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Bricklayers Arms is a friendly, historic London pub with a separate restaurant upstairs serving Thai dishes.

Ranked #1415 of 2091 pubs & bars in London

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Bricklayers Arms reviews

By Michael S.

This is a traditional pub turned into a bright and funky Hoxton style zone. One of my favourite pubs if just for its brilliant fusion of designs.

By Richard C.

This is an excellent place for a few beers after work especially when it's a nice evening. You can stand outside in the small patch of sun that filters through the buildings with your plastic glass until 9 when your hosts come and tell you to move inside. Can't comment on the food as I didn't have any.

By Minnie G.

This pub used to be a very good pub with excellent food however the food which was served wasn't cooked properly and I was really dissappointed as I was told really excellent things about this pub and found that it did not live up to its expectations, also the bar staff were very rude but I was pleased when I saw that the toilets were clean and so was the bar. It's really sad that this great pub has fallen in this way.


In a prime location on Charlotte Street in Shoreditch, the Bricklayers Arms is one of the pillars of the beginnings of the East London scene.

The Venue
The Bricklayers Arms can't have always looked like this. At some stage over the years it must have been given a refurbishment that has taken away its grimy, dusty appeal and replaced it with sterile red-washed youth club trappings. The venue certainly doesn't match the legend of a pub that once possessed so much credibility.

The bar is in front of you as you enter, surrounded by tacky, plasi-leather seating. One small step up and the back of the pub reveals more of the same. It has good looking glossy floorboards and the red lamps provide an element of personality, but it seems like the red paint buries the myth of the place. The second floor is really no better and the decor improves rapidly only as people begin to fill it up.

The Atmosphere
The jukebox is the first sign there is something to this pub. Bars that have jukeboxes already have a footing above those that don't, such is the joy of the opportunity to choose your own soundtrack. As people quickly file in after work, it's clear this is still a popular place. By the end of the night, it’s packed with a boisterous crowd. There is a sense of hedonism and the abandonment of the traditional English pattern of retiring home to the television after work on a week night. This could be due, in part, to the very European presence - the area is very diverse and the pub is a good representation of a different culture that thrives in London through such diversity.

The Food
The menu is dominated by Thai dishes, which are all £5.95 or £7.95 with a starter, which isn't bad value. There is also the ubiquitous homemade burger and plenty of sandwiches and salads to choose from. With food being such an important asset to pubs in terms of their business, one can see the reason for the attempts, but the idea of food doesn't seem to wholly sit well with the rest of the pub's credo.

The Drink
The drink is on a par with the paint job here. There's a fairly sterile and bland selection for anybody that fancies something a little more exotic. San Miguel on draught is the eyebrow raiser, alongside Kronenbourg, Fosters and John Smiths. If just the raising of an eyebrow isn't enough for you and you're looking for more of a jaw dropping impact then look no further than the magnificent After Shock colours that beam down. All three colours!

The Last Word
This is certainly no restaurant and doesn't attract the crowds with its bar stock, but the people in the area definitely seem to like the Bricklayers Arms.

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