It’s the awards season! The winners of the Golden Globes took home their awards in January, and the Oscars are just around the corner. So, we thought we’d jump on the red carpet bandwagon. This month, we’re featuring one of our favourite award-winning pubs, The Victoria in Paddington. Also a recent refurbishment job of ours.
Award-Winning Pubs – Why we love The Victoria in Paddington
The Victoria in Paddington took the title of Fuller’s Pub of the Year in both 2007 and 2009. More recently, it was recognised in the most prestigious award in the Fuller’s calendar, The Griffin Trophy, winning the Best City/London Pub category in 2019.
At Fairland, we’re delighted to have helped The Victoria get red carpet-ready! We carried out a pub refurbishment job in 2018, it lasted for about six weeks.
Here are four reasons why we love the award-winning pub, The Victoria in Paddington.
Firstly, any filmmaker will tell you that location matters. And The Victoria is in a lovely quiet part of Paddington. It’s a short walk from either Paddington station or Lancaster Gate tube station.
We love a period drama, and this award-winning pub is full of history! Rumour has it that the pub first opened the same day as Victoria’s ascension to the throne in 1837. Supposedly, she visited it a few years later on her way to Paddington station. Additionally, we have it on good authority that Charles Dickens wrote chapters of ‘Our Mutual Friend’ while quaffing a pint at the pub.
The Victoria is full of historic features. It has original wood panelling, gilded mirrors and a stunning curved bar. It also features some beautiful original tiles, uncovered during the 2018 pub refurbishment.
The upstairs, Theatre Bar, is a private room for parties, conferences, presentations, and small wedding receptions. This bar was initially built using materials from a defunct Aldwych playhouse.
Finally, everybody knows that awards season is all about attending the right after-party, with the right people! You can’t go wrong at The Victoria. Recent regulars include Liam Gallagher, Keira Knightley, Damian Hurst and Ronnie Wood.
If you’d like to turn your pub into an award-winning pub, find out how we can help you get red carpet-ready. Talk to us about your fast-track pub refurbishment job.