|The Blackfriar, 174 Queen Victoria St. EC4V 4EG|
|Telephone : 020 7239 5474|
Reviewed : December 2012
|Chain : Nicholson's|
|Facilities : Outside area|
An exception pub at the junction of New Bridge Street and Queen Victoria Street, close to Fleet St. Just looking at the outside you know what
you're going to get on the inside and there are no disappointments
The pub was built around 1875, the ground floor interior remodeled by the architect H. Fuller Clark
and Henry Poole around 1904. The Saloon Bar (the sign about the entrance has this engraved) leads you the finest example of turn-of-the-century Art Nouveau design in the City of London. You will find multi-coloured marble, mosaics, bronze reliefs of jolly-looking monks, and decorative touches such as the elaborate fire-basket with goblin ends.
As with all City pubs, especially the Blackfriar it will be packed with City workers lunchtime and then evenings from 5pm onwards. A visit early in the week or around 3pm in the afternoon would give you a good chance to explore and enjoy the interior.