Champion the Wonder Pub

The Champion, that fine Sam Smith's pub on Wells Street, is well known for its excellent stained glass.


This little pub, near the eastern end of Oxford Street is a multi-coloured gem. It's the next best thing to having a pint of Alpine in a cathedral.


Inside the Champion Pub, Wells Street
Inside the Champion Pub, Wells Street

The Grade II listed pub dates from c.1860-1870 but the Victorian and Edwardian heroes and heroines are actually a quite recent addition. They were commissioned from stained glass artist Ann Sotheran and were completed in 1989, over a century after the pub first opened.


I couldn't find a full set of photos anywhere on the internet. So to remedy that, here are images and the accompanying text for all the major panels.


DAVID LIVINGSTONE Originally sent to Africa as a missionary, he explored and mapped vast areas of the continent. 1813-1873
David Livingstone Window at Champion Pub

David Livingstone Window at Champion Pub
David Livingstone
CAPT. MATTHEW WEBB Was the first to swim the English Channel (30 miles in 21 hours) he died swimming across Niagara Falls. 1848-1883
Capt Matthew Webb window at Champion Pub

Capt Matthew Webb
Capt Matthew Webb
EDWARD WHYMPER Became a traveller and mountaineer first man to climb the Matterhorn and Chimborazo in the Andes 1840-1911
EDWARD WHYMPER window at Champion Pub

Edward Whymper
Edward Whymper
THE CHAMPION
The Champion stained glass window

VRI [Victoria Regina Imperatrix] 1837-1901
Queen Victoria's reign stained glass

EARL OF MAYO Richard Bourke an ideal Viceroy and one of the best loved of the rulers of British India 1823-1872
Earl of Mayo stained glass window Champion Pub

Richard Bourke, Earl of Mayo
Richard Bourke, Earl of Mayo

W.G. GRACE A legendary figure whose all round ability and enthusiasm dominated cricket for over thirty years 1848-1915
W.G. Grace window at Champion pub

W.G. Grace
W.G. Grace
FLORENCE NIGHTINGALE Gained professional status for nurses and raised hospital standards, especially in the Crimea 1820-1910
Florence Nightingale window Champion Pub

Florence Nightingale
Florence Nightingale
BOB FITZSIMMONS “Ruby Robert” is the only Englishman to win three world titles at different weights 1862-1917
Bob Fitzsimmons window at Champion pub

Bob Fitzsimmons "Ruby Robert"
Bob Fitzsimmons "Ruby Robert"
YOUNG TOM MORRIS Won four consecutive Open Championships, the first at the age of 17 1851-1875
Young Tom Morris window at Champion Pub

Young Tom Morriss
Young Tom Morris
CAPT BERTIE DWYER “Flying” Bertie Dwyer was one of the early Cresta riders, a President of the St Moritz Tobogganing Club and winner of several trophies 1872-1967
Capt Bertie Dwyer window at Champion pub

"Flying” Bertie Dwyer
"Flying” Bertie Dwyer
FRED ARCHER Possibly the greatest jockey ever, being Champion jockey for thirteen consecutive years, with twenty-one Classic victories 1857-1886
Fred Archer window at Champion pub

Fred Archer
Fred Archer
WILLIAM M. RENSHAW Winner of seven singles and seven doubles cups, he with his brother, made Lawn Tennis into a sport 1861-1904
William M Renshaw window Champion pub

William M. Renshaw
William M. Renshaw

The Champion pub

12-13 Wells Street

London W1T 3PA