When other pubs of a similar vintage (the 1860s) pulled down the most noteworthy feature of their Victorian interiors, the refurbished Prince Alfred kept them. If you go today, the once common wooden partitions that turned public bars into a series of four- or five-person drinking booths remain and you can enjoy the original sense of boozy seclusion.
Entry to the booths (intended to keep the different sections of Victorian London away from each other) is from the outside and, should you wish to pass between them, your only option is to bend double and stoop through a three-foot-high doorway. Serves good bitters, wines, proper lagers, etc. in a grade II listed space. I'd love to comment on the food in the adjoining restuarant but I've never thought ahead enough to book a table.
5 Formosa Street, London, W9 2JS. Warwick Avenue for the tube.
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