The Leicester Arms

44 Glasshouse St, London, W1B 5DP
Call: 020 7734 7641

Striking Victorian Pub in the Heart of London’s West End

The Leicester Arms is a charming Victorian pub located just off Regent Street and close to Piccadilly Circus, the bustling heart of London’s West End. With a delicious menu of classic pub food and cask ales to choose from, it is the perfect place to relax, unwind and enjoy our friendly, laid-back ambience.

The history of The Leicester Arms stretches back to 1725, when an inn called The Harp stood on the same site on Glasshouse Street. During the 17th and 18th century, as it name suggests, Glasshouse Street was the site where tradesmen created ‘saltpetre’ or potassium nitrate, one of the raw materials in the production of glass.

Renamed the Cambrian Stores, The Leicester Lounge and finally in 1934 The Leicester Arms, this magnificent Victorian tavern with its handsome exterior remains a welcome haven from the bustle of Regent Street.

One of the world’s best known shopping streets, Regent Street’s broad promenades and Grade II listed buildings house many famous international brands, including the iconic Apple and Burberry stores and the magical toy store that is Hamleys.

Today when you visit The Leicester Arms after a shopping expedition, you’ll be greeted by a striking Victorian exterior; a beautifully ornate black marble and gilt doorway with an original lantern hanging over the threshold. Inside many of its original Victorian features have been retained, the large carved wooden bar and authentic tiles adding to its character. Our first floor restaurant has a real ‘wow factor’ with its ornate wood panelling, sweeping drapes to complement the period décor and elegant chandeliers, making it an impressive venue for functions and events.

Authentic Victorian function room near Piccadilly Circus

If you’re looking for an attractive venue close to Piccadilly Circus to host your function, The Leicester Arms is the ideal choice. Our first floor dining area is available for hire and our friendly and experienced team is on hand to help you plan your event and ensure every aspect runs smoothly. As we are centrally located with Piccadilly Circus tube station only a couple of minutes walk away, we are easy to find and can cater for tourist stop offs as well as parties and business functions. We pride ourselves on delivering excellent service and hospitality, and look forward to welcoming your guests to The Leicester Arms.

The vibrant heart of London’s West End

Nestled between Regent Street, Shaftesbury Avenue and Golden Square, The Leicester Arms is situated in one of the most vibrant and exciting areas of central London. There is always something to see and do here. Piccadilly Circus is one of London’s most iconic landmarks, a neon-lit meeting point and traffic junction lovingly overlooked by Eros, Alfred Gilbert’s famous winged statue, since 1898.

Next door you have Shaftesbury Avenue and London’s Theatreland with its choice of over 40 theatres. One of the most spectacular is the Criterion, a Grade II listed building designed by London’s most celebrated Victorian theatre architect, Thomas Verity. Opened in 1874, the entire theatre is situated underground and its galleried concert hall is accessed via a tiled staircase. The Royal Academy of Arts is short walk away from The Leicester Arms, as is Regent Street with its grand Portland stone facades, and a little further down, Carnaby Street, the fashion epicentre of the Swinging Sixties. We look forward to welcoming you at our authentic Victorian tavern and helping you enjoy the very best in London hospitality.

Function Room Information - Leicester's Lounge
Capacity 100 Private Bar Yes
Hire Costs Available on Request Area Type private
Facilities Fixed Screen, Private Bar,
Suitable Events Christmas & New Year, Funerals, Parties, Private Bars,

The nearest Tube Station to The Leicester Arms is Piccadilly Circus