Falcon

The Falcon
2 St John's Hill
Battersea
SW11 1RU

Not only is this pub a grade II listed building but it is also one of Britain's Real Heritage Pubs on CAMRA's National Inventory of Pub Interiors of Outstanding Historic Interest.

The Falcon is situated within Battersea's busy shopping area. When constructed in 1887, it served as both a hotel, useful for travellers using Clapham Junction station, and as for locals as a regular drinking spot.

The architecture is made for show and the interior is where the pub really shines. The curved serving area vies with Glasgow's Horseshoe Bar as the longest pub counter in Britain. The back fitting of the servery is very tall with stairs leading to the cellar.

Similar to the Windsor Castle, nearby, visiting The Falcon offers the chance to step back in time to how a classy pub would look a century or more ago.

The public bar is large and would have featured internal partitions earlier in the pub's history. A splendidly panelled room features a wood carvings and a sizeable wooden fire surround. The skylights are modern and sadly don't add to the character.

A snug is situated on the left side behind a timber and glass screen. Look out for original glass work bearing a falcon and the words 'Private Bar' at the entrance to the lobby.

For an even better example of glass work, go to the rear room which shows the pub painted in its pre-1887 form as well as its present form. The pub once had a landlord named Mr Death, and one of the painted depictions shows a funeral carriage stopping at Death's Door.

History next door: Clapham Junction Station opened in 1863 and became one of the busiest railway junctions in the world (still the busiest in Britain). The area around the station is now a busy shopping district dominated by the imposing Debenham's department store (formerly Arding and Hobbs) built in 1910 to a design by James Gibson.

The Falcon has featured on the Daytime Crawl of SW17, SW18 and SW11 in October 2004, the Evening Crawl of Battersea and Wandsworth in December 2007, and the From the Crimea to Death's Door via Cats, Birds and Breweries: Evening Crawl of Wandsworth and Battersea in April 2013.