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HOURSMon.-Fri.: 5:00pm-11:00pm; Sat.-Sun.: 12:00pm-11:00pm
PRICE (PINT)GBP 2
SIGNATURE DRINKBeer; Spirits
BARYes - with 5 or 6 bar stools
FOOD SERVED?Yes - pub food (Mon.-Fri.: 12:00pm-9:30pm; Sat.: 12:00pm-8:30pm; Sun.: 12:00pm-5:30pm)
OUTDOOR SPACEYes - small area with picnic tables in good weather
PRIVATE ROOM AVAILABLE?Yes - parties up to 80 people
TUBEShoreditch High Street; Liverpool Street
Not your typical paneled London tavern; the Commericial is done in a sort of faux classical style with eclectic furnishings, almost a shabby-chic version of Starck (but without the edginess). The relaxed, no-‘tude atmosphere is reflected in the seating choices: picnic tables, bar stools, and even armchairs.
WHAT WE WOULD WEAR
Jeans, sundress, shorts – anything casual and comfortable.
GO HERE WITH
Anyone. This is such a relaxed and chill tavern that even your mom and grandmother would fit right in.
The Purple Passport’s scout went solo comfortably. The next table over had two bikers, the bar had a local off work from Smithfield Market, and other tables had hipsters (with one taking care of a Weimaraner).
WHY WE LIKE IT
With no attitude and a comfortably casual vibe, this is a perfect place to meet up with a few friends for a pint or two.
WHAT WE WOULD CHANGE
More outdoor tables. When the weather is nice, they’re in high demand.
GOOD TO KNOW
Four hand pumps help give the bar an historic feel. Legend has it that there are tunnels running from Commercial Tavern to a nearby police station for unknown reasons, and beneath those tunnels are vaults that purportedly housed John Merrick (aka Elephant Man).
Read more about Commercial Tavern in The Diary
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