The Cross Keys

31 Endell Street, Covent Garden, London

The Cross Keys
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8/10 from 2 user reviews

A pub unaffected by fads and trends

The Cross Keys, exterior picture

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Address:31 Endell Street
Covent Garden
London
WC2H 9BA
Map:Map & nearby
Venue Type:Public Houses & Inns
Region:Covent Garden
Nearest Station:Covent Garden
Telephone:
Opening Hours:

Mon:11:00 - 23:00
Tue:11:00 - 23:00
Wed:11:00 - 23:00
Thu:11:00 - 23:00
Fri:11:00 - 23:00
Sat:11:00 - 23:00
Sun:12:00 - 22:30
About: The Cross Keys is a pub with a Pop theme and a relaxed and informal atmosphere. They serve a variety of British dishes and seating on the terrace area is provided, weather permitting. Catering for private parties is available upon request.

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London's best traditional pubs
Every entrance into The Cross Keys on Endell Street should include a little respect paid to the magic floral display going on outside it, all year-round. Hanging baskets and window boxes cover the façade to create one of the most welcoming pub entrances in the whole of London. Inside it is all dark, dim glow bulbs, solid pub furniture, carpet and brass. No lie, this is one of the best pubs in central London.




"A pub unaffected by fads and trends"

Review Rating: 7 / 10
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Pretty flower boxes, classic copper utensils decoratively displayed and a cosy dim interior put the Cross Keys into a category that many others might fall into in Central London but something sets it apart.

That something probably isn’t the big sandwiches and pub grub menu that they offer, not that it is bad, just a little ‘meh’ - take it or leave it. It’s something else entirely. Community, intimacy, charm? All of the above.

Located on Endell Street in Covent Garden, The Cross Keys is a workers pub, frequented by regulars from surrounding businesses. The flowers on the façade are over the top and oddly out of the ordinary for this little shopping stretch. Inside, pop memorabilia finds pride of place on the walls, the lights feel like they’re as low as they go and that inimitable bustle of a real London pub is always on show.

You’ll find some good ales on draught along with a selection of the usual European lagers. Take your drink to a table – they can be hard to find – settle down and enjoy the buzz of a pub unaffected by fads and trends.

The Cross Keys is a lovely place, particularly worth paying a visit at Christmas.



T.A.O reviewed The Cross Keys on Fri 28 Sep 2012


The Latest User Reviews of The Cross Keys


User Rating: 8 / 10
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elaineRR
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Nice place. I have been there a few times and each time it was lovely. Bear, staff, service...everything was great.

User Rating: 8 / 10
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T.A.O
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Member since: May 2011
Posts: 10
I'll put it out there: The Cross Keys is quite possibly the cosiest pub in London. Even the exterior - covered in hanging baskets filled with flowers - gets you tingling.

The weird red hue on everything inside is just magical. Go at Christmas and you will not be sorry. I never am.

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