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Charing Cross road's premium destination for quality food, great beer and atmosphere.

You will find The Porcupine in Leicester Square London within a short stroll of Leicester Square Tube, Shaftesbury Avenue and Long Acre - however you won't find another like it.

Step in to discover a traditional pub of unique character, revered for its eclectic range of real ales and its quality pub food, which are served, as they should be, with a generous measure of famous British hospitality.

The Porcupine has proudly stood its ground since 1725. In years gone by we were a haunt of the freemasons and in 1807 became the meeting place for another group; the 'Lodge of Confidence'. In 1822 a gang of thieves came here for a celebratory drink, after burgling at the house of Lord Ashbrook. They were nabbed after asking the landlord to put their equipment behind the bar for 'safe keeping'!

The Porcupine is one of many rare gems in the Nicholson's collection of great British pubs, reputed for their distinctive buildings, intriguing history and vibrant atmosphere.

latest pub news, offers & events

Rugby World Cup 2019

Happening from 20/09/2019 to 02/11/2019

Follow every tackle, try and scrum from the Rugby World Cup right here at Nicholson’s!

We’ll be showing select games live and in HD from Friday 20th September - Saturday 2nd November.

This Autumn’s tournament is lined up to be the best yet — a showcase of strength, ability and skill…

Nicholson's Gin Festival

Happening from 06/08/2018 to 02/09/2018 [Expired]

Our 3rd annual Gin Festival has arrived for the summer, and there’s even more for you to explore this summer…

We’ve been perfecting pubs since 1873 and we’re proud to have over 140 years of botanical heritage. Throughout our Gin Festival, we’ll be taking your taste buds on an…

Beer Day Britain 2018

Happening on 15/06/2018 [Expired]

Friday 15th June marks the annual celebration of the nation's best-loved bevvy - real ale! So why not come down and join us in raising a glass of the good stuff and say #CheersToBeer!