Lord Raglan

61 St Martin's Le-Grand, London, EC1A 4ER
Call: 020 7726 4756

Victorian Tavern in London’s Square Mile

The Lord Raglan stands in a historic corner of the City of London’s Square Mile on St Martin’s le Grand, close to the site of the Aldersgate entrance to the city, where traffic from the Great North Road would pass through the city’s walls. There has been a tavern on this site since at least the 17th century, when The Fountains inn, described as “one great two-storey building of timber, with a large stone floor and a well of great depth”, stood against the inner wall of Aldersgate. After the Great Fire of London in 1666, all that remained of the tavern were its foundations, which revealed the remains of the original Roman walls within the vaulted cellars.

Rebuilt in the aftermath of the Fire, the tavern traded as The Mourning Bush, a large inn well-known in the district and a 19th century favourite with workers at the newly erected General Post Office on St Martin’s le Grand, a magnificent Greek Revival building designed by British Museum architect Robert Smirke, and opened in 1829. The UK’s first purpose-built post office, it was here that the Penny Black was issued in 1840, the world’s first adhesive postage stamp, featuring a young Queen Victoria. The man credited with this innovation, Rowland Hill, is commemorated with a bronze statue erected in 1881 in nearby King Edward Street.

The Mourning Bush was again rebuilt in 1855 in its present form as The Raglan Hotel, named after Field Marshal Lord Raglan, the commander of the British troops in the Crimean War, who died in the year the inn re-opened. Now known as The Lord Raglan, this historic Victorian pub is located in one of the most fascinating areas of London. At one end of St Martin’s le Grand stands St Paul’s Cathedral, Christopher Wren’s landmark structure rebuilt after the Great Fire, while at the other is the Museum of London, occupying the site of the Aldersgate entrance to the City.

Opposite The Lord Raglan is the entrance to Postman’s Park, a favourite tranquil spot with the GPO’s postal workers in the 1880’s and a key location in the 2004 film Closer, starring Jude Law and Julia Roberts. The park contains Watt’s Memorial to Heroic Self Sacrifice, commemorating ordinary people who saved lives whilst risking their own. Just outside the park entrance stands a rare example of a bright blue Police Call Post, where members of the public could dial for assistance in an emergency.

Surrounded by City history, The Lord Raglan is the perfect location to pause for refreshment, with a fine selection of wines and cask ales complementing a classic pub menu and daily specials. Behind the pub’s handsome darkwood entrance lies a comfortable and deceptively large interior, popular with City workers and visitors to the area’s historic attractions.

Spacious function room in the Square Mile

The Lord Raglan has a large function room available for events and celebrations. From birthday parties and after-work celebrations to more formal business meetings and functions, our experienced team will make sure your special occasion is a success. We offer a range of catering choices for all events, and our menus can be adapted to suit the needs of your guests.

Celebrate with friends in the famous Square Mile

The City of London is one of the capital’s most dynamic districts and one of the world’s leading financial centres, but it also contains a wealth of London’s heritage and history. Alongside St Paul’s Cathedral and the Museum of London, The Lord Raglan is also just a short stroll from other famous City institutions like the Old Bailey, Guildhall Art Gallery, Mansion House and the Bank of England. Just north of the old City walls lies the Barbican arts complex, and the famous Bow Bells of St Mary-le-Bow on Cheapside are comfortably within earshot, making The Lord Raglan a true Cockney pub.

Just a three minute walk from St Paul’s London Underground station on the Central Line, The Lord Raglan is an ideal location for a celebration, event or simply to meet with friends in the City.

Function Room Information - 1
Capacity 200 Private Bar Yes
Hire Costs Available on Request Area Type semi-private
Facilities Fixed Screen, PA System, Private Bar, Wi-Fi,
Suitable Events Christmas & New Year, Funerals, Live Sports, Parties, Tour Groups, Weddings,

The nearest Tube Station to Lord Raglan is St Paul's