Devonshire Arms

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Hobgoblin, formerly The Devonshire Arms (March 2008).
Devonshire Arms pub sign in July 2006, featuring the Latin inscription "Cavendo tutus" "I'll be safe being careful").
Hobgoblin in June 2011.

The Devonshire Arms is a moderately common name for an English pub. At the time of writing[when?], CAMRA's website lists 27 pubs called the Devonshire Arms. This article refers to one of them.

The Devonshire arms, commonly known as The Dev or its previous name The hobgoblin, is a public house in London, UK, said to be "London's most famous alternative venue "[1] It was the first goth pub in Camden. It serves a clientele drawn from a variety of alternative subcultures including Industrial, Metal, Punk and Cyber, although its décor is gothic and this is the subculture with which it is widely identified.

Located in Camden Town, a area of North London famous for alternative shops and markets, the pub attracts a mix of London regulars plus visitors from elsewhere in the UK and overseas. The Devonshire Arms is widely known in alternative circles outside the UK because of the London scene's notably cosmopolitan composition.


Amongst locals and regulars (and also within certain alternative subcultures), The Hobgoblin is often referred to as "The Dev", from the name "Devonshire Arms",[1] changed when the pub changed hands in early 2008.[1]

The "Devonshire Arms" sign with coat of arms still hangs from one of the upper storeys.


The Devonshire Arms is the longest-surviving Goth pub in London and has remained a focal point for the city's alternative scene for many years. During the 1980s, Spider Stacy and Shane MacGowan of The Pogues frequented the pub.[2]

It is close to several live music and club venues - notably Slimelight in the nearby area of Islington. Slimelight claims to be the longest-running goth nightclub in the world and its unusually permissive opening hours (it runs until 7:30am) make the Devonshire Arms a popular choice for pre-club drinks.[citation needed]

Hobgoblin in December 2008.


The pub is situated at 33 Kentish Town Road on the corner of Hawley Crescent, about two minutes' walk from Camden Town London Underground station on the Northern line. It is adjacent to the headquarters of MTV Europe.

It occupies a three-storey mock Tudor building with black beams and white plaster rendering. The public bar is on the ground floor.

In popular culture[edit]

Shots of the interior of The Devonshire Arms, including some of its artwork, featured in "Goths",[3] an episode from a 2003 BBC anthology series, Spine Chillers.


The Devonshire Arms was part of the estate of Pubs N Bars PLC (AIM: PNB),[4] until that company went into administration in 2009.[5]


  1. ^ a b c Polly Vernon (24 May 2008). "London's most famous alternative venue does a roaring trade in Snakebite and Black, and mysterious - and very potent - shots". Cocktail girl. The Observer. Retrieved 2011-11-05. London's most famous alternative venue does a roaring trade in Snakebite and Black, and mysterious - and very potent - shots 
  2. ^ Carol Clerk. Kiss My Arse: The Story of the Pogues. p. 144. ISBN 0-85712-019-0. Retrieved 2011-11-05. 
  3. ^ "Goths (#1.5)". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2011-11-05. 
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  5. ^ Naomi Loomes (10 December 2009). "Hobgoblin pub closes its doors and brings in temporary landlord". The Argus. Retrieved 2011-11-05. 

Coordinates: 51°32′28″N 0°08′33″W / 51.5410°N 0.1424°W / 51.5410; -0.1424