The Clifton

96 Clifton Hill
St John's Wood

This pub is a revival because it closed in 2013 and developers wanted to convert it to a mansion but it was saved and reopened in May 2017. It has been designated as an Asset of Community Value. Although it is not a listed building, it used to be on CAMRA’s London Regional Inventory and the description was as follows: “Looking like a detached house, with front and rear gardens, in a residential street. Curious passage-like bar between the frontage and the servery. Plain panelled counter base with glazed screenwork above. On the opposite side of the servery the counter supports a most fantastic screen with triple opening and extraordinarily florid High Victorian detail. It is improbably said to have come from a chapel; more likely to have been the bar-back in another public house.” You may wish to compare this with the current interior.

The Clifton featured on the Revivals and Survivals: Daytime Crawl of Willesden Green, Cricklewood, Brondesbury, Kilburn and St John's Wood on 23 February 2019, and the Daytime Crawl of NW London and Maida Vale in October 2006.

The WhatPub link is here: WhatPub/The Clifton