Records show that an Inn was built on this site in the early 18th century. The current building was adopted as the Japanese Ambassadorâ€™s house and was linked to the embassy via an underground tunnel. Following the First World War, it returned to use as a public house. In 1976 a terrorist attack on the hotel next door resulted in a spray of bullets hitting the pub.
Customers and staff bravely fought back using bottles and glasses! A bullet hole can still be seen in the panelling around the ground floor hoist. In his best seller â€˜Sunbirdsâ€™, Wilbur Smith mentions having a nice pint in the Barley Mow. The Barley Mow cannot fail to impress even the most discerning of pub lovers. Take a moment to enjoy a relaxed pint after pounding the pavements of nearby Oxford Street.