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Rugby Tavern

19 Great James Street

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Opening Times

Monday11.00 am - 11.00 pm
Tuesday11.00 am - 11.00 pm
Wednesday11.00 am - 11.00 pm
Thursday11.00 am - 11.00 pm
Friday11.00 am - 11.00 pm
SaturdayMidday - 11.00 pm
SundayMidday - 10.30 pm

Meal Times

12 - 3, 5 - 10 Mon - Fri
12 - 10 Sat
No Service Sun

About the Pub

Formerly a Nicholson's, then a Fuller's house, this large island bar pub is popular with locals and office workers alike. It is so named because it was built around 1850 on land donated by the founder of Rugby School. It can get crowded in the early evening. There can be themed nights such as pub quizzes. As well as sandwiches, food is available from a Thai menu and the upstairs room can be booked for parties and functions. During a 2011 refurbishment a splendid mirror appeared over the fireplace. There is a large seating (and smoking) area available outside (not weekends), which, being in a car free zone, is extremely pleasant during the summer months. Tube - Russell Sq. or Holborn.

Historic Interest

Grade II listing:- Location Statutory Address: RUGBY PUBLIC HOUSE, 1, RUGBY STREET The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority. County: Greater London Authority District: Camden (London Borough) National Grid Reference: TQ 30709 82016 Summary Legacy Record - This information may be included in the List Entry Details. Reasons for Designation Legacy Record - This information may be included in the List Entry Details. History Legacy Record - This information may be included in the List Entry Details. Details CAMDEN TQ3082SE RUGBY STREET 798-1/96/1410 (South side) 14/05/74 No.1 Rugby Public House GV II 2 early C18 houses incorporated behind mid C19 front. Stucco upper floors with tiled pub frontage. 5 windows and 4-window return to Great James Street. C20 pub frontage with fluted pilasters. Each upper floor with pilasters, at the angles and join of the 2 houses, carrying sill strings. 2nd and 3rd floors with moulded bands at 2/3 window height. Architraved, recessed 2-pane sashes; 1st floor with bracketed cornices, 3rd floor with enriched heads. Bracketed cornice. INTERIOR: retains cornices and cast-iron columns with Corinthian capitals.

Regular cask ales

This pub serves 2 regular beers.

  • Shepherd Neame Spitfire
  • Shepherd Neame Whitstable Bay Pale Ale

Changing cask ales

This pub serves 1 changing beer.

Changing beers typically include:

  • Black Sheep Best Bitter
  • Hook Norton Old Hooky

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Rugby Tavern, London


  • RealAle Real Ale Available
  • CaskMarque Cask Marque Accredited


  • LunchtimeMeals Lunchtime Meals

    Thai food from The Little Green Thai Kitchen.

  • EveningMeals Evening Meals

    Thai food from The Little Green Thai Kitchen.

  • Garden Pub Garden

    Pavement seating but not at weekends.

  • FamilyFriendly Family Friendly

    Until 8pm.

  • FunctionRoom Function Room
  • LiveMusic Live Music
  • Smoking Smoking Area
  • SportsTV Sports TV

    Large screen.

  • WiFi Wifi

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Rugby Tavern

19 Great James Street

Sat Nav Reference

51.521899, -0.117351


  • <Station Close to Railway Station
  • <Underground Close to London Underground / Overground / DLR

Nearby Station (900m)


Nearby London Underground/Overground/DLR (500m)

Russell Square

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