Sir Sidney Smith public house, 22 Dock Street

1936, public house built for Truman Hanbury Buxton Ltd

The Sir Sidney Smith public house, 22 Dock Street
Contributed by Survey of London on March 5, 2019

The Sir Sidney Smith public house was present on this site as such by 1816, named after the naval hero of the American and French wars, Admiral Sir William Sidney Smith. It was rebuilt in 1936 for Truman, Hanbury, Buxton Ltd through A. E. Sewell, the firm’s architect, and W. Loweth & Sons Ltd of Clapton, builders. A plain and nicely proportioned four-storey brick-faced pub, a faience name plaque specifies ‘Sir Sydney Smith’. Even so, it was renamed Pepper Pot House in 1998, but after a brief closure around 2015 reopened under its old name, salvation possibly due to the arrival of a youth hostel opposite.1

  1. London Metropolitan Archives, CLC/B/192/F/001/MS11936/475/925514; District Surveyors Returns: Post Office Directories: Tower Hamlets Local History Library and Archives, B/THB/D/231 

Sir Sydney Smith public house, Dock Street, in 2018
Contributed by Derek Kendall