Dating back to 1730, The Newman Arms is a gem of a pub in the heart of Fitzrovia. It has been frequented regularly by a number of famous characters over the years, including George Orwell and Dylan Thomas. George Orwell even based the “Proles” pub in his dystopian novel Nineteen Eighty-Four on The Newman’s and it featured again in his Keep the Aspidistra Flying. The pub also featured in a scene in Michael Powell’s film Peeping Tom.
Prior to being a pub in 1860, the building was previously home to a candle maker, an iron monger and a picture framer. At one point it was even a brothel and a lady of the night in historical costume is painted onto a bricked-over upstairs window in reference to this.
In 2017 the iconic pub closed before it was reopened by Truman’s a year later, the first pub that Truman’s had opened since being re-founded in 2010 with a focus on serving great beers and homemade food, specialising in pies handmade daily in the kitchen.