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Edgar Wallace

40 Essex Street

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Opening Times

Monday11.30 am - 11.00 pm
Tuesday11.30 am - 11.00 pm
Wednesday11.30 am - 11.00 pm
Thursday11.30 am - 11.00 pm
Friday11.30 am - 11.00 pm

Meal Times

12 - 9 Mon - Thu
11 - 3 Fri
No Service Sat & Sun

About the Pub

Just off Fleet Street near the Royal Courts of Justice, near all the barristers' chambers in the Temple and the Aldwych, this is a real gem of a one room pub, with an additional drinking and eating room upstairs. The ceiling is packed with the landlord's collection of beer mats, and the walls and back bar - and more! - can only be described as a mecca of advertising signs for beers, sherry, port, cigarettes, tobacco and cigars of the past.

The landlord's collection of Edgar Wallace crime novels, pub guides, etc., will make you want to linger. And with between six and eight ales generally available, all but one being rotating guests sourced from breweries, including micros, from all over the country, you're spoiled for choice. The landlord John (he gets by on around four hours of sleep a night - he's used to it after 46 years in the trade and 8 at the Edgar Wallace; it's a way of life) is invariably on hand at his table by the main door, and will happily help you make your choice of beer. Good value food is served all day (but just until 3pm on Fridays).

This pub does not open at all at weekends. It's a "quiet" pub with no music; laptops, mobiles and so on are not allowed. With its great range of interesting real ales, it operates a try-before-you-buy policy but, to compensate for this, note that half pints may be charged at a premium rate.

Historic Interest

There has been a pub here since at least 1777. Past customers of the Essex Head Tavern (known as Sam's for the publican Samuel Greaves, an old servant of Mr. Thrale - of H. Thrale & Co., brewers at the Anchor Brewery Southwark) included Dr. Samuel Johnson and Richard Brocklesbury who are said to have founded the Essex Head Club here in 1783. Rebuilt in 1891 as the Essex Head, it took its present name in 1975 to celebrate the centenary of the famous crime writer's birth.

Regular cask ales

This pub serves 1 regular beer.

  • Crouch Vale Brewers Gold

Changing cask ales

This pub serves 7 changing beers.

Changing beers typically include:

  • Dark Star Hophead
  • East London Pale Ale
  • Timothy Taylor Landlord

Usually five, sometimes seven changing ales.

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Edgar Wallace, London


  • RealAle Real Ale Available
  • Quiet Quiet Pub


  • LunchtimeMeals Lunchtime Meals
  • EveningMeals Evening Meals

    Not on Fridays.

  • DogFriendly Dog Friendly
  • FamilyFriendly Family Friendly

    Only if eating.

  • FunctionRoom Function Room
  • Smoking Smoking Area

    At front of the pub.

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Edgar Wallace

40 Essex Street

Sat Nav Reference

51.512687, -0.112778


  • <Bus Close to Bus Routes
  • <Underground Close to London Underground / Overground / DLR

Nearby Bus Routes (75m)

TfL: 11, 15, 4, 23, 26, 76, 172, 341

Nearby London Underground/Overground/DLR (200m)


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