Hope

94 Cowcross Street,
EC1M 6BH

Although this pub is not one of London’s Real Heritage Pubs it has a magnificent curvaceous glazed frontage of around 1900 and tiling and mirrors inside. It is also a grade II listed building and the listing description is as follows: “Public house, probably purpose built. Late C19. White brick set in Flemish bond with dressings of stone and tiles, roof obscured by parapet. Four storeys over basement, four-window range. Ground floor perhaps of c.1900. Base of black polished granite with pilasters to either side supporting consoles and pedimented brackets with fascia and cornice between; fine recessed pub frontage of wood and glass: flat-arched entrances to either side with woodwork in the Queen Anne style, semi-circular archivolts over with faceted glazing and panelled doors; central bay window curved at the corners and curved in section at the top with original faceted glass to archivolt; the whole frontage spanned by a slim wooden arch with glazed spandrels to the corners; panelled doors with faceted and lettered glass to former Saloon Bar and Public Bar; glazed and moulded tiles to external side walls. The windows to the upper floors are flat-arched with stone lintels recessed under a continuous brick arcade which is round-arched to the first floor and segmental-arched to the second and third floors, the tympana on all floors and imposts on the third decorated with incised ornament; second-floor windows have small projecting balconies and large paterae to imposts, those to the third floor have a sill band of encaustic tiles; cornice missing; plain brick parapet. INTERIOR: : late C19 bar front; a stretch of glazed and moulded tiles to the dado on the south wall, with three panels of decorative mirror glass above, carrying painted monogram TH or HT.”

The Hope featured on the Cloth, Meat, Diamonds and Leather: Evening Crawl of Smithfield and Clerkenwell in April 2011.