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Shakespeare's Head

Africa House, 64-68 Kingsway

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Opening Times

Monday7.00 am - Midnight
Tuesday7.00 am - Midnight
Wednesday7.00 am - Midnight
Thursday7.00 am - Midnight
Friday7.00 am - 1.00 am
Saturday8.00 am - 1.00 am
Sunday8.00 am - Midnight

Meal Times

7am - 11 Mon - Fri
8am - 11 Sat & Sun

About the Pub

The pub takes its name from a famous pub that was located nearby until the entire street (Wych Street) was demolished over 100 years ago, shortly before Africa House, was built. Converted from a bank/building society in 1998. Now a cavernous Wetherspoon pub whose convenient location means that it is nearly always busy, even weekends when the absence of the work crowd is made up for by shoppers, out of towners and people starting their Saturday nights (on Sunday many other local establishments are closed, which helps boost its custom). The nearby location of the London School of Economics means that students swell the pub's population during term time. Even though this is a very busy pub, service is normally quick from an efficient staff team.

Historic Interest

Grade II listing (Africa House):- 1921-2. By Trehearne and Norman. Portland stone faced steel frame. 6 storeys and 2 storey set back attic. 9 windows. Double height fluted Doric screen, with inset shops and bank, flanks a round-arched triumphal arch style entrance inscribed "Africa House" and surmounted by lions couchant. Upper storeys set back with central distyle-in-antis screen rising from 3rd to 5th floor; metal-framed windows, 5th floor with Greek scroll aprons and enrichment to heads of bays suggesting pilasters. Entablature with deep mutule cornice surmounted by a pediment of carved figures and animals. Plain attic storeys with cornice and blocking course having a central antefixa. Return to Twyford Place continues the design with a long screen.

Regular cask ales

This pub serves 5 regular beers.

  • Fuller's London Pride
  • Greene King Abbot
  • Greene King IPA
  • Sharp's Doom Bar
  • Windsor & Eton Shakespeare's Head

Changing cask ales

This pub serves 5 changing beers.

Up to 6 rotating to give a spread across beer types, usually with a couple of London beers.

Source: National

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Shakespeare's Head, London


  • RealAle Real Ale Available
  • Cider Real Cider Available
  • CamraVoucherScheme CAMRA Voucher Scheme
  • CaskMarque Cask Marque Accredited
  • Quiet Quiet Pub


  • DisabledAccess Disabled Access

    Entrance on the right-hand side of the pub.

  • LunchtimeMeals Lunchtime Meals

    Breakfast served from opening, and then the main menu.

  • EveningMeals Evening Meals
  • Garden Pub Garden

    Seating on road at front of pub.

  • FamilyFriendly Family Friendly
  • Smoking Smoking Area

    4 Tables outside entrance.

  • WiFi Wifi

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Shakespeare's Head

Africa House, 64-68 Kingsway

Sat Nav Reference

51.516846, -0.1197


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

Nearby Bus Routes (5m)

1, 59, 6, 91, 168, 171, 188, 243, 521

Closest Station (1050m)

London Charing Cross

Nearby London Underground/Overground/DLR (100m)


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