Fitzroy Tavern

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Fitzroy Tavern
Fitzroy Tavern - Fitzrovia - W1.jpg
Fitzroy Tavern in 2009
Fitzroy Tavern is located in London Borough of Camden
Fitzroy Tavern
Fitzroy Tavern
Fitzroy Tavern is located in Greater London
Fitzroy Tavern
Fitzroy Tavern
General information
TypePublic house
Address16 Charlotte Street
Town or cityLondon
CountryEngland
Coordinates51°31′07″N 0°08′05″W / 51.5186°N 0.1347°W / 51.5186; -0.1347Coordinates: 51°31′07″N 0°08′05″W / 51.5186°N 0.1347°W / 51.5186; -0.1347

The Fitzroy Tavern is a public house situated at Charlotte Street in the Fitzrovia district of central London, England,[1] owned by the Samuel Smith Brewery.

It became famous during a period spanning the 1920s to the mid-1950s as a meeting place for many of London's artists, intellectuals and bohemians such as Jacob Epstein, Nina Hamnett, Dylan Thomas, Augustus John, and George Orwell.

It is named either directly or indirectly after the Fitzroy family, Dukes of Grafton, who owned much of the land on which Fitzrovia was built.

The building was originally constructed as the Fitzroy Coffee House, in 1883, and converted to a pub (called "The Hundred Marks") in 1887, by W. M. Brutton. In the early years of the 20th century, Judah Morris Kleinfeld became licensee. He rebranded it the "Fitzroy Tavern" in March 1919. The licence then passed to his daughter and her husband Charles Allchild who ran it into the 1950s.

His granddaughter Sally Fiber who worked behind the bar from a very young age eventually wrote a history of the pub,[2] "The Fitzroy: The Autobiography of a London Tavern" with the help of Clive Powell-Williams. There are photographs on the walls of both Michael Bentine and Dylan Thomas drinking in the pub.

Wartime notice on the wall of the Fitzroy Tavern

Since 2000 it has been the home of the Pear Shaped Comedy Club which runs every Wednesday in the downstairs bar.[3]

In 2018, the pub was given a pub design award by CAMRA for its 2015 refurbishment, in which its original Victorian appearance was retained and revived.[4] Polished mahogany partitions with acid-etched glass were installed downstairs to recreate the original snugs, while wrought-iron pub signs in keeping with the originals were erected outside.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Fitzroy Tavern pub details
  2. ^ "The Fitzroy: An autobiography of a London Tavern".
  3. ^ "Pearshaped Comedy Club home page". Retrieved 21 January 2001.
  4. ^ Rebecca Smithers. "London pub's Victorian makeover wins Camra design award | Life and style". The Guardian. Retrieved 27 March 2018.