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Black Friar

#47 of 1,268 Nightlife in London
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City of London
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Address: 174 Queen Victoria Street, London EC4V 4EG, England
Phone Number:
+44 20 7236 5474
12:00 - 22:30
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Sun 12:00 - 22:30
Mon - Sat 10:00 - 23:00

You will find The Blackfriar in Blackfriars London within a short stroll of...

You will find The Blackfriar in Blackfriars London within a short stroll of Blackfriars Bridge, Upper Thames Street and Fleet Street - however you won't find another like it.Step in to discover a traditional pub of unique character, revered for its eclectic range of real ales and its quality pub food, which are served, as they should be, with a generous measure of famous British hospitality.The Blackfriar is one of many rare gems in the Nicholson's collection of great British pubs, reputed for their distinctive buildings, intriguing history and vibrant atmosphere.

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My favourite London pub...

The Black Friar's interior is a must-see when in London. Go in the middle of the day to avoid the huge throngs of workers that come in for an after-work pint. The staff are... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
Shawn D
Stockholm, Sweden
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London, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a pub with a great atmosphere, sadly not matched by the food quality. An average ham hock terrine was followed by an overcooked Barnsley lamb chop and, at £17.95 was about a half portion, with a small mushroom and a quarter tomato as accompaniment. Mean, poor cooking.

Thank Jenny N
Stockholm, Sweden
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14 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Black Friar's interior is a must-see when in London. Go in the middle of the day to avoid the huge throngs of workers that come in for an after-work pint. The staff are perfectly ok with you snapping photos of the interior and they are both friendly and professional. The back room is for diners and the table space... More 

Thank Shawn D
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2017 via mobile

We found that place on Tripadvisor and absolutely love the architecture of the house. It was so crowdy on the Saturday afternoon, so we decided to sit to the table which was in dining part. It wasn't so complicated because our friends wanted to eat. The waiter wasn't so pleasant and smiley. He seems like really bored and pissed that... More 

Thank SandraPetrasova
Sarasota, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2017

Fantastic, historic building. Very good selection of beer (and a full bar). Can get busy, but service is friendly and helpful. Is no "gastro" pub but food is better than most. Definitely worth visiting for a pint, and wouldn't hesitate to stay for a bite. Highly recommended.

Thank MattN69
Oxford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

Stopped of at this pub on a recent trip to London. Very positively surprised! Doesn't look much from the outside, but inside the atmosphere was great, staff were friendly, and the food was pretty good. It also has a good selection of beers (my London pride was very well kept). Overall a positive experience, would recommend

Thank Jim H
Old Colwyn, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

Yes it has atmosphere, and a good selection of beers, the food lets it down. I know I don't live in London and prices are higher than elsewhere, but can't really say that I felt the food was value for money. Portion control was a bit small and meals were not that hot. There doesn't seem to be enough tables... More 

Thank Neil M
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016 via mobile

Just outside the north bank entrance to Blackfriars station. The appearance from the station is a tiny little pub reminiscent of a flat iron building built on a corner but when you venture inside it's like a tardis and with loads of history. Carvings on the inside walls denote the "Blackfriars", very ornate and well preserved, hiding a small restaurant... More 

Thank Tony H
Duluth, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

The Black Friar is recognized as a historic pub in London, and their little brochure discusses that history along with the ghost that allegedly inhabits the pub. He didn't mess with my drink, so I can't say he exists. Staff was friendly.

Thank JWK1969
Oxford, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016

I took a guided historical drinking tour hear and really enjoyed the lively atmosphere, although it is, for obvious reasons, quite a corporate crowd during the week. All good if you like that. Unfortunately the lady in the restaurant was pretty rude towards us telling us we could not sit at a certain table. I do understand though, it's no... More 

Thank robdbinns
Ramsbotton, Bury, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016 via mobile

8 of us were spending the weekend in London and needed a beer and some wholesome pub food, before a late night out, and the Black Friar did not disappoint. The pub was busy but the staff quickly found us a table for 8 in the restaurant and service was very efficient. Food was great and we all left very... More 

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