WETHERSPOONS might be known for being a cheap and cheerful pub, but it is often lauded for bringing beautiful old buildings back to life, using its history to renovate them to their former glory.
We’ve rounded up the 10 most stunning Wetherspoons to add to your pub crawl, from former cinemas to old bingo halls.
1. Opera House, Royal Tunbridge Wells
The stunning Opera House in Royal Tunbridge Wells was, perhaps rather obviously, an opera house when it first opened in 1902.
It was turned into a cinema in the 1930s, and then a bingo hall, before finally becoming a Wetherspoons pub.
But despite the fact that the building hasn’t been an opera house for almost 100 years, it’s still kept many of its features, including the original booths and stalls.
2. The Winter Gardens, Harrogate
The Winter Gardens had once been part of the Royal Baths in Harrogate and was a place where visitors could relax any time of the year.
It originally opened in 1897, and was commissioned by Richard Ellis, a man who has been dubbed “the father of Victorian Harrogate”.
The pub today has kept many of the original features, including its impressive glass ceiling.
3. The Corn Exchange, Bury St Edmunds
Behind the impressive exteriors of The Corn Exchange in Bury St Edmunds is an even more impressive interior featuring a grand glass ceiling.
The Grade I listed building originally opened as a place for merchants and Victorian farmers to trade in 1862.
Its modern use is very reminiscent of history – there are shops on the ground floor with the pub located on the top floor.
4. The Royal Victoria Pavilion, Ramsgate
The Royal Victoria Pavilion in Ramsgate is actually the biggest Wetherspoons in the world.
It is housed in a stunning building that dates back to the Victorian and Edwardian periods and is now Grade II listed.
And it is now the perfect place for a pint with a view of the sea.
5. The Velvet Coaster, Blackpool
Another seaside Wetherspoons is The Velvet Coaster in Blackpool.
The pub is named after a fairground ride, one of the original rollercoasters where people sat in velvet-lined carriages that rolled down wooden tracks.
But while named after a historic ride, the pub itself is incredibly modern, with views of the Lancashire coast.
6. The Caley Picture House, Edinburgh
The Caley Picture House in Edinburgh looks like it could feature in the Great Gatsby with its navy and gold decor.
The building had once been part of a hotel before being converted into a cinema.
Some of the original features remain including the large screen area and the balcony, with the upstairs having the best views.
7. The Palladium, Llandudno
The Palladium in Llandudno was originally a cinema, first opening in the 1920s.
But it was no simple cinema – the interiors featured seating on three floors, including stalls, dress circle and balcony, so it could be used as a theatre as well.
Many of these features still remain in the pub today, now it is a Wetherspoons.
8. The Counting House, Glasgow
If you’re looking for somewhere to spend your money, there’s nowhere more apt than The Counting House in Glasgow.
The building was once owned by the Bank of Scotland and was designed in the Italian Renaissance style.
Many of the bank’s features remain, and you can even have a pint in the vault underground.
9. Hamilton Hall, London
Right next to Liverpool Street Station in London is Hamilton Hall, which was once been the ballroom of the Great Eastern Hotel.
While relatively plain from the outside, the interior is decked with gold and even features a chandelier.
And if you go upstairs, the elaborate ceiling will leave you no doubt about its past as an impressive ballroom.
10. The Knights Templar, London
Another impressive pub is The Knights Templar, which is housed in a former Union Bank building.
It’s named after Warrior Monks – who you may have come across in the Da Vinci Code – and you’ll see lots of references to the ancient order in the pub.
But perhaps bizarrely, it’s best known for its particularly posh toilets, which features a female statue inside.