Weekend Agenda

Weekend Agenda | London's Best Pub Interiors

By Rosie Furlong

pub bar with glass shelves and ties hanging down from the ceiling

With the Six Nation’s final coming to a head this weekend, Team PENSON will, of course, be getting well into the spirit – heading to our local, soaking up the atmosphere… ready to celebrate hard or drown our sorrows… Which brings us to our weekend inspiration…pubs. Be it sleek, modern interiors or quirky industrial settings, London’s pub scene is renowned for its vast selection of unique design. With no two pubs the same, everything from location, to history, to famous patrons can inspire the décor – here at PENSON we take inspiration from everything and anything – so we’re all over a super quirky interior! Without further ado, we’ve compiled our favourite pub interiors…

The Mossy Well: First up is the Mossy Well in Muswell Hill. Once a tea room/milk depot, the interior design reflects it’s curious heritage; sheet metal ceilings and plenty of skylights are a world away from the usual darkened rooms that so often are found in pubs.

No. 1 Duke Street: No.1 Duke Street in Richmond is ‘technically’ rather more a bar/restaurant than pub… but, we had to sneak it in, purely to appreciate the amazing high ceilings, cool green tones, and detailed pendant lights.

mossy well pub industrial lighting and bar with large sky lights
iconThe Mossy Well
breakfast bar with stools surrounding it all in tonal greys and green
iconNo. 1 Duke Street

The Sail Loft: Nautical themed design is always a hard one to pull off – too much and the space can become overcluttered and overwhelming, but too little and the connection between each piece can get lost. The Sail Loft in Greenwich is one such pub that pulls off its nautical theme with style and elegance. Wooden ceilings, basket pendant lights, exposed metal pipes… and just a few sailboat models come together to create a stunning riverside setting.

wooden ceiling and bar with large basket woven pendant lighting
iconThe Sail Loft

Sun & 13 Cantons: Nestled into SoHo’s busy streets, the Sun & 13 Cantons was once the hub of the Soho-based Film & Television industry in the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s, with directors such as Alan Parker and Ridley Scott signing picture deals over a pint. The diner-style leather booths and polished green wall tiles are reminiscent of the pub’s star-studded history, while the use of multiple mirrors create the illusion of never-ending space.

Dog & Duck: What do John Constable, George Orwell & Madonna have in common? They’ve all been served at The Dog & Duck in SoHo. Originally built in 1734, the current interiors have remained unchanged since 1897. Entering feels like taking a step back in time and the ornate tiles are a huge winner with the PENSON clan.

blue leather booth seating, mirrored wall and green ceramic tiles
iconSun & 13 Cantons
mirrored wall with vintage writing, and ceramic tiled wall
iconDog & Duck

Farr’s School of Dancing: Farr’s School of Dancing in Dalston makes the list for one very important reason – its seating. An ensemble of church pews, old cinema seating, vintage bar stools, velvet banquettes, and retro hair salon chairs fill the old 1930’s dance school, providing seating-inspo-galore!

couple sitting on eclectic seats, one is an old hairdressing chair, in front of a red wall
iconFarr’s School of Dancing

The Churchill Arms: The Churchill Arms is infamous for its extraordinary flower covered exterior, and while we could dedicate a whole blog post just to its outside, today it’s what’s on the inside that counts! Bursting to the seams, The Churchill Arms is definitely NOT an advocate for less is more! The jumbled collection of lights, greenery, baskets, pots, flags, lanterns and more that hangs from the ceiling creates the ultimate Aladdin’s cave effect. We particularly love the signpost directing visitors to all the essentials – ladies, gents, and underground!

Powder Keg Diplomacy: The Powder Keg Diplomacy in Clapham is a tribute to the Victorian botanical era. Think floral wallpaper, ornamental fireplaces, cut glass decorations, all culminating in their stunning greenhouse area to create a quintessentially ‘British’ setting.

Sign post showing the way to the underground and toilets inside a busy pub
iconThe Churchill Arms
greenery and vintage gramophone on the walls of the powderkeg diplomacy
iconPowder Keg Diplomacy

While this list could go on and on (there was no shortage of suggestions!), we’ll leave it there, and come Saturday’s matches, you’ll be sure to find Team PENSON scattered around some of the above!