Tower Tavern, W1W 6BA
- 020 7636 9737
- 21 Clipstone Street, W1W 6BA
- 11am-11pm Mon-Thu; 11am-11:30pm Fri; noon-11:30pm Sat; noon-6pm Sun
A pub in Fitzrovia, near the BT Tower.
There's something about the outward appearance of this place — somewhere between toilet block and estate pub — that makes it almost appealing. It may not be the most atmospheric pub inside, but it's spacious and airy, with wooden tables, and a raised seating area at the back, and it never seems too busy.
There are three handpulls and the ales are well-kept. On Ewan's October 2008 visit, Greene King IPA and Bonkers Conkers sat alongside the guest St Austell Tribute (which was off, unfortunately). Tribute was one of the three available alongside Greene King IPA and Brain's Rev James on Ewan's May 2011 visit, and both those guests have been spotted before. Otherwise, the usual selection of lagers and wines were available. On bob's March 2010 visit, a pint of lemonade and lime was £3.
Food is available; as of March 2010, the menu is a fairly standard pub menu, with mains priced around £5–7. There are a good selection of burgers available (around £7-£8, including chicken and vegetarian options), and each time Ewan has visited the burgers have always been good quality large hand-made patties photo, served with chunky chips and a bit of salad.
Staff are very friendly, and will bring drinks to your table if it's a large order, and offer to bring you a new drink if you're getting low (without being at all pushy about it).
It's far from being a bad pub, and for the area, it's probably your best bet if you don't want anywhere too loud and claustrophobic.