The Ship & Shovell

4 out of 5 Based on 25 reviews

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The Ship & Shovell

1-3 Craven Passage
Charing Cross
+44 (0)20 7839 1311
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Charing Cross, Underground


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4 out of 5 based on 25 reviews

Top 5 reviews of The Ship & Shovell

4.0 out of 5 15 August 2013
by Iris F.

Cool feature with two pubs in one so to say.

Decent selection and range of draughts. (Badger)more

4.0 out of 5 8 September 2012
by Michelle B.

The Ship and Shovel is two tiny pubs separated by pavement. It is a shame you have to walk through a pee smelling alley to get to this little cubby, however it's always worth it.

Due to its quirky nature attracts the wandering tourist and bar crawl crowd. However certain times of the night it will be full of the locals. It's a favorite for the teckies and performers that spill out from...more

4.0 out of 5 5 April 2011
by Chris F.

Not the easiest place to meet a friend, for sure. The unique layout is a large part of this pubs charm. I personally prefer the smaller, cosier and quieter side, but the perception that there is less of a crush to get to the bar over there is misleading, as there is only really room for one person serving. Many of the bar lurkers on the other, traditional, busier side are leaning rather than...more

4.0 out of 5 30 July 2010
by Ian P.


In an ally way not far from Charing Cross station there lies two pubs - that are one!

The Ship & Shovel is hidden away but don't think it's a secret as whatever night I've been in it's been reasonably busy, not packed but atmospheric. Inside they're both decorated 'traditionally' but clean, pleasant and welcoming. Cosy with small tables all hugging the walls and some larger tables in...more

5.0 out of 5 26 May 2010
by Louis R.

A. I've never seen a bar split in two...that's a lie, now I have

B. In an alley past Sherlock may miss it, just look for the really red paint

C. Bartenders were cool and attentive

D. Lots of beer options, half-pint of cask ales anyone?

E. Love the decor and the intimacy of the space

F. Classic pub

I will hit again if I can find it.more