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Nelsons Head *

Local pub with quirks and queers
An attractive, intimate and kinda alternative corner space in the outskirts of trendy Shoreditch, this traditional pub was reinvented in 2007 by Farika Skilton and Patrick Black, who hang saleable art works and ceremonially change certain aspects of the decor every few months. Housed in a corner Tudor building, the pub attracts locals, artists and music people, and tends to go especially gay at the weekend. Sunday's 9am start captures not only plant and flower hounds from gay-appeal and immediately adjacent Columbia Road Market [see entry] but also marathon Saturday night gay good-timers, in a way that the Royal Oak in Columbia Rd once did. There's an eclectic jukebox but no food, though the pub offers cutlery, plates and napkins to customers who've arranged for takeaway food to be delivered to the pub. Dog-friendly, but no garden. By at least 2011 some of the George & Dragon and Joiners Arms clientele had migrated here.

Tags: Mixed Gay/Straight , Neighborhood Bar , Pub/Tavern

32 Horatio St (Hackney Rd)
London, England E2 7EH

+44 20 7729 5595
Mon to Wed 4pm—11pm; Thu to Sat 3pm-midnight; Sun 9am—11pm



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  • blueyes16 gave this place *
    dishy bar staff
    Nice and homely and friendly so keep it up nelson

    Oct 9 at 3:03am ·

  • blueyes16 loves

    Oct 9 at 1:43am ·

  • scim was here

    Apr 26 at 2:20pm via foursquare ·

  • scim was here

    Apr 25 at 7:14pm via foursquare ·

  • freshlyroasted gave this place *
    nice little bar - quietly trendy crown - not many tourists - a favourite
    first review First to Review

    Jan 27, 2013 at 11:30am ·

  • scim was here

    Jan 13, 2013 at 5:43pm via foursquare ·

  • scim was here

    Nov 10, 2012 at 10:44pm via foursquare ·