99 Buckingham Palace Rd, London, SW1W 0RP
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19th Century pub within Westminster’s Wonders

A striking and attractive Victorian pub, the Shakespeare is situated in Victoria along the grand, tree-lined boulevard of Buckingham Palace Road opposite Grosvenor Gardens. Named after William Shakespeare’s father, John, a wool merchant and property developer, the pub is conveniently situated close to Victoria train station. Built on the Grosvenor Canal basin at Pimlico Wharf and opened in 1860, today Victoria Station is one of London’s busiest travel terminals, serving travellers to Brighton and South Coast destinations and further afield, as the London terminus for the Venice Simplon Orient Express to the continent. Victoria is also home to the largest coach station in London and the Gatwick Express, with its own air terminal within the station complex.

Up until the late 18th century, the area around the Shakespeare was largely undeveloped, but the adoption in 1767 of Buckingham Palace as the Royal residence sparked the first phase of building on what was then known as King’s Row, leading to the Palace, and forms modern-day Buckingham Palace Road on which the Shakespeare stands. Yet is was the completion of Victoria Street in 1851 and then Victoria Station that stimulated the development of this attractive area of Westminster around Grosvenor Gardens, now a designated Conservation Area.

At the heart of Victoria, with excellent public transport connections on the doorstep, The Shakespeare is the ideal location for exploring London’s highlights. The area has many fine examples of French Renaissance-influenced architecture, with Victorian villas and terraces on quiet streets and tranquil squares away from the bustle of the station. Directly opposite The Shakespeare, you’ll find Lower and Upper Grosvenor Gardens, two pretty green spaces providing a breathing space in this busy area of the city. The lower gardens contain two attractive shell pavilions gifted by the French government and on the north perimeter of the Upper Gardens, there is a cabmen’s shelter dating from the 19th century.

Host your function in a superb central London location

If you are looking for a function room in a central London location with excellent transport links for all your guests, then The Shakespeare is the ideal venue. Our airy, stylish and spacious function room can host celebrations for up to 100 guests, and we offer catering for all events from graduation parties to formal business functions. Our welcoming and experienced team is here to make sure every aspect of your special occasion runs smoothly.

The political and cultural heart of the City

The City of Westminster holds an array of cultural, historic and architectural treasures. Buckingham Palace, the primary residence of Queen Elizabeth II is a short walk down Buckingham Palace Road, as is the spectacular Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament. Within a mile, you can find the Tate Britain and Whitehall, the centre of Government. Bordered by genteel Pimlico and elegant Belgravia, and with Victoria underground, rail and coach station next door, it’s fair to say that the Shakespeare is close to the beating heart of central London.

Function Room Information - Stretch & Pull Pizzeria
Capacity 90 Private Bar Yes
Hire Costs Available on Request Area Type private
Facilities Dance Floor, Disco Equipment, Fixed Screen, PA System, Private Bar, Wi-Fi,
Suitable Events Christmas & New Year, Conferences and Meetings, Funerals, Live Sports, Parties, Private Bars, Restaurants, Weddings,

The nearest Tube Station to Shakespeare is Victoria