Goodnight, Sweetheart was a popular British sitcom, in which the main character Gary Sparrow accidentally time travelled between 1990s London and the same area during the Blitz. The first time I entered The Duke pub, I felt exactly like Gary Sparrow.
Tucked away on the backstreets of Holborn, The Duke is situated in a glorious Art Deco building. Inside, chic booths for two are available, but I prefer the livelier side with old wooden tables and red decor. Downstairs, a hidden room (if open) sparkles with fairy lights and has the atmosphere to transport you right back to the 1940s. If you’re lucky enough, somebody might jump on the piano and play ‘Goodnight, Sweetheart’.
Take no notice of grumpy Londoners on various review sites – the publicans are wonderful and I’ve always had a warm welcome at the Duke. The menu isn’t too shabby either, with traditional dishes served most evenings alongside more experimental offerings. But I don’t go for the food – I go to pretend I’m a time traveller.