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To the Bull & Gate

Years ago, this was all just fields...

As late as 1840, Kentish Town was a half-rural village with a thriving community of artists and engravers. As the road network improved, the ‘Boulogne Gate’ coaching Inn - so-called to commemorate Henry VIII’s victory in France in 1544 - was a practical drop-off point for those visiting London from the north.

When the old inn was rebuilt in the grand gin palace style in 1871, a combination of historical misunderstanding, mispronunciation and poor sign-writing led to the pub being renamed as the Bull & Gate.

We’ve not forgotten our roots though, and as a nod to the decadent Henry VIII we’ve christened our new cocktail bar - Boulogne Bar, decking it out in finery fit for a king.

Of course you can’t really talk about The Bull & Gate’s history without mentioning live music. Timebox, the legendary indie night held in the pub helped to launch the careers of Blur, Coldplay and many more. We’ve not forgotten the musical heritage either; upstairs there’s a baby grand piano - a fitting addition as in the 1880’s the area was well-known for piano manufacturing.

Whilst our pianist is tickling the ivories, our team will be tickling your taste buds with fresh, local seasonal produce, craft beers, cocktails and a fine selection of wines.

So, join us and help create the next era of our pub’s history.