The White Hart Bar and Dining

Welcome

To the oldest licenced premises in London


The White Hart pub has stood proudly on the corner of Drury Lane and High Holborn for centuries.

The Old Bailey archives reveal this corner to be the first and oldest licensed premise in London, dating back to 1216. ‘The Whyte Hart Public House’ has been the name of pubs on this site since the 15th century and was a legendary watering hole for London’s notorious highwaymen and rogues.

In the 16th and 17th centuries, Drury lane was known as a fashionable street, with residents including the likes of The Marquess of Argyll, Oliver Cromwell and Nell Gwynne.

However, in the 18th Century, Drury Lane became one of the worst slums in London, notable for its brawls, drunkenness, prostitutes, and gin palaces. Legend has it that regular customers of The White Hart included notorious thieves, Jack Sheppard and Richard (Dick) Turpin. Turpin even came in for a pint prior to his hanging in 1739. Condemned men habitually stopped in for a last drink and women’s comfort before facing the hangman’s noose.

Now, in the 21st century, the White Hart is a family owned pub, by The Morton Scott Pub Company. We took ownership of this beautiful and charming pub in 2003 and it now forms our family of three public houses in the Covent Garden area. As a company, we are passionate about keeping the spirit of London pubs alive. We believe in great beer, great service and good honest food.

We hope you enjoy the vibrant atmosphere this historic pub has to offer.

Eat, Drink, Relax

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History

Established in 2003


The People

The White Hart, Drury Lane is a family-run pub, famous for being a local in the heart of the West End. The first pub for the father and son team, Chris and John Scott are passionate about pubs. Everything from the ground up is about exuding this spirit, from the open and light atmosphere with classic pub furniture and games, to the social relaxed vibe, down to the favourite classics on the menu, and distinctive drink selection. Designed by daughter/sister Sam Edwards, constructed by Mark, her husband, and up kept by Chris taking care of all the dirty work, The White Hart truly is a London landmark for frequenting locals and curious sightseers.

The Pub

The White Hart has stood proudly on the corner of Drury Lane and High Holborn for centuries.

The Old Bailey archives reveal this corner to be the first and oldest licensed premise in London, in 1216. ‘The Whyte Hart Public House’ has been the name of pubs on this site since the 15th century and was a legendary watering hole for London’s notorious highwaymen and rogues.

In the 16th and 17th centuries, Drury lane was known as a fashionable street, with residents including the likes of The Marquess of Argyll, Oliver Cromwell and Nell Gwynne. Lavinia Fenton, afterwards Duchess of Bolton and the original Polly Peachum in the Beggar’s Opera lived in a coffee house on the lane.

However, in the 18th Century, Drury Lane became one of the worst slums in London, notable for its brawls, drunkenness, prostitutes, and gin palaces. Regular customers of The White Hart included Jack Sheppard and Rickard (Dick) Turpin, who came in for a bevy prior to his hanging in 1739. Condemned men habitually stopped in for a last drink and women’s comfort before facing the hangman’s noose.

Gay famously wrote:
O may thy virtue guard thee through the roads of Drury’s mazy courts and dark abodes.

In 2003, father and son, John and Chris Scott became the latest ‘rogues’ to call Drury Lane home. Although The White Hart will never return to its former glory, it is still a notorious watering hole for late night last calls and travellers looking for a good time.

Food

Honest, Tasty and Fresh!


We don’t claim to be a fancy gastro pub or a restaurant following the latest foodie trends. What we do endeavour, is to be honest, well-priced pub fare. We believe in our local suppliers, fresh quality ingredients and in our chefs’ skill and imagination.

Indulge in our salads, or satisfy your craving with a classic. And don’t forget about dessert!



We are happy to tailor to dietary needs and offer substitutions for healthier alternatives. Please let a member of staff know about any allergies or requirements.

Lunch and Dinner Menu


Our chef's prepare delicious daily specials, please ask our staff on arrival

Great British Sunday Roast


Served every Sunday from 12 noon

Buffet Menu


Minimum booking of 20 people normally required.

As this is a bespoke menu, please ensure you pre-order at least 48 hours in advance of your booking.

We are happy to tailor our menu to suit your party’s needs and requirements, please speak with the Manager for all enquiries.

Drinks

Extensive selection - from all over the world


A fully stocked bar, The White Hart caters for all taste buds. Choose between our taps of refreshing lagers, extra cold draughts, and continental beers or relax with one of our carefully selected wines.



We pride ourselves on our enjoyable spirit and liqueur selection and are advocates for daring shots. We host monthly drink specials to sweeten the libations, and to encourage the temptation to stay for one more.

Wine


Beer


Spirits


Private Hire

To the oldest licenced premises in London


The White Hart is the perfect place for all occasions. We’ve played host to leaving dos, birthday parties, press nights, tour groups, weddings, and even baby showers! Whether it’s a table or the back area, reserve a space free of charge for your next night out. Choose from a selection of tasty buffet treats, or pre-order your favourite round, we are happy to tailor to any needs or dietary requirements.


Buffet Menu

Contact

Meet the Family


Opening Hours

Mon - Thu: 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Fri: 11:00 am - 2:00 am
Sat: 12:00 pm - 2:00 am

Bookings, Enquiries, Feedback

We’re always up for a chat!

020 7242 2317

thewhitehart@mspubs.co.uk

Manager: Gia Mitchell

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