Fitzrovia pubs: 11. The Ship, 134 New Cavendish Street

By Mike Pentelow

Pub sign showing skull and cross bones pirate flag.

The Ship, 134 New Cavendish Street (corner of Hanson Street).

A full size snooker table owned by ex-world champion John Pulman (1923-98) was available for hire upstairs at this pub throughout the 1970s and 80s.

Pulman, who was world champion from 1957 to 1968, kept it here so he could practise when in London. Later he became a television commentator on the sport. Live coverage of the 1980 Embassy world championship was interrupted by the Iranian embassy siege in London, and when it returned Pulman famously said: “Welcome back…from one embassy to another.”

The pub is a favourite of the BBC Radio DJ Steve Lamacq.

The pub dates back to at least 1809.

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