|Venue : Head & Tails, West Smithfield, City of London. EC1A 9HE|
|Reviewed : December 2006||Telephone : 020 7600 0700|
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|Facilities : Food.|
The Head & Tails is situated on eastern end of West Smithfield and in the fine City tradition of turning former Banks into pubs, is in the former Lloyds Bank building (erected 1885). Between the Bank and now, 64-66 has been a Pizza Express and a Jamies Bar and now Head & Tails. Overlooking Smithfields meat market the Head & Tails is a large and tastefully decorated bar, their meat is sourced directly from Smithfields, giving a local supportive feel. There is a large upper mezzanine floor as well as the main bar, the whole venue can hold 250, so it's a fair size bar.
Cloth Fair Chambers is just around the corner and St Bartholomew's Hospital
a little to the south, there are tabelts on the wall of St Bartholomew
marking the site of public execution which took place throughout the
centuries; in 1305 Sir William Wallace, leader of the Scots, was hung,
drawn and quartered on this site. Another tablet marks the site of the
16th century religious executions, when John Rogers, vicar of nearby
St Sepuchre's, and sveral other protestant martyrs, were burnt alive
on the order of Queen Mary I.