The Birdcage is a public house at 80 Columbia Road, in Shoreditch, East London.

Charlie Kray, the elder brother of Reggie and Ronnie Kray, is said to have frequented The Birdcage in the years before his death in 2000.


This pub was established by 1760 and may have been called the Kings Head in its earliest days. The Bird Cage, Virginia row in the 1849, 1854 and 1878 license transfers. The 1861 census lists the address as 1 Birdcage Walk. It is mentioned as being in Barnet street in an 1852 newspaper article, and again in Barnet Street in 1869 and 1873 directories, and 1 Wellington Row in 1871 census. Earlier address is at 68 Columbia Road. In 1831, the Bird Cage is in Crabtree Row, near Novia Scotia Gardens. In the 1841 census, the address of the Bird Cage is between Wellington Row Cottages and Barnet Street.

Along with The Royal Oak at 73 Columbia Road, The Birdcage has a close association with the famous Colombia Road Flower Market and operates as an ‘early pub’, serving traders and customers of the market from nine o’clock on Sunday mornings. There has been a street market on Columbia Road since the C19, and it gradually evolved as a flower market, moving from Saturday to Sunday as the area’s Jewish population increased. By 1900 it was one of the largest flower markets in London, and in the post-war period it grew in popularity and fame, and by the 1980s was of international repute.

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