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  • The Old Shades, 
  • 37 Whitehall, 
  • Westminster, 
  • London, 
  • SW1A 2BX
0207 839 8577
Opening Hours:
12:00 - 17:00
Food Service Times:
12:00 - 16:00
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.

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.

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.

Young’s On Tap

Download our app ahead of your visit to order and pay at the table, making it easier to enjoy social distancing for both you and our team. You can also choose the music and split the bill.

We’ll also reward you from time to time for being a loyal app user, from complimentary pints to coffee and even overnight stays in our Young’s Hotels.

£10 off when you spend £30 dining with us

Our gift to you in 2022

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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!