Wednesday, 14 August 2013

London’s Hidden Gems #1 – The Queen’s Larder

I’m asked fairly frequently about my favourite pubs/bars/places to eat in good old London town. I mentioned a few of them in my 25 Things To Do In London post, but there are so many more that I couldn’t fit in, so I thought I’d do a little series introducing you all to some of my favourite places. As I’m currently living in Russell Square I thought I’d start with The Queen’s Larder.

Tucked away on a side street just off the square, The Queen’s Larder is one of the prettiest little London pubs I’ve ever had the pleasure to visit. On Saturday night I got ready – you don’t need to dress up at all – and my boyfriend and I went off for a cosy date.  

I’m actually slightly loathe to tell people about it, because despite being in the heart of the city it’s rarely packed, and that’s part of what makes it so pleasant. You can always get a seat. Inside, you’ll sit at traditional red bar stools around little polished wooden tables, surrounded by roses and sparkling candles.

Clowns sit along the top of the bar and smile down at you (not creepily!) The wall decorations kind of bring to mind Michelangelo – all angelic, ethereal and often unusual prettiness, like this unexpected face behind me!

Outside, ramshackle picnic benches almost merge into the pretty Italian restaurant behind. Tourists from the nearby British museum mingle amongst city slickers in their suits; in the daytime little children and dogs play happily around the square. There’s such a variety of people that you could sit for hours just watching them, listening to the low murmur of conversation and enjoying a quiet drink. It just pays attention to detail, right down to the little poems on the back of the toilet doors!

The bar is well stocked and although not particularly cheap, the wine is good quality (an average round of two drinks will cost over £10). All in all, it’s a great place for a date, or for a quiet catch up with friends or family – somewhere to go if you want to sit and chat and not be distracted. I like it, anyway!

I’m off to Cornwall for a few days so will be going quiet, but can’t wait to update you all on it when I get back! 


  1. Hi Cate you look good. Nice place to have a cocktail drink or two.

  2. Oooh! Thanks for sharing, I love finding little gems like this! xo

  3. This looks like the place to be! x

  4. Looks like a great place! I'm looking forward to the next "London's hidden gems" post :)


  5. This looks like the perfect place to go after a long day at work! thanks for stopping by my blog, wanna follow each other?

  6. I so want to visit London one day! x

  7. must be a fun place. nice look

    check out my blog?/follow each other?


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