THE JACK HORNER HOLBORN
The Jack Horner on Tottenham Court Road is a Fuller’s pub. Come for the warm welcome, stay for the wide selection of pies. The Jack Horner on TCR has recently been renovated, losing none of its historic oak panelling charm.
Depending on the time and day, Jack Horner, Holborn has a variety of different food menus including a breakfast, main, pudding and sunday roast menu. As with many Fuller’s pubs, the Jack Horner on Tottenham Court Road is a specific Ale & Pie house. The team take great pride in their classic flavours of pies wrapped in handmade golden pastry.
The selection of drinks at the Jack Horner primarily features the Fuller’s selection of craft ales, although you can expect a good selection of craft lager, seasonal ales, ciders, wines, spirits and artisan soft drinks.
THE FLYING HORSE
The address may technically not be Tottenham Court Road, but do not be fooled. The Flying Horse is one of the most popular Tottenham Court Road pubs, with its central location one of the key reasons. Located on the St Giles Circus interchange, the Flying Horse is next to McDonald’s and opposite the ever-busy Tottenham Court Road station.
The Flying Horse prides itself on being a traditional pub with a unique character, revered for its real ale and British hospitality. The Flying Horse on Tottenham Court Road can trace its roots back to at least 1790, where the punters were primarily theatregoers enjoying the local Tottenham Street Theatre.
These days, the central location will draw you in, whilst the great hospitality will keep you coming back. The Flying Horse Tottenham Court Road is a great place to catch a tipple after a day of shopping or before a night out.
The Rising Sun is a Victorian Grade II listed pub with the characteristic high ceilings and dark wood decking that are so well associated with a traditional British boozer. For older readers, you might remember this pub as “The Presley”, a pub decorated from floor to ceiling with images of the king of rock ‘n’ roll, Elvis Presley. The current operators, Greene King, have moved away from the Elvis inspiration, leaning back towards the traditional British pub experience of real cask ales and pub grub classics. In the summer, the Rising Sun’s beer garden is a go-to destination for those in central seeking a cool, refreshing pint. As with all Greene King pubs, the Rising Sun Tottenham Court Road is suitable for families.
The Court is immensely popular with sports fans seeking a lively atmosphere to watch live sports such as Premier League football or Six Nations Rugby Union. The Court has BT Sport and Sky Sports, so you can watch all televised Premier League matches, as well as European fixtures in the Champions League and Europa League. Outside of football, you can catch the rugby, darts, formula one, cricket, boxing and many more sports.
As well as the wide selection of sport, The Court is popular for regular themed events such as Mardigras and St Patrick’s Day. These themed events are popular, so you are recommended to book a table to avoid disappointment. At all other times, The Court will be busy but it is spacious with upstairs seating, so you should be able to find somewhere to sit or stand and enjoy a pint.
If you are heading to The Court as a large group, you can benefit from the buffet menu. The buffet is available in bronze, silver and gold packages, offering a wide range of tasty nibbles. Highly recommended to book the buffet menu in advance.
THE NORTHUMBERLAND ARMS
The Northumberland Arms on Tottenham Court Road is a vibrant experience set in a traditional British pub building. With stripped back wooden floors and low-hanging chandeliers, if you are looking for a historic, authentic pub experience in Central London, you can’t go wrong with a visit to The Northumberland Arms. The pub literally has humble origins, as the first registered occupant of 119 Tottenham Court Road was one ‘Mr Humble’ in 1825.
Some cool trivia to impress your friends, The Northumberland Arms was where Karl Marx was arrested for smashing a street lamp during a fight on Tottenham Court Road!
The TCR Bar on Tottenham Court Road is a relaxed, casual bar with a good selection of cask ales and cocktails. In summer, the outdoor beer garden is a thoroughly pleasant to spend an afternoon with a pint. Revellers can enjoy the wide range of cocktails, beers, spirits and soft drinks throughout the day. There is also regular live music events, perfect for a more entertaining start to an evening on the town.
THE HOPE FITZROVIA
The Hope Fitzrovia on Tottenham Court Road is a lively small pub serving real ales and proper pub grub. If you are looking for a friendly yet slightly frenetic atmosphere, you will enjoy The Hope Fitzrovia. In our visits, the staff and other punters have been affable and warm. The star of the food menu is undoubtably the sourdough pizza selection served from noon and cooked fresh on site.
The Fitzrovia Belle is a charming, old-school community pub, that so happens to be on one of the busiest roads in the UK. Coming inside for a pint is a perfect way to take the weight off of your feet after a busy day of shopping or walking. In our visits, we’ve always been made to feel welcome and the selection of drinks is broad enough for nearly all drinkers.
The College Arms is another pub not technically on Tottenham Court Road, but is a more relaxing place for a pint just off TCR compared to the hustle and bustle of the high street. In comparison to some of the old, traditional London boozers, College Arms is a contemporary craft pub. Think brushed metals and craft beers and you’ll get the idea. They serve real ale and offer good level pub grub, so you can’t go wrong.
The Marlborough Arms is a pub full of every type of person, whether it be students, locals, tourists and the after-work drinks crowd. It is a Greene King pub, so you know what you are going to get with the Marlborough Arms just off Tottenham Court Road. Cask ales, wide selection of cocktails and a British pub grub menu. Always a safe bet, which isn’t a bad thing.
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HISTORY OF TOTTENHAM COURT ROAD
The area that is now occupied by Tottenham Court Road was mentioned in the Domesday Book. A manor house stood at the (now) Oxford Street end of Tottenham Court Road, belonging to nobleman William de Tottenhall. For three centuries, various names relating to de Tottenhall were used, before Queen Elizabeth I settled upon the name Tottenham Court.
Tottenham Court Road is home to some of Britain’s most revered furniture shops, including the historic Heal’s, first opened on TCR in 1818. Heal’s was described as the “best commercial front of its date in London” by the Pevsner Architectural Guide, and it was one of the first British retailers to start selling electrical lights such as lamps to members of the public.
Karl Marx was arrested in The Northumberland Arms Pub for a brawl he had on Tottenham Court Road following a pub crawl. Marx, alongside fellow SPD members, stumbled out of one of the Tottenham Court Road pubs, picing up a paving stone and using it to break a handful of gas lanterns, much to the dissatisfaction of the local police force!
Local to Tottenham Court Road was the Meux’s Brewery, site of the London Beer Flood in October 1814. Following an industrial accident, over 8,000 barrels of porter ale were flooded onto the streets, creating a 15ft high tidal wave of beer to crash through the streets. Whilst it sound quite tasty, the beer flood caused significant damage to the local area, killing eight people and destroying two houses.
During WW2, General Eisenhower used an underground bunker underneath Tottenham Court Road and Chenies Street to direct the Allies’ assault of Western Europe.