facebook
Twitter
Linkedin
Feedback

Friday01 August 2014

Architects' favourite pubs: The Jerusalem Tavern, Clerkenwell, London

  • Email
  • Comments (1)
  • Save

Stewart Dodd recalls a pub which was once a coffee house he frequented as a student

The Jerusalem Tavern, Clerkenwell

The Jerusalem Tavern, Clerkenwell

The Jerusalem Tavern, 55 Britton St, London, Greater London EC1M 5UQ

Stewart Dodd, Managing Director of Satellite Architects said: “Pubs have never been my thing; I suppose it’s a reaction against my upbringing where I spent my teenage years being thrown out of them for being too young.

“In London there is only one pub where I feel at home, the Jerusalem Tavern. I first visited it with Simon Allford on the way to dinner maybe five years ago but I like it because I’m certain it was a great coffee house when I was a student at the Bartlett many years prior, a time before Starbucks and Pret a Manger, a time when Patisserie Valerie in Soho and the Jerusalem coffee house were cool and the coffee was real.

“Today the Jerusalem Tavern, named somewhat appropriately after the Priory of St. John of Jerusalem, which given it’s location in close proximity to everything St. John is not that surprising, still has all the panache of the coffee house which I used to frequent as a student.

The Jerusalem Tavern, Clerkenwell

The Jerusalem Tavern, Clerkenwell

A tiny space made up of several rooms with a variety of tables, in the front you get your own little enclosed room with a fireplace, in the back it feels like you get to know the barman intimately when he serves you the full variety of beers and ales from the St. Peters Brewery, and crisps galore for the die hard pub-grub aficionados.

The only real question mark is that it can regularly be full of architects, but with Grimshaw at the end of Britton Street and thousands of other architects in locale it’s truly not surprising but still it has a good feel about it.”

To nominate your favourite pub email cate.sthill@ubm.com with a short description and exterior/interior photographs.

Share

Readers' comments (1)

  • James Thomas

    I used to be head waiter at the Jerusalem restaurant/cafe back in 1992/3, to make ends meet, whilst also working as an architectural assistant. It was an extraordinary place owned by an architect, we used to get fabulous home made cakes brought in by a very curious bunch of locals. There were long bench tables and very good natured customers, who didn't mind bunching up.... good memories....

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

sign in register
  • Email
  • Comments (1)
  • Save
Latest
News
Sign in

Email Newsletters

Sign out to login as another user

I'm searching for in
Desktop Site | Mobile Site