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The Friend at Hand in Bloomsbury is a cosy little pub just tucked around the corner from Russell Square tube station. Once inside you will be greeted by our Friendly team the best tradition of British pub food. Best enjoyed with a drink and friends.

Friend at Hand is truly a quirky venue that plays host to equally eccentric famous patrons such as Noel Fielding. The pub was established in 1797 and was formerly known as the Handsome Carriage. Arguably one of the most notable historical figures that have ever frequented the pub is Thomas Stearns Eliot (September 26, 1888 to January 4, 1965). He was a publisher, playwright, literary and social critic who wrote about Friend at Hand pub in his book the ‘Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats’. This book was a collection of poems about the psychology of cats, which later inspired Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical Catz. The Friend at Hand also lays claim to some seriously voyeuristic history. The area in which it lies was in fact known for the ‘ladies of the night’ in the Victorian era. In more recent times, its more family friendly and offers a welcome reprieve from busy London streets for a cosy pint.


We show all major sporting events live on our 3 Plasma screens. We reserve tables for food & drinks so why not give us a call (02078375524).Once you have tried us you will want to come back again & again.

We’re proud to say our menu is packed with Great British pub food classics, including iconic dishes like our hand-battered fish and chips, pie and mash and succulent burgers.

Our drinks include a great range of real ales and an extensive wine list. Our cask ales range has some of the best in British beers, including the new 1730, our very own special pale ale. The team at The Friend at Hand look forward to welcoming you soon at this fantastic traditional London pub in Bloomsbury.

We look forward to seeing you very soon.

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Friend At Hand

2 to 4 Herbrand Street, London, WC1N 1HX

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