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Friend At Hand

2 to 4 Herbrand Street, Bloomsbury, London, WC1N 1HX

Friend at Hand is truly a quirky venue that plays host to equally eccentric famous patrons such as Noel Feilding. The pub was established in 1797 and was formerly known as the Hansome 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.

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  • About the Friend At Hand

    The Friend at Hand 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.

    We have a full british menu served daily with a wide selection of dishes on it, we also have a wine menu to select from. 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. Look forward to seeing you very soon.

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    Book a table from tomorrow onwards. Want to make a booking for today then why not give us a call.

    Want to book today or make a larger group booking?

    Then why not give us a call and we would be happy to make all the necessary arrangements. Simply call us.

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    There are many local attractions close to the pub and these include:
    Milton Country Park (0.19 miles)
    The Charles Dickens Museum (0.34 miles)
    The Blairs Museum (0.35 miles)

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