Nicholson's Pubs

Welcome to The Blackfriar, your local pub in London


A Grade II Art Nouveau masterpiece

Our historic building has stood proudly in the heart of Blackfriars since 1875 – just think of the things it must have seen…

You won’t be able to miss our iconic, wedge-shaped building, with its mosaics, ornamental balconies, and famous guardian black friar above the front door.

Built on the site of a Dominican friary, the curious building was redesigned by architect Herbert Fuller-Clark in around 1905, with most of the internal decoration provided by artist Henry Poole and sculptor Frederick Callcott. Their commitment to the free-thinking arts and crafts movement can still be seen in our sculptures, mosaics, and relics, all depicting jolly friars.

Added in 1917-21, the snack bar sits under the neighbouring railway line, proving a popular attraction with its barrel-vaulted ceiling.

With such a rich history, it’s hard to believe that we’re actually lucky to still be here after being saved from redevelopment in the 1960s. The demolition was prevented by a campaign led by Sir John Betjeman, so make sure you raise a glass to him when you visit us for a pint!  

Find us


The Blackfriar, 174 Queen Victoria Street,
London, Greater London, EC4V 4EG

Tel: 020 7236 5474

A unique city centre pub with a rich history


Nicholson’s Pubs are known for their individual style, exciting stories, and charming personalities — and The Blackfriar is certainly no exception.

Set in a historic, Art Nouveau Grade II masterpiece of a building, The Blackfriar was built in 1875 on the site of a Dominican friary. The building was designed by architect H. Fuller-Clark and artist Henry Poole, who were both committed to the free-thinking arts and crafts movement.

Today, you’ll still find Poole’s original jolly friars around the pub, in the form of sculptures, mosaics, and reliefs. You might say we’re lucky to still be here after being saved from demolition by a campaign led by Sir John Betjeman!

Find us

The Blackfriar,174 Queen Victoria Street,
Greater London,EC4V 4EG

Tel: 020 7236 5474

Opening Hours

  • Monday 11:30 - 23:00
  • Tuesday 11:30 - 23:00
  • Wednesday 11:30 - 23:00
  • Thursday 11:30 - 23:00
  • Friday 11:30 - 23:00
  • Saturday 11:30 - 23:00
  • Sunday 12:00 - 18:00

Upcoming Holidays

  • Christmas Eve 11:30 - 18:00
  • Christmas Day CLOSED
  • Boxing Day CLOSED
  • New Years Eve 11:30 - 00:30
  • New Years Day CLOSED



As a British brand with a heritage of 150+ years, we pride ourselves on our position as purveyors of perfect pints and unbeatable pies, with tempting dishes on our British pub classic menus.

Imagine taking your seat for starters we know you’ll like… Pulled Duck Croquettes and Garlic Mushrooms on Sourdough, suited to every appetite.

And here’s something we can’t deny, we’re pretty famous for our hand-crafted specialty pies, including our brand-new Chicken and Truffled Oyster Mushroom Pie and our British Steak & Nicholson's Pale Ale Pie. Come out of the cold and try one for yourself, won’t you?

As well as our famous pies, we’ve got big twists on other classic pub food such as sausage and mash, mouth watering burgers and good old fish and chips. See our menu to discover them all.

Someone in your group got a sweet tooth? Here comes another British pub classic worth rushing to your nearest booth: our traditional new Bramley Apple & Blackberry Crumble. This is British pub food, done right.



Here at Blackfriars London, we pride ourselves on serving an exquisite selection of perfectly-poured, ever-changing Cask Ales – including our very own Nicholson's Pale Ale, brewed by St Austell Brewery in Cornwall. You’ll also discover the wonders of our Gin Palace, featuring glorious gins from juniper-heavy and robust to sweet and fruity and every flavour profile in-between – all waiting at your local Nicholson’s in London.