Average Rating: 4 of 10) Add Review see review guidelines

Tris C left this review about The Shakespeare

I came here once before around 20 or more years ago and I really don’t remember it being anything like this; has it been expanded into new buildings as it seems huge?
Essentially this place is one very large room, designed in wholly fake Victorian style, with split levels, multi-screens for sport, games machines, recessed aircon units in the ceiling and a Clear Channel illuminated advertising screen. The pub has more styles of furniture than DFS, with different zones receiving an individual theme. There are sauce bottles and plastic menus on tables and a security guard watching over all, who seemed to be tourists.
Ales: one reversed pump, then GK IPA and Abbot, so a Neck Oil it was at £3.35 a half.
This is a very poor pub, even by GK standards, but failed to prepare me for the neighbouring Victoria, but what should one expect when drinking next to a busy railway station?

On 7th November 2021 - rating: 3
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Bucking Fastard left this review about The Shakespeare

Large GK coner plot pub ,very close to Victoria station and so expect a transient crowd inside.Full T&T on entry and shown to a table,the interior has been split into sections so it doesn't feel like a barn but there are mute flatscreens everywhere.The good thing about Covid is that the huge plastic food menus have all been removed which has decluttered the interior ,and tables have been removed to aid social distancing.It felt quite secure inside,a good job as there little room outside.There is a cellar but closed on my Sunday visit.

The bar runs the length of a back wall and has two banks of three handpumps. However GK have a cider festival on ,meaning most taps were badged with 12 cider options,leaving just GK IPA for real ale drinkers (£5.10,NBSS 2.5 a piss take) .There was also a Gin festival of 31 varieties and I got the impression that real ale just isn't a priority in here.
Functional at best and instantly foregettable,GK just have too many pubs like this in central London.

On 11th October 2020 - rating: 4
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Philip Carter left this review about The Shakespeare

Big pub right outside Victoria Station. Lots of seats and plenty of food choices. But the prices are a bit high. Soup of the day £4.79, it is served with bread & butter, Fiush & Chips £13.49. But now the best bit, a pint of Twickenham Naked Ladies, £5.10. For a big pub, the gents toilet is not that big, the floor is wet and one of the hand dryers doesn't seem strong enough to dry anything. I have rated it as 3 as the pint of Naked Ladies tasted good.

On 7th February 2018 - rating: 3
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Map location corrected by Steve C
London Victoria, 0.14 miles, 2 min walk (show)
London Victoria, 0.14 miles, 2 min walk (show)
London Charing Cross, 1.39 miles, 26 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The Shakespeare, SW1
7th Nov 2021, 18:35
Review submitted by Tris C
 
1st Sep 2021, 22:51
Picture submitted by paulof horsham approved

Pub Details

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 22 July 2020 by ROB Camra
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 22 July 2020 by ROB Camra
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 22 July 2020 by ROB Camra
  • Beer Garden : No last updated 22 July 2020 by ROB Camra
  • CAMRA Discount : No - Discount withdrawn - last updated 22 July 2020 by ROB Camra
  • Car Park : No last updated 22 July 2020 by ROB Camra
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 07 November 2021 by Tris C
  • Darts : No last updated 16 January 2015 by Nick Davies
  • Dog Friendly : No last updated 07 November 2021 by Tris C
  • Function Room : Yes last updated 22 July 2020 by ROB Camra
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 14 October 2015 by hondo .
  • Jukebox : No last updated 16 January 2015 by Nick Davies
  • Karaoke : No last updated 07 November 2021 by Tris C
  • Live Music : No last updated 22 July 2020 by ROB Camra
  • Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 07 November 2021 by Tris C
  • Micropub : No last updated 22 July 2020 by ROB Camra
  • Pinball : No last updated 16 January 2015 by Nick Davies
  • Pool Table : No last updated 16 January 2015 by Nick Davies
  • Quiz Night : No last updated 16 January 2015 by Nick Davies
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 22 July 2020 by ROB Camra
  • Real Cider : No last updated 22 July 2020 by ROB Camra
  • Wheelchair Access : Yes last updated 16 January 2015 by Nick Davies
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 22 July 2020 by ROB Camra
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