By Mike Pentelow

Stags Head, 102 New Cavendish Street.
Stags Head, 102 New Cavendish Street.

This was the first port of call for poet Dylan Thomas most days and where his generous patron Margaret Taylor (wife of historian A J P Taylor) tried to track him down. He used to hide behind the bar from where “his hand would sneak round the flap, groping for another pint” until she had gone.

It was also frequented by the actress Ellis “Lally” Powell, who played the title role in the radio soap “Mrs Dale’s Diary” from 1948 until her heavy drinking led to her being sacked and replaced by Jessie Matthews.

A pub is shown on this site on an 1832 map and it is listed in the 1886 street directory.

This pub is featured on the Fitzrovia Crawl.