Chequers Tavern

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16 Duke S, London, United Kingdom
020 7930 4007
Chequers Tavern - THE CHEQUERS view from Masons Yard
Chequers Tavern - THE CHEQUERS pub food
Chequers Tavern - THE CHEQUERS the alleyway entrance
Chequers Tavern - THE CHEQUERS
Chequers Tavern - THE CHEQUERS Duke Street facade
Chequers Tavern - THE CHEQUERS at the bar

Chequers Tavern London Reviews

AdamR3723 AdamR3723
190 reviews
Close to Fortnums Mar 28, 2017
This charming, small pub on Duke Street close to Piccadilly is housed in one of the first buildings erected after the Great Fire of London (1666). It became used as a pub before 1732, when it was still unnamed. By 1744, the pub had been named the 'Masons Arms', and in 1751 it was renamed the 'Chequers'.

The pub was called "The Masons Arms" because of its proximity to Masons Yard, where stonemasons once prepared the stones that were used in the construction of Westminster Palace.

Coachmen and grooms, who were waiting for their employers while thay visited the neighbouring, now demolished, Cavendish House, used to drink ale and play chequers in the pub. After a while, it was renamed the Chequers Tavern.

There are two entrances to the pub, one on Duke Street, and the other in a narrow alley that connects Duke Street and Masons Yard.

The narrow bar area extends from Duke Street to Masons Yard, and is everything that you could ask for in a traditional 'Ye Olde English' pub. Tables and chairs are close together, so this is not a great place for having conversations that you do not want to be overheard!

Food is available - both sandwiches and more substantial dishes. The curry I had was tasty, but my wife's roast pork sandwich was rather bland.

This is alovely place to eat and drink if you are visiting near to Piccadilly (e.g. Burlington Arcade or The Royal Academy or Fortnum & Masons).
THE CHEQUERS view from Masons Yard
THE CHEQUERS the alleyway entrance
THE CHEQUERS at the bar
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Jo104 says:
looks nice, I did not think the great fire reached that area
Posted on: Apr 07, 2017
Toonsarah says:
I have passed it many times but never been inside - looks cosy and very traditional. A shame about the bland sandwich, as I would normally expect that to be a safer bet in a pub than a curry!
Posted on: Mar 28, 2017
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