The Salisbury

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The Salisbury, 2012
The Salibury is a pub in St Martin's Lane, in London's West End. It was long considered the pre-eminent queer pub, so well-known that it was used as a location for the groundbreaking 1961 film Victim, starring Dirk Bogarde as a gay barrister who exposes the blackmailers that caused his ex-boyfriend’s suicide.[1] the film also features in Nighthawks a 1978 film. It is no longer particularly gay.

The Salisbury was built as part of a six-storey block around 1899 on the site of an earlier pub that had been known under several names, including the Coach & Horses and Ben Caunt's Head; it is both Grade II listed, and on CAMRA's National Inventory, due to the quality of the etched and polished glass and the carved woodwork.[2]

See Timeline of West End Bars and Clubs.

External links


  2. Heritage Pubs, National Inventory