Princess Louise | Holborn, Greater London
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Princess Louise
Exceptional based on 29 ratings
Type: Bar (see listing)

208 High Holborn
Holborn, Greater London England WC1V 7EP [ print map ]
020 7405 8816 | facebook

Hours: Mon-Fri 1100-2300; Sat 1200-2300; Sun 1200-1845

Mayor: AndySnow (6) | Taps: 8 | Bottles: 7

Princess Louise

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Beer Available At Princess Louise (arranged by most recent)
Samuel Smiths India Ale 85, Samuel Smiths Wheat Beer 49, Samuel Smiths Extra Stout 87, Samuel Smiths Alpine Lager (4.5%) 16, Samuel Smiths Double Four Lager 37, Samuel Smiths Organic Lager 39, Samuel Smiths Old Brewery Bitter (Cask) 48, Samuel Smiths Alpine Lager (2.8%) 18, Samuel Smiths Taddy Lager 20, Samuel Smiths Organic Chocolate Stout 97, Samuel Smiths Light Mild 37, Samuel Smiths Winter Welcome Ale 71, Samuel Smiths Organic Cider 41
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29 reviews for Princess Louise
 Ambiance  86%
 Service  68%
 Selection  51%
 Food  90%
 Value  74%
 Overall  68%
 Rating  70%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 10/10   OVERALL 17/20
Bryne  (382) Bryne, Norway | November 21, 2012
If you like Victorian pub architecture & interiors, Princess Louise is pure pub-porn. The Whole pub is a monument to the 19th-century high-Victorian craftsmanship. Even the gents’ toilets is a Victorian pleasure. For further reading I recommend the book "London’s best pubs" by Peter Haydon. And the beers? Lovely! Samuel Smith Extra Stout was awesome. (Visited November 16th 2012)
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 19/20
Bjarte1  (106) , Norway | November 18, 2012
This Samuel Smith pub is one of the most beautiful pubs in London. Their beers were all excellent. Located not far from Covent Garden. I love it. Good prices. All in all I must say that i do not understand the earlier raters. Yes, this pub has limited beers, but it’s a pub owned by the brewery.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 7/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 5/10   OVERALL 13/20
Leighton  (624) London, England | September 4, 2012| Updated July 22, 2014
A pleasant Sam Smiths pub. The interior is quite ornate and "classic". The beer range, as with many - nay, all - Sam Smiths pubs leaves much to be desired, but that’s just the way it goes. The interior is attractive, though, and the draft beers aren’t too expensive; the bottles, on the other hand, can be downright extortionate. The upstairs seating room is particularly inviting. There are much better options in the neighborhood.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 6/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 13/20
chriso  (384) London, England | August 30, 2012
A Sam Smiths house. Unlike many of the Sam Smiths pubs around London, it does serve their one remaining cask ale. Last time I visted, it also had the Imperial Stout in bottles, which is not always a given for Sam Smiths pubs. And, unlike some, it does have a genuine (if somewhat restored) interior. Mosaic floors, tiling, ornate mirrors, carved, moulded celing & panelled wood make for a truly impressive experience. The gents toilets are worth a look too. Overseas vistors may well want get their Sam Smiths fix and this place vies with the Citie of York just down the road as the best place to do so. Even for locals, it’s worth a look for the architecture alone but you’re not going to be rushing back here for the a dynamic beer experience. As with all Sam Smiths pubs, the beers are very well priced (for London).
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 7/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 13/20
jackl  (416) Charlottesville, Virginia | April 22, 2012
If you’re going to visit only one Sam Smiths pub, this should probably be it. The Princess Louise is a beautifully restored pre-Victorian bar located only a stone’s throw from Holborn station. The Bar is a wonderful representation of the pubs of the pre-long bar days of the 18th and early 19th century. As such, the bar is divided into sections around a central bar, allowing you a seemingly private drinking experience from other groups. The pub has been restored beautifully, there’s wonderful ceramic tile walls, stained glass, and a well appointed wooden bar. The beer is Sam Smiths, so take from that what you will. The beer isn’t the draw of this pub. With that being said, the condition is usually fine, and I’ve had a good number of cheap nights out here.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 10/10   OVERALL 16/20
PaulW  (15) Southampton, England | December 30, 2011
This is a gem of a boozer, from a Victoriana and architecture point of view. The place is just beautiful, and I would defitely go back in here for a pint and avail myself of one of the booths to sit in. Sam Smith, so no real selection, although you can get their full range of handpulled and bottled beers here, and a knockdown price of £2.25....and this was, until recently, extortionate for this pint! OBB is a decent pint, a great session ale, and a real example of good honest Yorkshire beer. Recommend heartily.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 13/20
rlgk  (293) Göteborg/Jönköping, Sweden | May 15, 2011| Updated October 5, 2014
Near Holborn underground station. Different place with 5-6 booths around the bar. 6-8 Samuel Smith-beers. Lowest prices of all the pubs I visited!
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 5/10   SELECTION 2/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 10/10   OVERALL 10/20
beansoup  (22) , | April 22, 2011
Absolutely beautiful interior right down to the ornate bogs. Only two quid for a pint of Sam Smiths. Snugs restored a couple years back. Have a butchers and a pint, then move along as there are better beer selections elsewhere.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 7/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 10/20
Countbeer  (204) Best of E-Town mit ein Brauhaus, Netherlands | October 26, 2010
This is the most beautiful pub I have ever been to! The toilets, the booths and the lounge couches on the first floor. Beautifully decorated! The beer selection is limited. The food is delicious and the bartenders and staff are really friendly!
nate2g  (651) Boomtown! / Waikato, New Zealand | March 14, 2010
Charming old pub serving Sam Smith ales on cask. While there may not be much interest in the beer itself, the pub is worth a look and I enjoyed poking around the ’cubby’ holes. A few regulars at the bar too.

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