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The Salisbury has been used in films such as 'Victim' starring Dirk Bogarde, 'Travels With My Aunt' starring Maggie Smith and most recently 'The Boat That Rocked' starring Phillip Seymour Hoffman. The pub was rebuilt in 1898 and it is this magnificent interior that we are fortunate enough to enjoy today. Although the pub was restored in 1963, it was done in the most sympathetic manner. Being located in the heart of Theatreland the pub has enjoyed a great many theatrical connections. In the days when homosexuality was an criminal offence, it was something of a haven for London’s theatrical gay community. In the 1960s, when ‘Stores’ was dropped from its name, it enjoyed a vogue as ‘the actors’ pub’.

These days it more likely to be full of audiences now that the days of celebrity and paparazzi make a relaxed drink impossible for stars. The very name of this pub is part of the fabric of British history and reaches back to Robert Cecil, the first Earl of Salisbury who is said to have been the wisest man in Tudor politics. It was Cecil's 19th descendant, the third Marquis of Salisbury and Queen Victoria's favourite Prime Minister, from whom the site of the tavern was originally leased in 1892. Prior to this the pub had been known as The Coach & Horses and Ben Caunt's Head and was famous for promoting prize fighting. A much friendlier and welcoming atmosphere is assured these days. The Salisbury has original etched glass and hand carved mahogany, making it stand out not just in the heart of Theatre land, but the whole of London.


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Trev Evans

4 months ago

Lovely pub with a traditional etched glass interior. Always packed to the gunnels but the staff are very efficient. Grab a spot in the whisky room (snug) and sink a few.

Paul Lewis

4 months ago

There are many pubs in the centre of London. This is one of the best. Fabulous history, stunning atmosphere, decor, furniture and service. The food and beer are superb too

Dan P3123

4 months ago

Great pub, a real gem. Stunningly fabulous interior, you can imagine all the famous hell raisers partying from the past. Staff really friendly and polite. Great selection of food and drink. Highly recommended

Linda Wilson

5 months ago

Such a shame, as it's a wonderful London pub let down big time by the disgusting toilets... The smell from the toilets reached by the end of the evening right through the pub! This isn't a one off, as visited before. I had hoped the toilets had improved but if anything it was worse. What must our visitors from abroad think!!!!!

Betsy & The City

5 months ago

Really charming pub especially this festive period, delightfully decorated. Lots of different sections but have to order at the main bar, friendly service and good vibe!

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Opening Times

Mon11:00 – 23:00
Tue11:00 – 23:00
Wed11:00 – 23:00
Thur11:00 – 23:30
Fri11:00 – 01:00
Sat11:00 – 01:00
Sun12:00 – 22:30
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Mon12:00 – 21:30
Tue12:00 – 21:30
Wed12:00 – 21:30
Thur12:00 – 21:30
Fri12:00 – 21:30
Sat12:00 – 21:30
Sun12:00 – 21:00
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