Located on the corner of a triangular slice of Shoreditch, the Commercial Tavern is a staunch mainstay on the East London drinking circuit.
The building itself was constructed circa 1850, so suffice to say it’s seen a huge amount of change in its time – most of which has been layered onto its peeling walls. It’s an eclectic mix of new and old-school, like a great aunt who insists on wearing New Balance trainers and having a sherry at 11 am.
Inside, the pub is wood-panelled and decorated with a curious mix of angel wings, collaged floral wallpaper, framed mirrors that hang from the ceiling, sculptural light fightings and antlers. The finished look is New-Age hunting lodge with a whiff of Marie Antoinette.
The ground floor is spacious enough but there are also rooms upstairs available for private hire. On the first floor, there’s a bar designed with quilting to add to the fading Palace of Versailles aesthetic, overlooked by several garden gnomes. Meanwhile the floor to ceiling windows make the space feel breezy, offering views down Commercial Street towards Old Spitalfields Market.
Aside from drinks, there are also sourdough pizzas on offer — ideal for when a quick pint turns into a much longer session and you need to line your stomach. They’re definitely on the upper end of the pub grub scale, with combinations such as hot chorizo, aubergine & goats cheese, and the classic ham & mushroom.
Like we said, new and old school.
Words by Immy Smith
NOTE: Commercial Tavern is open daily from noon. You can find out more, and book, HERE.
Commercial Tavern | 142–144 Commercial Street, London, E1 6NU
While you’re in the neighbourhood… check out these excellent Shoreditch restaurants.
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