Old Slaughter’s Coffee House at the upper end of St Martin’s Lane was a popular meeting house patronised by Captain Cook, Josiah Wedgewood and Thomas Gainsborough, among others. It was also here that William Hogarth gathered together a group of fellow artists to form the St Martin’s Lane Academy, which later became the Royal Academy.
The area around the present day Round Table was also a meeting place where ‘horsy and fighting men’ arranged bare-knuckle boxing fights. From 1843 till 1861, the landlord of The Round Table’s nearby sister tavern The Salisbury, then known as the Coach & Horses, was Ben Caunt, one of the country’s best-loved boxers. The 6ft 2in ‘giant’ from Northumberland was affectionately known as ‘Big Ben’ and is believed to have been the inspiration for the famous bell’s nickname. The Round Table has a direct connection with St Martin’s boxing past – the American fighter, John C Heenan stayed at The Round Table before his championship bout with Englishman, Tom ‘The Brighton Titch’ Sayers. The fight, although illegal at the time, is widely considered to be boxing’s first world championship. It ended in a draw after police stormed the arena and the referee was forced to end the contest after 2 hours 27 minutes.
In 1898, Sir Charles Wyndham, actor and manager, bought a plot of land next to The Round Table and built the spectacular Grade II listed Wyndham’s Theatre. Its stage doors are opposite our entrance, with the Noël Coward Theatre, formerly known as the Albery Theatre, just next door. Our position in the heart of London’s theatreland makes us an ideal stop off for guests enjoying the many delights of the West End. We can also offer a little theatre of our own too, courtesy of our original pub features that include ornate gilt signage, dark wood panelling and Victorian lamps.
Spacious function room in the West End
We have a popular West End function room available for meetings, events and celebrations. From tour groups and business meetings to birthday parties, we can cater for any occasion and have a delicious menu of traditional pub food and drink for your guests to enjoy. Our attentive and friendly team is here to make sure your function goes smoothly and look forward to welcoming you and your guests to The Round Table.
The ideal location in the capital’s cultural centre
In addition to West End theatres, we are close to some of London’s most popular and interesting attractions. Just past Charles Wyndham’s grand theatre, there’s Leicester Square, where the famous and the public alike gather for the glitz and glamour of Hollywood film premieres. The popular National Portrait Gallery, with more than 2 million visitors each year, is just yards away and offers a spectacular collection of portraits and sculptures of some of the country’s most notable historic and contemporary figures. Next door in Trafalgar Square stands the spectacular National Gallery, housing some of the nation’s best loved paintings including Turner’s Fighting Temeraire, Van Gogh’s Sunflowers and Holbein’s The Ambassadors.
Trafalgar Square itself is a major tourist attraction, an iconic London location overlooked by the towering Nelson’s Column, and the capital’s gathering place at Christmas, New Year and other major events. Covent Garden, just round the corner, is buzzing to the sound of buskers and performance artists entertaining the passing tourists, shoppers and workers. The Round Table is easily accessed from Leicester Square Tube Station, making us the ideal location to enjoy both this bustling London district and the good company of friends and family.
|Function Room Information - Sir Lancelot's Room|
|Hire Costs||Available on Request||Area Type||private|
|Facilities||Dance Floor, Fixed Screen, Projector, Wi-Fi,|
|Suitable Events||Christmas & New Year,|
The nearest Tube Station to The Round Table is Leicester Square