Nicholson's Pubs

Welcome to The Coal Hole, your local pub in London


Built in 1903 by architect T.E Collcutt, our Grade II listed pub is part of the Savoy Court, an extension of the iconic Savoy Hotel complex. In fact, rumour has it, we’re built on the site of the coal cellar for the famous Savoy Hotel!

In the early days, the pub was the haunt of the city’s coal heavers. But, during Victorian times, it became a popular song and supper club, where regulars sang comical songs and sentimental ballads. Although the supper club no longer runs, we’re located close to many of London’s favourite theatres, so there’s always the chance of an impromptu singsong or musical performance.

And we’ve had our fair share of famous faces gracing our bar. In the Edwardian era, Gilbert and Sullivan frequently performed in the pub, while Shakespearean actor Edmund Keane started the Wolf Club here for oppressed husbands who were forbidden to sing in the bath!

Find us


The Coal Hole, 91-92 Strand,
London, Greater London, WC2R 0DW

Tel: 020 7379 9883

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 Coal Hole one of a kind.

Rumour has it, The Coal Hole occupies what was once the coal cellar for the Savoy Hotel! In the Victorian era, the pub was a well-known 'song and supper' club where regulars were encouraged to sing comical songs and sentimental ballads.

Gilbert and Sullivan regularly performed here in Edwardian times, and the Shakespearean actor Edmund Keane started the Wolf Club here for oppressed husbands forbidden to sing in the bath!

Find us

The Coal Hole,91-92 Strand,
Greater London,WC2R 0DW

Tel: 020 7379 9883

Opening Hours

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

Upcoming Holidays

  • Christmas Eve 11:00 - 22:00
  • Christmas Day 13:00 - 19:00
  • Boxing Day 11:00 - 23:00
  • New Years Eve 11:00 - 02:00
  • New Years Day 11:00 - 22:00



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 Strand 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.