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  • The Old Shades, 
  • 37 Whitehall, 
  • Westminster, 
  • London, 
  • SW1A 2BX
0207 839 8577
Opening Hours:
12:00 - 21:00
Food Service Times:
12:00 - 20:00
The Old Shades

An iconic Grade II listed traditional pub situated in the heart of Westminster, just off Trafalgar Square. We specialise in the best of British pub food, including crispy, beer-battered fish and chips, homemade pies and delicious seasonal specials. All served alongside some of country’s best beers and ales, plus a worldly selection of the finest wines and premium spirits.

Christmas on Whitehall

From festive feasting, to after work drinks, and even the office Christmas do, we can do it all here at The Old Shades.

Classic pub food

Food is served throughout the day, every day – with a range of menus to satisfy any appetite. We’ve got all your favourite pub classics, proper pub sandwiches and a seasonal specials menu to choose from. So, whether it’s our gourmet burgers, prime steaks or show-stopping roasts that take your fancy, you’ll find our menus are bursting with tasty and freshly prepared dishes that you’ll be dying to dive into.

Traditional Sunday Lunch

Keeping up the Great British tradition of enjoying Sunday lunch in the pub, if you're looking for the best Sunday pub roast around Westminster and Trafalgar Square, look no further.

Welcome to the Old Shades

The Old Shades is an iconic Grade II listed traditional pub on Whitehall, that has been serving the people of London since it was originally built in 1898. Ideally situated in the heart of Westminster, just off Trafalgar Square, we’re the perfect pitstop to experience a proper British pub.

Featuring a characterful bar, dining area and a range of quality British ales, The Old Shades serves a varied menu of the nation’s much-loved pub classics and light bites alongside a wide selection of the finest world wines and premium spirits.

As the festive season is upon us it’s time to book your next visit to avoid disappointment!

We’d encourage you to book ahead of your visit and download the Young’s On Tap app to order and pay at the table to beat the queue at the bar.

Let’s talk turkey

Whether you’re planning the office Christmas do, or a festive feast with friend you haven’t seen all year, get in touch with us today to plan your festive visit.

From popping-bottles at the weekend, to those one-more-for-the-road nights after work, we would love to celebrate Christmas with you this year.

Get in touch with Martin and the team today and let us do all the hard work to get Christmas all wrapped up.

Young’s On Tap

Combat the queues at the bar and download our app to order from the comfort of your table.

From ordering and paying for food and drinks, to booking your next visit, and even controlling the music, the Young’s On Tap has it all.


Download our app Youngs On Tap ahead of your visit for a reduced contact experience. Use the app to order to your table, and to split and pay your bill.

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Lovely cosy getaway out of the rat race of Whitehall. You might even see the odd famous face or politician hiding in the back.


Great food. Needed fish & chips, believe I got the best.  Great drinks, amazing food, nice atmosphere and good service.
Highly recommended


Staff were great, the service at the bar was exceptional, food was lovely and very good value, and the pub is a warm, friendly and attractive venue. Even amongst the wonderful pubs of Whitehall, the Old Shades stands out as a great pub.


The food and drink were delicious, I got the fish and chips and my friend went for the bangers and mash, both were excellent. They went above and beyond for us, highly recommend if you want a traditional but up-to-date pub!