The William Blake


The William Blake is a traditional style pub in the heart of Old Street, close to Old Street Station. Food is served daily with some great offers available. There is a wide selection of drinks including real ales and a great selection of wines. All major sporting events are shown with SKY sports and ESPN on various plasma screens and a big screen.

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Venue Details & Map

The William Blake

174 - 180 Old Street
+44 (0)20 7336 8310
Public transport:
Exit Old Street Station at exit 6. Continue onto Old Street, The William Blake is approximately 50 meters along Old Street on the left hand side (past the Shell garage).


Booking Facilities
Group bookings accepted
Event Facilities
Event facilities
Payment Facilities
Credit cards accepted
Debit cards accepted
Yelp Reviews

3.5 out of 5 based on 17 reviews

Top 5 reviews of The William Blake

2.0 out of 5 2 March 2016
by Yon B.

Decent priced drinks but its a very big pub with little to no atmosphere. Nothing special, a standard chain pub.

Also there are TV screens on every wall, something I cannot stand.more

1.0 out of 5 28 December 2015
by Chip D.

Do not! I repeat, do not order the Pulled Pork Nachos! Take normal, bad nachos and poor cheap, nasty canned pulled pork over them. Barely edible. The jalapenos were okay, though.

Absolutely ghastly experience at the William Blake. Expected at least a decent pub fare, but the service was poor, the tables wobbly, sticky and unclean.more

4.0 out of 5 15 February 2015
by Anoop K.

I was here last night, on a slight bender with my acting champions after we decided that we were spending far too much money in our usual post-class haunt!

I didnt realise that WB is massive; they have a whole section at the back I imagine being very helpful on match days but similarly, I imagine it gets positively rammo too.

The staff were really friendly - Lydia ;) - and the anywhere I can...more

4.0 out of 5 10 November 2014
by Chris E.

4 Stars for Ambiance and Burgers. And yes, another chain....

I vowed, "No burgers, no shakes" as the wheels of the Triple Seven threw a spray of water from the tarmac of Heathrow 5. Baffled and disappointed by pub food at this point of the journey, and simply burger-crazed, Sweet D ordered one here. I had the open faced chicken pie.

We share food, tasting each other's dishes, swapping...more

4.0 out of 5 5 April 2013
by Colleen C.

Solid 4-star pub!

The one waitress was a bit surly, but for our purposes...WB really fit the bill.

We needed: NCAA basketball (read: ESPN America), in a bar with 2. enough TVs where we wouldn't annoy anyone and 3. decent food and 4. Something more than just beer. This isn't a terribly easy combination and after majorly striking out at City Sports Cafe or whatever the hell that place is...more

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