This Victorian fantasia just south of the British Museum is worth a visit even if you don’t drink. Its lost-in-time feeling begins with the proud signage, a traditional marquee of gold lettering on black. The 1891 interior has been miraculously maintained in mint condition: Morris & Son etched glass, mirrors, mahogany privacy screens, cast-iron bar, Corinthian columns, Simpson & Son mosaic tile floor—even the men’s room marble urinals are legally protected from alteration. There’s no music, no TVs, and all of the libations are by the resolutely old-fashioned Samuel Smith, which has been brewing since 1758 in Yorkshire and still draws its water from its original well.
The Princess Louise
208 High Holborn, WC1
Our Rating Neighborhood Covent Garden Transportation Tube: Holborn Phone 020/7405-8816 Prices Mon–Fri noon–11pm; Sat noon–11pm; Sun noon–6:45pm; food served Mon–Thurs noon–2:30pm and 6–8:30pm, Fri noon–2:30pm Cuisine Type British Web site The Princess Louise
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