The Bar: Warrington Hotel ~ Warrington Crescent by curry15 on Flickr.
The Bar: Warrington Hotel ~ Warrington Crescent
I think that this is most beautiful pub in London, but I’m not much of an expert on pubs.The bar and some of the design in this room are Art Nouveau. Not only is it gorgeous but the staff are lovely and very proud of the building. I’ll go for lunch in a week or two because they have asparagus risotto on the menu.
The Warrington was once an upmarket brothel, whilst under the ownership of the Church of England. This also lead to the introduction of the slang word ‘ Randy’, due to the nature of activity in the pub and its close proximity to neighbouring Randolph Crescent in Maida Vale.
Another piece of history comes from the early restoration in the 19th Century. As public houses were frowned upon in the early 19th century and to attract the affluent market surrounding the pub, it was restored with features using an old ship interior, including its fire place, bar and stair case, which all still stand today.
Grade II listed. Hotel. Mid C19 with later alterations. Good interior including bars with volutes and marble tops, panels of decorative leaded-light glass, elaborate cornices with scrollwork and shell motifs, Ionic marbled arcade, marbled fireplace and closed string staircase with turned balusters and newels with ball finials in C17 style and other original fittings. Porch flanked by pair of octagonal lamps with scrolled iron bases on terracotta pedestals. British Listed Buildings