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The Crosse Keys, London

Posted on 16. Oct, 2011 by in Pubs

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The Crosse Keys, London

The Crosse Keys is one of JD Wetherspoon’s most impressive looking properties and also serves an impressive amount of real ale. The pub is named after the long disappeared Crosse Keys coaching inn which stood nearby.

Brief History and Interior

The building dates to 1919 when the Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank (HSBC) built their headquarters on Gracechurch Street. As with most banks (see the Old Bank of England and the Counting House), this building has a grand and very spacious interior. Huge marble columns dominate and all walls are made from a green and grey marble. The high ceiling features two decorative skylights and towards the rear is a staircase leading to a balcony area that can be hired out.

JD Wetherspoon purchased the building in 1999 and installed a grand central bar that features possibly the most hand pumps of any Wetherspoon pub (a total of 24). That’s in addition to the many keg beers and bottles that are usually available. Interestingly, the bar features a number of flat screen TVs that list the beers currently available.

The Beer

Most JD Wetherspoon pubs will always stock at least a few guest ales with many stocking half a dozen or more but the Crosse Keys bucks the trend and its not uncommon to see over a dozen ales available and occasionally, such as during one of their beer festivals, all 24 pumps will be used. I visited on a quiet Saturday afternoon during their annual autumn beer festival and 17 ales and 1 cider were available on the handpumps.

The ale is very reasonably priced, especially for the City and you can expect to pay around £2.70 for a pint.

Visiting The Crosse Keys

The pub is located on Gracechurch Street, just across the road from Leadenhall Market. It is open Monday to Saturday but due to its location in the City and the fact that’s its a near ghost town on a weekend, the pub closes at 7pm on Saturday.

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Venue Location

The Crosse Keys

9 Gracechurch Street



Tel: 020 7623 4824

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Beer Taster, Pub Attendee, Photo Taker

Robert Gale likes beer, pubs and beer festivals. He also likes to take photos of beer, pubs and beer festivals. Most weekends of the year you can find him travelling around the UK (and sometimes beyond) photographing and reviewing good quality pubs and beer festivals. He also has a day job in the form of a web developer for Ozum.

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