Atlas

16 Seagrave Road
West Brompton
SW6 1RX

Although this pub is not a listed building, it is on CAMRA’s London Regional Inventory of Pub Interiors of Special Historic Interest and the description is as follows: “A side-street pub which has developed a fine reputation for food and is a classic pub to see what major London brewers, Truman’s, were up to in the 1930s. The building itself is Victorian but the fittings are a surprisingly complete array from the inter-war refit which provided two distinct rooms, the evidence of which is still apparent today with the public bar (named on the door) at the front. The room separation is most obvious in the remains of a screen, the glazed top of which survives. Then you will see that the bar counter is treated differently – at the front it is matchboarded and at the back (the plusher end) it has horizontal Art Deco panelling with a rounded corner. The bar-backs, however, are similar and there is also a black-and-white tiled spittoon. Also from the 1930s are the fixed seating and three brick fire surrounds each with a small terracotta relief – a galleon, a hunting scene and a frisky stag. Wall panelling in the rear area with advertisements for Truman’s wares, and a promotional mirror over one of the fireplaces. The counter fronts have doors, a feature of many a London pub in times past, to allow servicing of the beer engines.

History nearby: Brompton Cemetery, consecrated in 1840, is one of the greatest Victorian London cemeteries and contains many fine monuments. Buried here are Emmeline Pankhurst (1928), Francis Fowke (1865), architect of the Albert Hall, and Henry Cole (1882) who organised the Great Exhibition and the Victoria and Albert Museum.”

The Atlas featured on the The Twelve Days of Christmas: Evening Crawl of Hammersmith, West Kensington and West Brompton on 12 December 2018, the Billing and Cooing: Daytime Crawl of Earls Court, West Brompton, Fulham and Hammersmith in October 2013, and the Choosy Cat and the True Sea Dog: Evening Crawl of Fulham and Hammersmith in August 2010.

The WhatPub link is here WhatPub/Atlas