The Devereux

20 Devereux Court, Temple, London, WC2R 3JJ
Call: 020 7583 4562

Distinguished Tavern in Historic Temple

The Devereux is a handsome and popular Victorian pub located in a quiet courtyard close to Temple, in one of the most historic areas of Central London. This Grade II listed tavern was originally an 18th century coffee house, a popular venue where many of the city’s prominent thinkers gathered to debate. Today, our guests come to enjoy the fine cask ales, traditional pub food and a relaxed, welcoming ambience.

Down a secluded alleyway on the south side of The Strand in the City’s legal district, you’ll find Devereux Court, and our pub. Although remodelled in 1843, The Devereux has a history that can be traced back 800 years. The tavern stands on the former location of Exeter House dating from 1320, and built by Bishop Stapledon who was killed shortly after in 1326 by a protesting mob.

Later, the house passed into royal hands, and was eventually leased to Robert Devereux, the 2nd Earl of Essex. The Earl was an Elizabethan general who was a close companion of the Queen until he fell out of favour and, after a failed attempt to overthrow the monarch, became the last person to be beheaded in the Tower of London in 1601.

However, it was in the 17th century that The Devereux, then The Grecian Coffee House founded by Greek mariner George Constantine, rose to fame. It was built in 1676 following the devastating effects of the Great Fire of London by prominent economist and property speculator Nicholas If-Jesus-Christ-Had-Not-Died-For-Thee-Thou-Hadst-Been-Damned Barbon, a name given to him by his puritan father, Praise-God Barbon. Throughout the 17th and 18th century, The Grecian became a popular meeting place for lawyers, Whig politicans, classical scholars and members of the nearby Royal Society, including Sir Isaac Newton and astronomer, Edmund Halley. Close to the printing and publishing district of Fleet Street, The Grecian also attracted writers and publishers, including Richard Steele, editor of The Tatler who used The Devereux’s address as the official postal address for the magazine.

Part of the original coffee house still remains, along with a bust of Robert Devereux, Earl of Essex, with a plaque stating “This is Devereux Court, 1676″. Step inside The Devereux today and you’ll find an attractive pub with a traditional feel and an unfussy interior of dark wooden furniture, offering the finest traditional pub food and an enviable selection of cask ales and wines.

Attractive function room in Temple

Upstairs at the Devereux we have a spacious function room available for hire. Ideal for business meetings and private functions of all types, our friendly and experienced team is on hand to ensure every aspect of your event goes smoothly. We can also provide high quality catering for your function and have a delicious menu of food and drink that can be tailored to the needs of your guests.

Fascinating pub in the legal heart of London

The Devereux is situated in one of the most fascinating areas of London, surrounded by breathtaking architecture and steeped in ancient history. The pub backs onto the spectacular Grade I listed New Court Chambers, and the iconic Middle Temple Hall and the Royal Courts are both close by. Fleet Street, the fictional home of barber Sweeney Todd and the historic home of London’s press and printing industry, is just a minute away.

The Temple area was originally the home of the Knights Templar, a medieval Christian organisation, with the spectacular 12th century Temple Church at its epicentre. Wander through the alleyways and nearby streets and you’ll encounter historic courts, museums and libraries, plus serene gardens including Lincoln’s Inn Fields that stretches down to the banks of the River Thames. The Devereux pub is just five minutes walk from Temple Tube Station, meaning that we’re conveniently located wherever you and your guests are visiting from.

Function Room Information - The Templar Room (standing configuration)
Capacity 80 Private Bar Yes
Hire Costs Available on Request Area Type private
Facilities Private Bar, Projector, Wi-Fi,
Suitable Events Christmas & New Year, Conferences and Meetings, Funerals, Live Sports, Parties, Private Bars, Restaurants, Tour Groups, Weddings,
Function Room Information - The Templar Room (seated configuration)
Capacity 56 Private Bar Yes
Hire Costs Available on Request Area Type private
Facilities Private Bar, Projector, Wi-Fi,
Suitable Events Christmas & New Year, Conferences and Meetings, Funerals,

The nearest Tube Station to The Devereux is Temple