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Sanctuary House SW1

Sanctuary House Hotel, SW1. Pic: Fuller’s.

London’s Best Beer, and Bars updates
Central London: Westminster, Victoria and Pimlico

33 Tothill Street SW1H 9LA
T 020 7799 4044 w f SanctuaryHouseHotel tw SancHouseHotel
Open 0800-2300 (2230 Sun). Children welcome until early evening.
Cask beer 5 (Fuller’s) CM, Other beer 1 keg (Fuller’s), 15 bottles, Also 24 wines.
Food Pies and enhanced pub grub, Outdoor None, Wifi. Disabled toilet.
Seasonal events.

Tucked away in a historic back street within easy reach of Westminster Abbey, the Houses of Parliament and St James’s Park, this smart but comfortable if slightly corporate place is worth knowing about as a well located stockist of Fuller’s beers, served in good condition under the supervision of a manager that holds the brewery’s Master Cellarman accreditation.

Chiswick, Discovery, ESB, London Pride and a seasonal are all present and correct on cask, while bottles include 1845, Bengal Lancer, Golden Pride and Vintage Ale, as well as more imports than usual including Budvar, Duvel, Pilsner Urquell and Singha. Staff aren’t always well informed about the beer though.

As part of the brewery’s Ale and Pie House mini-chain, the Sanctuary dishes up substantial if slightly overpriced hearty fare, with horseradish and red wine spiking the house steak and kidney special, and is also open for breakfast. Decor in the long corner space is recent but in traditionally woody style, with a pleasant area at the back complete with monastically themed stained glass. There’s a highly rated and very well sited 36 bedroom hotel attached, often patronised by groups of North American beer travellers who will find that as a drinking venue it’s considerably more conducive than the average hotel bar.

Pub trivia. The name refers to the nearby sanctuary of Westminster Abbey and the public spaces named after it, though the building originated as an early 20th century office block that has previously housed insurance and publishing firms.

National Rail Victoria Underground St James’s Park River Westminster Cycling LCN+ 6A, link to NCN 4, CS 8 Walking Jubilee Greenway, Jubilee Walkway, Diana Princess of Wales walk

2 comments to Sanctuary House SW1

  • Marie

    My husband and I cane into The Sanctuary for a drink and something to eat earlier this evening, unfortunately we had to come away as there was a problem with young children running around screaming so after one drink we came away we ended up going across the street to the Blue Boar, I would have expected a manager or member of staff to have spoken to the parents because being as you serve hot food if any of these children had ran into one of staff the hot food would have burnt the child or member staff. I feel that his is definetly a health and safety issue all around , we were looking forward to eating here and were very disappointed at having to leave
    Yours Sincerely

  • Des

    Sorry to hear about your bad experience, Marie, but this is not the official site of Sanctuary House, it’s an independent review. If you want to complain I suggest you contact the pub directly following the link above.

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