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55 Great Portland Street

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This pub is currently closed. Hoped to reopen as a gastropub in 2020 having been closed since 2016 for upstairs redevelopment.

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About the Pub

CLOSED in July 2016. Planning consent was given in 2016 for a redevelopment by the Crown Estate. In July 2019 it was reported that the Sethi family, behind JKS Restaurants and London venues such as Gymkhana and Brigadiers, was set to take over this site for a gastro-pub concept. Previous description follows.

Established on this site in 1677 the George is a Grade II listed building, rebuilt at a cost of £4,467 by Bird & Walters in 1878. It was a large corner pub that has kept its excellent Victorian wood panelling, gilded mirrors, and ceramic panels and tiling. It was yet another pub frequented by the impoverished wartime Fitrovian set of writers, scratching around for work at the nearby BBC. The pub was nicknamed the Gluepot by Sir Thomas Beecham because he claimed his musicians kept getting stuck there! Until the summer of 2016 the clientele was mainly local office workers and, still, BBC staff, and visitors to London.

Regular cask ales

This pub serves 2 regular beers.

  • Greene King --other--
  • Greene King IPA

Changing cask ales

This pub serves 3 changing beers.

Mainly from smaller UK independent breweries.

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George, London


  • RealAle Real Ale Available
  • RealHeritagePub Heritage Pub

    Regionally Important Historic Interior


  • LunchtimeMeals Lunchtime Meals
  • EveningMeals Evening Meals
  • Garden Pub Garden
  • FamilyFriendly Family Friendly
  • FunctionRoom Function Room
  • WiFi Wifi

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55 Great Portland Street

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51.517716, -0.141753


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TfL: 353

Closest Station (1300m)


Nearby London Underground/Overground/DLR (300m)

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