The Princess Louise has been carefully restored to her original Victorian layout thanks to Yorkshire brewer, Samuel Smith. They have bucked the trend and gone for restoration instead of refurbishment, they have lavished a fortune on their flagship London pub; which has not been merely spruced up, but completely rejuvenated and she looks magnificent. The most notable change are the 'new' discreet cubicles, removed several decades ago, but now replaced, their polished hardwood frames show off brilliant, sparkling etched and cut glass panels.
Named in honour of Queen Victoria's fourth daughter, she was built in 1872 and refitted in 1891 by architect Arthur Chitty. He employed the finest craftsmen of the age; tiles by Simpson & Sons; glasswork by Morris & Son and joinery thought to be by Lascelles. Every inch of wall is covered in the finest cut and gilt mirrors, beautifully decorated tiles, richly ornate plasterwork and highest quality joinery. Even the toilets are a work of art. This huge pub is a testament to the skills of those Victorian craftsmen.
There are a mere handful of London pubs that can be called gems, the Red Lion, The Argyll Arms, the George Inn, for example, but the Princess Louise now shines brighter than ever. This treasurehouse is irreplaceable and it seems inconceivable that there were once plans to pull this exquisite pub down. It is Grade II* listed. The Princess Louise -
Fantastic pub - meet clients here or my son who is at Uni - clients love the place - such a delightful building and the booths are wonderful - always a local character installed in each. All love the beers - really good value and quality. And the barmaid is wonderful - gives and takes stick which is as it should be....definitely becoming a local for me...
The Princess LouiseMelsbikes,
Beautiful interior, cheap beer but the rudest landlady I have ever come across!!! Apparently 'Happy Birthday' is not an appropriate song to sing in a London Pub! NEVER will I set foot in the Princess Louise again, and neither should you!!!
The Princess Louisetve295,
Good old fashioned pub.. somewhat taken over by the passing stragglers.. never the less.. a decent meeting spot .. reasonable real ale .. certainly not the best.. used to be a nice Jazz gig up to the early 80s. Played there a few times.. always fun. Right mix of young & old decadence.. an atmosphere of dissent & fortitude.. beware of the dull dilagence.
The Princess LouiseEtruscan,
I had the misfortune to be there on a busy Friday evening. The staff were generally unhelpful and the manager totally disinterested. There are lots of far more welcoming places within easy walking distance.
The Princess Louiselinstead01,
Stumbled across the fabulous pub when visiting Covent Garden, the restoration is truly amazing totally beautiful, It is so refreshing to be a pub that does not sell the same old branded products, No bacardi smirnoff gordons coca cola fosters etc in sight. Lovely atmosphere it will go back soon.
The Princess LouiseBevbaggersbelief,
I love the pub's Victorian style, but the food is pretty dire. Ok, it's pub food, but it doesn't have to be so awful: grey, dry cod and chips; meat pies with minimal meat. Still, bar maid was chirpy. Come on Sam Smith, get your act together.
The Princess Louisebaltic,
I'm an Australian who does UK pub crawls every couple of years. The Princess Louise is always on my list & is an outstanding pub, the friendly atmosphere complementing the stunning decor. I doff my hat to Samuel Smiths for their work here & elsewhere, and of course for their pricing.
The Princess LouiseTramline,
Possibly the best pub interior anywhere. It was a real treat going in here. Sitting at the bar with mates in on of the partitioned booths was great novelty. Even the toilets a authentic Victorian. (aulthough a bit smelly. Friendly and efficient Australian bar staff made us welcome. The Sam Smith Bitter was really good aswell. It's just a shame that it's the only real ale on offer in a pub of this stature.
The Princess Louisecgefouting,
I love this pub as I do with most Sam Smith pubs. Great atmosphere and cheap beer. What more do you want when out for a drink. The little booths along the bar are very cool and cozy and everything about the place says traditional English pub.
The Princess LouisePBollard,
I currently reside overseas but lived in London for nearly 20 years. The Princess Louise is one of those lovely old fashioned pubs that I always try to meet my friends in when Iím back in town. The area is fascinating for walking around and close to the west end and Covent Garden. The interior is stunning and Samuel Smiths make great ales and beers. Authentic old Victorian pubs are FAST disappearing; if you appreciate good old fashioned pubs then get down there. Martin, Taiwan.