Fullers Chiswick, Fullers London Pride, Fullers ESB, and seasonal ales,
This impressive corner pub faces its famous namesake, Holborn Viaduct. Queen Victoria opened it in 1869, the Viaduct not the pub, although they were both opened in the same year. Holborn Viaduct was the world's first flyover, connecting Holborn with Newgate Street, avoiding a deep dip in the road caused by the River Fleet.
Although this striking Victorian pub has a large curved frontage, the interior is surprisingly small. Many of the original features have survived. On one wall, three paintings of wistful maidens represent agriculture, banking and the arts. The 'arts' was attacked (some say shot, others bayoneted) by a drunken First World War soldier, and she still bears the scar.
There are some wonderful gilded and silvered mirrors and fine examples of decorated glass. At the back of the bar is a manager's stall, a sort of office booth, made from beautifully carved hardwood and intricately engraved glass panels. The ornate ceiling is made from beaten copper and is supported by cast iron pillars.
The Viaduct Tavern and the Old Bailey opposite, were built on the site of Newgate Prison, notorious for its appalling conditions and public hangings, which continued until 1868. The cellars of the Viaduct are former cells of the prison and tours of them can be arranged by appointment.
We visited the pub yesterday for lunch and the girl and young man serving were very friendly. Asked to see the cellars and were told that they couldnt be seen between 12 and 3, but we went back about 3.30 and the girl was more than happy to show us, it only took about five minutes but she told us a story about the cellars and how the prisoners were fed from people on the pavement above and was pleased to answer any questions we had. Wd definitely return
The Viaduct Tavernmoulin,
Visited the pub today to check out the wonderful old interior and have lunch. The food was good old fashioned pub fayre and the atmosphere was jolly. The landlady kindly showed us the cellars which were eerie. Do not understand the comments below as the bar staff were really friendly and polite.
The Viaduct Tavernsucgr_epsom,
Does anyone have any info about the licensee of the viaduct around 1917 William George Fairey?, he had a son Will and a daughter Dorothy
The Viaduct Tavernbuffalo,
This pub advertises itself as allowing people to see the Newgate prison cellars. My kids were doing a school project that had covered Newgate prison so we checked to see if they would allow kids in the cellars. During half-term we went to the pub and they said that we could see them with the kids after 3pm. We returned after 3pm only to be told that children weren't allowed due "to insurance restrictions". Not only were the bar staff unhelpful, inconsiderate they lied. They are obviously petty self-serving scum.
The Viaduct Taverndrinker123,
A friend of mine was adopted by a previous Landlord of this public house, and would like to find out any history, re: a possible family tree. The Landlord/Tenant was Mr. Mason in approx. 1885. Can anyone help. Thank you.
The Viaduct Tavernwomanrick,
This is a real Victorian London pub with good beer and an eye feast of original fixtures and fitting. You can see the damage to one of the arts. Please let the drunken WW1 soldier story be true! Very friendly and helpful foreign bar staff who went above and beyond the call of duty when the agreed to show us the cellar just before closing time. Well done girls!