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London Pubs and Bars - Jamaica Wine House, Bank EC3V 9DS - Detail


15 St. Michaels Alley
off Cornhill

Monday: 11:00-23:00
Tuesday: 11:00-23:00
Wednesday: 11:00-23:00
Thursday: 11:00-23:00
Friday: 11:00-23:00
Saturday: closed
Sunday: closed
Shepherd Neame Brewery
Venue Style : City Boozer
Nearest Rail : London Bridge/Cannon Street/Fenchurch Street/Liverpool Street
Nearest Tube : Bank/Monument
Local Buses : 25, 133
Description : Tucked away in St Michael’s Alley, part of a labyrinth of charming medieval courts and alleys off Cornhill and Lombard Street, the Jamaica Wine House was originally London’s first coffee house, which opened in 1652 and counted Samuel Pepys among its earliest patrons. The Jamaica Wine House now also has a secret Wine Bar below it's traditional ale-lead ground floor. The cellar plays host to an intimate and secluded bar with a delicious and excitingly different food menu to that of the upstairs bar. A wide range of both old and new world wines awaits the wine lover, as well as an extensive range of premium spirits and continental lagers. Known as TODD'S WINE BAR, this truly is a new and hidden city gem.

Open from Monday to Friday, the pub, known locally as “the Jampot”, is the perfect venue for City workers to meet or to relax and for tourists to soak up the atmosphere and history of the Square Mile.

The red stone building you see today dates back to 1869 and its wood-panelled bar and high ceilings retain their Victorian character and many original features – the pub even has the original 19th century cooker used to roast coffee beans.

As well as City folk, who love to gather in the alley outside on warm evenings after work, the pub is also a haunt of bell-ringers and walking tours.

The Jamaica Wine House serves a wide selection of traditional Kentish cask ales, kept in perfect condition, as well as distinctive international lagers and a good choice of wines.


*The pub was acquired by Shepherd Neame in April 2009

*The pub serves: Spitfire, Bishops Finger, Master Brew, and changing seasonal Kentish Ale

*The lantern outside the pub was voted the second largest in the city of london, according to a London Drinker guide

*The pub has both a Master of Beer certificate,and a Casque Marque award.

*The pub has the original wrought Iron cooking stove still in the building. It is visible to the public outside the restaurant area, and there is also one down in the cellar.

*The pub has been the site of much filming over the years, including BBC's "Lewis" drama, where a young woman was brutally murdered in our cellar. Eep!

*An old ledger that dates back to 1900s was found in the pub a few years ago. In it details the accounts of the business as it was back then, a coffee and trading house. One for the historians..

*The step at the front of the pub dates back hundreds of years, and the stone slab has now formed a beautiful slope through years of footfall and business.

*Our Jampot Club sandwich is legendary. You must come and give it a try..

Webpage last updated on Wednesday, 9th January 2013