Princess Louise, Holborn

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The Princess Louise is a public house situated on High Holborn, a street in central London. Built in 1872, it is best known for its well preserved 1891 Victorian interior, with wood panelling and a series of booths around an island bar. It is a tied house owned by the Samuel Smith Brewery of Tadcaster, Yorkshire.<ref name=Brown>Template:Cite news</ref>

About

Being located near Bloomsbury, the British Museum and the University of London, it is patronised by professors and other educationalists.

Building

The building is protected by its Grade II listing<ref name="Listed">Template:Cite web</ref> and has what has been described as "a rich example of a Victorian public house interior",<ref name="Listed"/> by William B Simpson and Sons;<ref name="GBG06">Protz, R.(Ed.), Good Beer Guide 2006, ISBN 1-85249-211-2</ref> who contracted out the work.<ref name="Listed"/> As it is considered so historically significant even the men's toilets, with their marble urinals, are listed.<ref name="Listed"/> The pub, which is also listed on CAMRA's national inventory of historic pub interiors, was refurbished in 2007.

In June 2009, the pub was joint winner of the best refurbishment class of the 2008 Pub Design Awards awarded annually by CAMRA. Author Peter Haydon included the Princess Louise in his book The Best Pubs in London and rated it No. 5 in the capital, saying it had "possibly the best preserved Victorian pub interior in London".

History

The pub was operated by Regent Inns from 1990 until 1998, when the lease was taken over by Samuel Smith.

The Princess Louise is also notable for having been the venue for a number of influential folk clubs run by Ewan MacColl and others, which played an important part in the British folk revival of the late 1950s and early 1960s.

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