Fitzrovia pubs: 10. Crown and Sceptre, 26-27 Foley Street

By Mike Pentelow

Pub sign showing crown
Crown and Sceptre on the corner of Foley Street and Great Titchfield Street.

Aneurin “Nye” Bevan, the founder of the National Health Service, and his wife Jennie Lee, creator of the Open University, drank in this pub at the end of Nye’s life when they lived at 35 Gosfield Street.

It was also the local of journalist John McCarthy, who worked at the nearby office of World Television News until he was kidnapped in Lebanon in 1986. There was a huge celebration at the pub when he was realeased after more than five years.

The pub dates back to at least 1826.

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