Shakespeare’s Head

29 Great Marlborough Street, London W1F 7HZ
Call: 020 7734 2911

Historic Soho Tavern Just Off Carnaby Street

The Shakespeare’s Head is a grand traditional pub located at the corner of Fouberts Place and Great Marlborough Street. Dating back to the early 18th century, Great Marlborough Street has been home to many notable residents over the centuries, including Charles Darwin. Our pub marks the beginning of Carnaby Street, known for its cutting-edge boutiques which pioneered the ‘Swinging London’ style in the 1960s. Today, the street remains one of the city’s top shopping destinations, lined with independent shops and big-name brands.

Our pub was first built in 1735, later reconstructed in the 19th century in its original Tudor style. You might recognise our sign as a reproduction of Martin Droeshout’s iconic 17th-century portrait of William Shakespeare. What you might not know is that Shakespeare is more than just our mascot: The original owners of our pub, Thomas and John Shakespeare, were actually distant relatives of the bard himself.

Spread over two floors, our pub is roomy yet intimate. Wood panelling, leaded light windows and real crackling fires create a cosy, traditional atmosphere. In the warmer months, you can dine outside where you’ll be watched over by a life-sized bust of Shakespeare. Added in the early 20th century, this bust seems to be peeking out of one of our upper windows and looking down at the activity on the street corner below. You’ll notice one of its hands is missing, damage that occurred during World War II when a bomb was dropped nearby.

Whether you choose to dine outside or in, you can expect to be joined by a lively crowd of shoppers and young local professionals. Our regulars also enjoy our wonderful selection of cask ales and craft beers.

 Large Function Room with Great Views and a Private Bar

Our spacious upstairs function room can accommodate up to 60 people seated or 100 people standing, making it ideal for dinner functions and large parties. Like the bar downstairs, our function room is decorated with attractive traditional décor, including wood panelling and ceilings lined with a gilded frieze. The leaded light windows offer lovely views of the vibrant street corner below, where you will often see buskers entertaining the passers-by.

With a large TV and access to both BT Sport and Sky Sports, our room is a popular choice for private viewings of sports like football or rugby. Our function room also has its own bar, toilets and fireplace.

A Storied Pub in the Heart of London’s West End

Located in the West End, our pub is surrounded by some of London’s best shopping areas, including Carnaby Street, Oxford Circus and Regent Street. Browse hundreds of international flagships stores, from Topshop to Hamleys, or the iconic Libertys department store, just next door to our pub, or head around the corner to the renowned London Palladium, a beautiful Georgian theatre dating back to 1910. The theatre’s stage door is actually just across the street from our pub, and you will often see fans gathering there in the hopes of getting an autograph from a performer. So come and join us in this fascinating neighbourhood, rich in local history and culture. We are easily accessible from all corners of the city, less than a five-minute walk from the Oxford Circus tube station.

Function Room Information - The Shakespeare Room
Capacity 100 Private Bar Yes
Hire Costs available on request Area Type private
Facilities Private Bar, TV, Wi-Fi,
Suitable Events Christmas & New Year, Funerals, Parties, Private Bars,

The nearest Tube Station to Shakespeare’s Head is Oxford Circus