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Vaulty Towers, SE1

34 Lower Marsh
SE1
SE1 7RG
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Pub SignMan left this review about Vaulty Towers

This is a very quirky, eccentric pub with a good location on Lower Marsh market, just a short walk from Waterloo station. The eye-catching, highly decorative exterior should give you an idea of what to expect on the inside, where a simple bare boarded room with striking blue walls has been decorated in a wildly bizarre manner. The servery is in the far-right corner and has a ramshackle counter made from reclaimed bits of wood, contrasting nicely with the smart bar back. Benches down one side of the room serve a mix of tables, including one with a fine polished stone top. On the other side of the room, chairs serve smaller round tables, including some in a cosy spot beneath a staircase. The stairs lead up to a tiny, single table, mezzanine space – almost a Juliet balcony – which looked like it could be a cool spot to bag if you’re in early enough. Everywhere you look, something unexpected can be found, whether that be a large papier-mâché head and hands above the front door, one of several models and grotesques found around the pub, the weird bottles and jars collected in the windows, a set of traffic lights by the bathrooms, the best part of a whole tree truck suspended from the ceiling, oil drums, paintings, huge plants and much more besides. A lounge-style soundtrack was playing in the background throughout our visit and a bloke seemed to be setting up to play some live music, and we noticed posters advertising life drawing classes.
Two handpulls on the bar promised some cask ale, but a turned clip and an unclipped pump meant that I ended up with a pint of Beavertown Gamma Ray on keg, with brews from the likes of Camden and Brixton breweries also spotted. There was a nice buzz to the place, which seemed to mainly attract a younger clientele.
Despite the lack of ale and the general chaos of the interior, I really warmed to this place and thought it was a fun addition to the local pub scene. It’s the kind of place that rewards multiple visits, thanks to there being so much to discover, and it seemed like it was doing a lot to engage the local community too. Hopefully they get some ale on the bar at times as well – I’d be happy to return again to give it another look.

On 18th September 2023 - rating: 6
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Tris C left this review about Vaulty Towers

Having undergone a number of name changes since this was originally built in 1811 as the Spanish Patriot, though obviously replaced, probably in the late 19th century, the current name dating from 2017.
The description is best appreciated from CAMRA’s site, but it includes a raised ‘hide’ and ‘Pink Cave’ – Oooh Matron! The interior is beyond description and only a miserable old churl would leave without at least the hint of a smile and I was probably the oldest churl in here.
Two pumps, one unused, the other dispensing Sussex Best at a reasonable £2.45.
Certainly worth a visit if in the area if you’re looking for something fun and different.

On 10th November 2021 - rating: 5
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E TA left this review about Vaulty Towers

Very well described below, this pub is rather different, and it’s certainly fun.  I did look upstairs but it was full, while the basement was far too loud to venture into. No dog present, but there did appear to be a house cat lurking.  Only one ale on draft, Signature Roady IPA, which was in good condition but too fruity for my taste buds.  I’d be happy to jump in again when I’m next passing. 

On 29th May 2019 - rating: 6
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by hondo .
London Waterloo, 0.37 miles, 7 min walk (show)
London Charing Cross, 0.92 miles, 17 min walk (show)
London Blackfriars, 1.78 miles, 34 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for Vaulty Towers, SE1
18th Sep 2023, 16:43
Review submitted by Pub SignMan
 
10th Nov 2021, 19:51
Review submitted by Tris C

Pub Details

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 15 December 2017 by Tris C
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 17 April 2019 by E TA
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 17 April 2019 by E TA
  • Beer Garden : No last updated 17 April 2019 by E TA
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 17 April 2019 by E TA
  • Car Park : No last updated 17 April 2019 by E TA
  • Child Friendly : No last updated 17 April 2019 by E TA
  • Darts : No last updated 17 April 2019 by E TA
  • Dog Friendly : Yes - But beware of the cat. - last updated 10 November 2021 by Tris C
  • Function Room : No last updated 17 April 2019 by E TA
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 18 March 2019 by Rex Rattus
  • Jukebox : No last updated 10 November 2021 by Tris C
  • Karaoke : No last updated 17 April 2019 by E TA
  • Live Music : Yes - Sundays 16.00. - last updated 10 November 2021 by Tris C
  • Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 10 November 2021 by Tris C
  • Micropub : No last updated 20 March 2019 by Tris C
  • Pinball : No last updated 17 April 2019 by E TA
  • Pool Table : No last updated 17 April 2019 by E TA
  • Quiz Night : Yes - Mondays 7.30 pm. - last updated 10 November 2021 by Tris C
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 10 November 2021 by Tris C
  • Real Cider : No last updated 17 April 2019 by E TA
  • Wheelchair Access : No last updated 10 November 2021 by Tris C
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