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.
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.
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.
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
Mon - Thu: 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Fri: 11:00 am - 2:00 am
Sat: 12:00 pm - 2:00 am
Sun: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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We’re always up for a chat!
020 7242 2317
Manager: Kristoff Pleskacz