The Brilliant Twinkle of The Seven Stars

The Seven Stars Pub, est. 1602

Twinkling is what stars are intended to do, of course. And its devoted attendees certainly think "brilliant" is a justifiable word to describe The Seven Stars: a perfect, ancient London boozer. Roxy Beaujolais, its legendary publican-- the Alewife For the Ages, as a pub critic has called her-- might personally be thought of as a substantial sparkler rather than a coy twinkler. So, about both, starting with the pub:

The Seven Stars, 53 Carey Street, WC2, and the building next door, Thomas More House. which contains the pub's west wing, The Wig Box, are gratifyingly old. Both structures are Listed Buildings Grade II. Indeed, The Seven Stars is one of London's oldest public houses. In credible attestations, it has long been held that it was built in 1602, 1 the year before the last year of Elizabeth I’s reign, 1603."A great London pub with centuries."- Trip Advisor

Small pub with 1602 origins, popular for lawyers' case-closing celebrations and real ale.

Roxy Beaujolais

Since 1602.


The Seven Stars' proprietor is Roxy Beaujolais, sometime publican in Soho, pub food cookbook author, and presenter of BBC's Full On Food.

Roxy arrived in London from her native Australia in 1973, and over time moved inexorably towards committed innkeeping. After several years running the front-of-house at Ronnie Scott's jazz establishment in Soho, she cooked in the Green Room at the Barbican for the Royal Shakespeare Company's actors and crew,5 then went on to run her own private catering business, trading under the made-up name Roxy Beaujolais (as she still does).

During Roxy's tenure at The Seven Stars, her hospitality and cooking have achieved considerable recognition. In 2003, The Seven Stars received the Time Out-Perrier London Best Pub Award, a signal honour.

In February 2006, FancyAPint listed The Seven Stars as one of "London's Top Ten Pubs."

"The secret to a real London pub is clean lavs, good beer, no music, no fruit machines, and no bores. A mellow place to sit-- an elegant home from home. It's a place where people tell secrets and lies. A pub is egalitarian; anyone can come in. Until I say they can't." A Lonely Planet review in January 2012
It's a fantastic social hub for London characters, from eccentric lawyers to burlesque babes. If you can squeeze into the small but perfectly proportioned interior, you'll get a slice of low-rent, bohemian London. The Time Out Bars, Pubs & Clubs Guide
If you want a characterful little pub that really could be as old as you can get in London, Hidden London recommends the Seven Stars highly, though it gets a bit crowded with local lawyers at peak times on weekdays. The Spectator

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