Must we kiss goodbye to Rathbone Street’s young lady of the night?

Painting of woman at window.

Above the Newman Arms pub in Rathbone Street there is a bricked up window with a picture of a young woman. In the painting she can be seen in a nightdress and little cap which partly covers her long red hair. She peers down onto the street below with her bare arms resting against the horizontal …

A taste of Cornwall comes to famous Rathbone Street pub

Front of historic pub.

The Newman Arms, on the corner of Rathbone Street and Newman Passage, has a fascinating history, and it is just entering a new and exciting chapter. It became a pub in 1860 after previous stints as a candle-makers, an ironmongers, a picture-framers and a brothel. In recent years an image of an old-fashioned prostitute was …

Newman Arms aka ‘the proles pub’ bought by Shaftesbury plc

Front of public house.

A pub where George Orwell used to drink and is widely assumed to be the setting for the proles pub in his dystopian novel Nineteen Eighty-Four has been bought by West End property owners Shaftesbury plc who say they will continue to operate it as a public house. The pub has been closed since the beginning of the …