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Dirty Dicks

202 Bishopsgate , Shoreditch, London  EC2M 4NR View Map.

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Tel. 0207 2835888

pub opening times meal times
Monday - Thursday 11am - 12mn
Friday & Saturday 11am - 1am
Sunday 11am - 10.30pm
Please note the late licence Monday - Saturday is at managers discretion
Monday - Saturday 11am - 9.30pm
Sunday 11am - 8pm

About Us

Dirty Dicks has been a city institution in the heart of Bishopsgate, close t... Read more

About our venue

Dirty Dicks has been a city institution in the heart of Bishopsgate, close to Liverpool Street tube station, since 1745. Steeped in history it is thought to have inspired Dickens interpretation of Miss Haversham in Great Expectations. Set over three levels this deeply traditional pub has an abundance of timber beams, panelling and exposed brick. At street level the main bar is a dimly lit, windowless cavern of dark stained wood. The upstairs bar forms a gallery and the vaulted cellar, which pre-dates the upper floors. The top floor houses our restaurant. There are plenty of leaning posts to rest your pint on. Food ranges from traditional British dishes to modern European twists. Our famous fish & chips has to be tasted! All is freshly cooked to order. To complement your meal there is an excellent selection of wines to choose from or the full range of Young's cask ales if preferred. You can enjoy your meal or drink on any of the three floors, matching the atmosphere to your mood. During the week we attract a good mix of traders and City people. Friday night we are 'the' place to meet for young people heading for Shoreditch and Brick Lane. Saturday welcomes mainly visitors and those going on to football and rugby matches. Be sure to call in next time you're in town.

Nathaniel Bentley was an ironmonger who had a shop in Leadenhall Street.  On the eve of his wedding, tragedy struck.  His bride-to-be died.  So distraught was Nathaniel that he locked up the room in which he had prepared the wedding feast, never to enter it again.  A broken man, he neither washed nor changed his clothes.  When his cats died he just left them.It is thought that Dickens used this tale as the inspiration for Miss Haversham in Great Expectations. The English love an eccentric and his notoriety meant his business flourished.  When Nathaniel retired in 1804, the landlord of the Old Port Wine Shop in Bishopsgate bought the contents lock, stock and dead cats.  He put them on display at his pub and renamed it 'Dirty Dick's'. In 1870 the pub was rebuilt from ground level, the wine vaults are part of the original building. The 'dirty' contents were carefully relocated in the new pub. Sadly it was decided in the mid nineteen-eighties that a clean up was in order and the dirty artefacts were cleared away.



Good Pub Food, all freshly prepared in-house and cooked to order. Served fro...Read more

Our food

Good Pub Food, all freshly prepared in-house and cooked to order. Served from a main menu including traditional & modern European dishes. Also a snack menu which include sandwiches, jacket potatoes and sharing platters. Additional choices are on our Specials board.

Meal Times

Monday - Saturday 11am - 9.30pm
Sunday 11am - 8pm


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Private Parties

As we are set on three floors we can cater for private parties - you can choose the area which best suits your needs. Buffet menus & platters available. We are often used as a film location venue. The whole venue is available for private hire at weekends. Please do not hesitate to contact us to discuss your requirements.


  • Free Wi-Fi Access
  • Wheelchair Access


  • Children Welcome when dining until 9.30pm
  • Coach Parties Welcome preferably by prior arrangement
  • Debit and Credit Cards accepted