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Review of The Viaduct Tavern

The Viaduct Tavern
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Haunted London Walking Tour: Ghosts and Criminal History
Ranked #122 of 1,290 Nightlife in London
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Owner description: Friendly and welcoming atmosphere at The Viaduct Tavern with free wifi. We're right in the heart of London, near St Paul's, surrounded by some its most historic landmarks. We are a traditional Gin Palace with an ever increasing variety of Gins.
Reviewed 12 February 2014

This is a listed building and had a very rare cashiers office at the back of the bar, when we visited it was difficult to see and I assume the etched glass had been removed. The Pre-Raphalite paintings are so faded they are almost invisible. Come on Fullers you are the guardians of this place, how about doing some conservation, The cellars or cells in the basement could make it a real attraction and selling point. We visited in the evening, no food was on offer and the bar really needed wiping down. It could be a special plae with a bit of effor

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Reviewed 26 August 2013

We were killing time waiting for The Old Bailey Criminal Court to start and decided to have lunch here. It was a neat little pub with friendly barkeeps and wait staff. The food was quite good but from my table I could see the young lady who made the salads using her bare hands to put the salads together. That was a little concerning to me.. However, I would go back again. Loved the ceiling, which looked to be stamped tin. Very busy place and extremely loud.

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Reviewed 19 June 2013 via mobile

I took a friend visiting London here for a drink and asked to see the cellar, which were part of the old Newgate Prison. The staff were very friendly.

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Reviewed 8 June 2013

This is one of my regular pubs, and it is a good one. Always good beer and ale - the landlord takes care of his pipes. The ales change every so often if you want to try something different. Lunch is basically either roast pork, roast beef, or sausage in a sandwich. The meat is cooked off premises (the pub has no kitchen) - this is not a criticism as it is always good meat cooked well.

The vast majority of drinkers are regulars from the surrounding offices, mixed in with a few tourists, and occasionally some chavs who have come to see a friend/relative sentenced at the Old Baily across the road.

Worth a visit if you are in the area (and there are many great pubs in the area if that is your thing), but probably not worth a trip on its own as London has so many great boozers.

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Reviewed 8 April 2013

On getting off the train at St Pancras International there was only one place i was heading for on my way to a weekend in the capital and that was the Viaduct Tavern, Known for its ghostly going ons due to its past history and the fact that it use to be holding cells for prisoners awaiting trial at the old Newgate jail across the road. What brought this haunted watering hole to my attention was the publicity it has recieved on TV,s. Most Haunted. On approaching the building our hearts sank a little as the frontage of the pub is covered in scaffold and sheeting which takes away alot of its attraction that you see from photographs. However once inside you seem to forget whats gone on before you entered. The inside is on one level with a single horse shaped bar stocked with some fine ales. The interior is amazing with all the original decorative covings and pictures alike dating from when it was first built. The beer is good as well and whilst we were drinking a couple of excellent London Prides and chatting in general the inevitable subject was brought up, yes youve guessed it Ghosts and past going ons. Althought the landlady was not on duty one of her barstaff explained that approx six weeks ago he was working alone when for some unknown reason a bottler of gin decide to hurl itself at him, narrowly missing its target and landing on the floor and breaking. We also talked about the holding cells and when kindly asking if we could visit them he gladly agreed. These are located in the cellar and to be honest the steps leading down are quite narrow and steep therefore if you get the opportunity to visit please be aware of this fact. Once down there you can let your imagination run wild. Think about the twenty or so prisoners cramped in an area approx 20 x 8 feet with little or no food or drink no food apart from that which is thrown down a small hole in the cellar roof. Moreover It was quite cold in the cells and had an odour of dampness which added to the visit. The photographs of the cells we took replicate those which are seen in pictures but without the real experience of being there. If you get the opportunity please go and visit if nothing else it is a good story to tell whilst knocking back a few beers.

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