Wonderfully atmospheric Victorian saloon bar which Sam Smiths is taking care of. As such you’ll only find their ales here, but it’s a full range of them if you’ve not tried them before - if you have its worth at least an orange juice from the central to the building bar just to sample the place as they don’t make them like this anymore!!! Full of small tables and chairs and alcove areas it will be cramped when busy.
An absolute stunning heritage bar, full of glass, till and old wood. Service was pretty goo, but prices are a bit on the high side. This is owned by Samual Smith, so only their beers are available. Well worth a peek.
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.
The Princess Louise is stunning. It’s a traditional, unspoilt city pub with superb architecture, cubicles, etched glass and original tiling. Not to be missed, although beer-wise it serves mainly (only?) Sam Smith’s.
(Visited 10 August 2014).
Fin (1162) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | October 9, 2006
Superb pub with wonderful interior including the gents toilets! A pub that I always try to pop into when in this area of London. Beer choice is very limited i.e. only the Sam Smiths OBB as a cask choice but great range of Sam Smiths beers in bottles. Pub was busy when I visited on Tues 3rd October and I must say it was looking a little bit unkempt particularly the gents toilets.
A beautifully ornate Sam Smiths pub on High Holborn edging on Theatreland and the pub is pure theatre in itself. Gilded mirrors, etched windows, gold and red colour scheme, in the style of the old Gin Palaces with booths and screens. The gents are marble and have a preservation order on them. However, beyond the building itself, you are then left with the Sam Smith’s range of beers, be very careful about ordering bottles as they are particularly expensive.
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.
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)
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.
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).