Princess of Wales, Strand
Don't go looking for anything original here (after all, this is a street with two Starbucks on it) as this is an unspectacular Nicholson's pub. The main bar always feels on the small side, whether that's due to the giant screen at the back of the pub dwarfing things or the pub's magnetic pull on commuters and tourists heading to and from Embankment tube. Upstairs, there's a slightly less frenetic air, with a dining area with traditional pub grub served. This one does a job but it's like many pubs in Central London in that it doesn't have to do much to pull in the crowds - you suspect that even if standards at this one decreased it would still be packed solid.
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14 Oct 2010
Came up to London to do an interview. Very nervous. Choose The Princess of Wales for lunch. Wonderful atmosphere; friendly staff (My thanks to the lady in the upstairs restaurant who kindly offered to pass around the poster of my novel The Primrose Path); and lovely meal. All in all, a very pleasant eating out experience.
08 Aug 2010
Comments so far seem a bit harsh. This place has a really good range of beer (like most Nicholsons pubs) which seem to be kept well. It's not the most exciting pub in London, but it is the best pub I've found near Charing Cross.
25 Sep 2008
2 pints vastly over rates this toilet. Sat in there last night for one pint waiting for someone. It really does smell of wee in there and this was only punctuated by the smoke billowing in the door from the displaced smokers. Revolting. Avoid.
27 Villiers Street, Strand, London, WC2N 6ND
020 7321 2821
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How to find the Princess of Wales pub
From Charing Cross, turn right and walk down towards the river. The pub is on the left. From Embankment tube, head up Villiers Street and it's just on the right.