The Salisbury in Covent Garden is a gorgeous traditional pub in the heart of Theatre land. A celebrity in its own right, the pub has featured in a number of films and has played host to actors from stage and screen.
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.