Old Shades, Whitehall

Our rating: FAP Rating 3 - Click for an explanation of our ratings      User rating: Community Rating 5 - Click for an explanation of our ratings   (3 reviews)
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FAP Rating 3 - Click for an explanation of our ratings
The Old Shades is in middle one of a trio of Whitehall pubs (practically in a row) but you'll find this one is a better bet than the other two - it actually shows a bit of character. With leather bench seating, leaded windows and original wood panelling, there is a comfortable feel to the place. Perhaps because the facade is overshadowed by that that of its brasher neighbours, it is often less hectic and consequently a little easier to get a seat. The staff are also more attentive, the beer is well kept - with regular guest beers and the food good. Thanks to its location, you will always find it to be rather touristy (we've spotted a few less-worldly travellers - perhaps new arrivals - expecting table service) and it is often very quiet on Saturday evenings, despite being a mere stone's throw from Trafalgar Square. Nevertheless, if you're in the area, the Old Shades is one of the better Whitehall pubs.
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11 Mar 2012
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A truely stunning pub. Very tradition with a wide range of ales - Gunhill, Jubilation, Young's Special, Indian Pale, Adnams etc.... Food was excellent, as was the service. A must visit when in London.
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19 Oct 2009
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Popped in here before attending Othello at Trafalgar Studios. Lovely decor, comfy seating, no waiting, London beer prices(!) and great food. OH's Fish Platter was huge and tasty; my risotto was superb. A great way to wile away an hour or two while waiting for curtain up. Will be back again for sure.

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37 Whitehall, Whitehall, London, SW1A 2BX
020 7321 2801
Opening times
Mon-Sat 10:00am – 11:00pm
Sun 10:00am – 10:30pm
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