This lovely little pub hidden down a cobbled alleyway in plush Belgravia is notoriously difficult to find, and many would like to keep it that way. It’s one of London’s hidden gems and has a rich (and slightly gruesome) history.
Back in the 1700’s it was a officers mess for the Grenadier Guards, soldiers of the the Iron Duke himself – Wellington (who lived nearby at Apsley House). Legend has it that one of these guards was murdered by his colleagues here after cheating at a game of cards.
Inside the pub is small and cute, and crammed with military memorabilia, dedicated to its past – note the bright red sentry box outside the front. You might notice the money (from all over the globe) pinned to the ceiling, traditionally put there by punters and tourists to pay the poor murdered soldier’s debt.
It feels very much like a locals pub, with new comers always welcome and the landlord, Tony, is among the friendliest in London, you’ll always find him chatting away to guests and filling you in on the pub’s fantastic history
It does have a reputation of being London’s most haunted pub. Cedric (as the murdered grenadier guard is lovingly named) reportedly still remains in the pub making himself known to unwitting staff on various occasions (most notably September for some reason).
Spooks aside, I can’t recommend this place enough, definitely one of my all time favourites, but word of warning, if you plan to visit take a map with you!!
Dates from 1720
18 Wilton Row