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Samuel Pepys immortalised it in his Diary. The playwright Ben Jonson was partial to its gimlets. Fast-forward to the present day and Three Cranes occupies a dashing Georgian townhouse opposite Mansion House tube. With an oak-panelled ground floor pub, a first floor Grill Room overseen by chef-restaurateur Henry Harris, a Private Dining Room and two well-appointed apartments, it remains the haunt of drinkers, gourmands and the great wits of the age.

The Pub

An independent pub in the heart of the City, we serve highly drinkable ales and draught lagers from craft breweries like Timothy Taylor, Portobello Brewery, Beavertown and Stiegl from Austria. In Shakespeare’s day Bordeaux merchants lined Vintry Wharf and our wine list pays homage to them with its emphasis on Old World wines. We also champion grower Champagnes from independent vineyards and a selection of cocktails. Should you feel hungry, there's a daily bar sandwich, a choice of sharing boards and sausage rolls by the inch.

The bar is open from 11am to 11pm, Monday to Friday

The Grill Room

From chef-restaurateur Henry Harris, Three Cranes offers old-fashioned British cooking (a Grill Room has existed at the pub since 1911) with a detour through the bistros and bouchons of France.

In our first-floor dining room, we serve daily-changing cuts of steak and chops, accompanied by pommes frites, salad and a choice of sauces and flavoured butters. With these are some of Henry’s signature dishes such as steak tartare or confit duck with lentils, according to seasonal produce.

The wine list has been carefully chosen, balancing familiar names with some new and interesting producers, and we also have a selection of Cognacs and Armagnacs imported from the Continent by Harris Vintners.

The Grill Room is open for lunch and dinner, Monday to Friday, with last sitting at 9pm.

To book a table please call 020 3455 7437, email
or click below to make a reservation online.

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Private Dining Room

The Private Dining Room is one of the smartest venues for roistering and merrymaking in the Square Mile. From business breakfasts to product launches, private dinners to family celebrations, we host events throughout the week for up to 30 guests — it could be a Sunday lunch party, a Champagne and canapé reception, a wine tasting, or any other idea you care to discuss with us.

The Three Cranes is available for private hire Monday - Sunday. For availability and prices please call us on 020 3455 7437 or email


The Three Cranes offers beautifully appointed serviced apartments in short walking distance from Bank and St. Paul’s. Individually styled by interior designer Liana Braune, they combine mid-century modern furniture with period features, and offer all the comforts of your own private home including a king-size bed with Egyptian cotton sheets, en suite bathroom, kitchenette, flat-screen television and wi-fi.
For availability and prices please call us on 020 3455 7437 or email


When Queen Elizabeth I ruled over this Scepter’d Isle, her royal subjects were partial to their daily pint of claret. It arrived from south-west France and was unloaded at Vintry Wharf on the north bank of the Thames. The historian and mapmaker John Stow tells us how ‘the merchants of Bordeaux craned their wines out of lighters and other vessels, and there landed and made sale of them’. At the end of each day, the river porters and watermen would repair to the Three Cranes, a popular tavern named after the Vintry's timber cranes that towered over the London skyline. Frequented by literary greats including Samuel Pepys and playwright Ben Johnson, many a jovial evening has been spent under its roof, enlivened with ales, victuals and rapier wit.

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