The Queen Victoria Public House, simply known as the Queen Victoria, Queen Vic or The Vic by the locals, is the local pub in Albert Square which has been the centre of drama since the very first episode was broadcast It is the only pub for the next 5 miles. The Queen Vic has recently changed hands with Sharon Watts and Ian Beale currently owning the Vic, after Mick and Linda Carter.
During the early years of the show, the Queen Vic had a partition wall down the middle of the bar, which separated it into two sections. The smaller section, known as the 'snug', housed a dart board and fruit machines, whilst the larger section, known as the saloon bar, was used primarily as the customer seating area. Den Watts , who was the landlord at the time got permission from the brewery that owned The Queen Vic to remove the partition in October 1985, and hired Tony Carpenter to do the job.
- 1 History
- 2 Staff
- 3 Current Residents
- 4 Former Residents
- 5 Owner/Licensee
- 6 Deaths & Injury
- 7 Gallery
The Queen Victoria was built in 1860's and originally had two bars the public and the saloon. In 1985 publican Den Watts decided to dismantle the partitions between the two bars, so it became one. During the early years of EastEnders the pub was owned by the brewery Luxford & Copley who then rented it out to the Watts family.
Den and Angie Watts took control of the Vic in 1975, In 1986 after Den divorced Angie on Christmas Day, Den's mistress Jan becomes the landlady for a few months, before Den splits up with her. Meanwhile Angie begins running the new rival pub in the Square named ' The Dagmar', owned by James Willmott-Brown. On New Year's Eve 1987, at the party in The Vic, Angie demands that she runs The Vic again with Den. In 1988, Angie leaves The Vic and Walford for Spain after telling Den that they will both run a new pub together. Den, falling for her plan, signs the lease of the pub over to Frank Butcher and his barmaid Pat Wicks. After Den finds out Angie's plan, it is to late for him to keep The Vic. Den goes on to run Strokes wine bar, which is a front for a criminal gang called 'The Firm". His involvement with the gang led to his (fake) death in 1989.
Pat and Frank gave up The Vic in 1990 to run the B&B. This was because Janine was young and Frank and Pat found it hard to look after Janine and run the pub. Den and Angie's daughter Sharon Watts and Simon Wicks managed the pub until the brewery found a new landlord. The brewery found Eddie Royle, who was an ex-policeman. He later invited his Irish fiancee Eibhlin O'Donnell to live with him after they were engaged in April 1991. However, this was short-lived as Eddie was stabbed in the Albert Square Gardens by Nick Cotton.
After Eddie's death, the brewery decide to sell The Vic off. Sharon Watts (Den and Angie's daughter) and partner Grant Mitchell and brother Phil Mitchell, buy the pub off the Brewery. Sharon's name is put above the door, due to Phil and Grant having criminal records. In 1993, Phil decides to sell his share of The Vic to Sharon and Grant, who are married by this time.
In 1994, after Sharon's affair with Phil Mitchell, Grant forces Sharon out of The Vic on Christmas Day. Sharon returns in 1995 and even though it breaks her heart she signs the deeds to The Queen Vic over to Peggy Mitchell, making her the new landlady.
Peggy and Grant own the Vic until 1996, when Peggy and Frank Butcher get together and marry. Grant decides to give his 50% share of The Vic to his brother Phil, who sells his share to Dan Sullivan for £5.00. With Dan as the new landlord he starts making Peggy and Frank's lives hell and in a game of cards Phil tricks Dan in to signing an amendment to the deeds signing his share over to Peggy and Frank making them the sole owners.
In 1999, Peggy and Frank split up after his affair with his ex-wife, Pat Evans. Frank leaves the square shortly after leaving Peggy in serious debt with The Vic. This leads to Peggy selling The Vic unknowingly in 2001 to Sharon Watts. Sharon and her ex-brother-in-law Phil Mitchell get back together and Phil buys Steve Owen's share of The Vic .In 2002, After Angie Watts dies in Spain, Sharon decides to make a new start without The Vic, and sells her share to Phil. Sharon then buys the E20 nightclub from Beppe di Marco, and renames it Angie's Den, after both her parents.
Peggy once again becomes landlady of The Vic and runs the pub for Phil until she decides to leave and live with Grant, leaving Bar Manager Alfie Moon to run the pub. When Phil is accused of armed robbery, he signs all of his business interests over to his sister Sam Mitchell so she become power of attorney, including the pub. In 2004, Sam gets conned out of The Vic by ex-landlord Den Watts after his return from the dead.
In February 2005, Den is killed by wife Chrissie Watts and is buried under concrete in the cellar of the pub. Chrissie forges Den's signature on The Vic's deed of transfer, and takes over control of The Vic. In July 2005, In November 2005 Chrissie try to do a runner out of Walford so sell the Queen Vic to Ian Beale but Chrissie is caught and exposed as Den's murderer, and is arrested. Before Chrissie Watts would speak to the police she wanted to talk to Sharon Watts where she told her she'd forged Den's signature on The Vic's deed of transfer, which meant as Den daughter she inherited the The Queen Vic. Sharon decides to sell the pub to the Phil Mitchell with Peggy once again for a third time becoming landlady.
In 2009, Christmas Eve, Peggy's estranged husband Archie Mitchell and his new fiancee Janine Butcher take over The Vic. Later on Christmas Day, Archie throws out Janine, and is later killed by Stacey Branning by the famous Queen Vic Bust. In Archie's will, he leaves The Vic to daughter Roxy Mitchell making her the newest landlady.
Roxy is in charge of The Vic until September 2010 when she admits that she can't run The Vic properly, so signs the pub back to Peggy, making her the owner of the Vic for the second time, and landlady for a fourth time.
In 2010, after Phil Mitchell sets fire to The Vic in a drug fuelled rage, Peggy heartbroken at the burnt out wreckage of her beloved pub and seeing the damage she has caused to Phil leaves and a short while later signs The Vic over to Phil. With no interest in running The Vic himself , Phil decides to rent The Vic to ex-bar manager Alfie Moon and his wife Kat making them the new landlord and landlady as well as the licensees.
After Kat has an affair with Derek Branning in 2012, she leaves the pub, leaving Alfie in charge until he gets with ex-landlady and Phil’s cousin, Roxy, who becomes the new landlady until November 2013. Alfie and his new wife Roxy split up and Alfie goes back to ex-wife Kat. However, this is short-lived as Phil announces that he is selling the Vic.
On Christmas Day 2013, Phil is due to sell The Vic to ex-landlady Janine Butcher, temporarily. After she is arrested for murder, the pub is sold to Mick and Linda Carter, the brother and sister-in-law of Shirley Carter.
In 2014, when Mick and Linda discover a damp problem in the cellar, which Phil never told them about when he sold the pub, they resort to getting a loan from Mick's estranged grandfather, Stan, for the repairs to The Vic's cellar. Stan's condition for giving them the loan is that they have to sign a share of The Vic over to his daughter and Mick's mother, Shirley, making her co-landlady and co-licensee, along with Mick and Linda.
In 2017, Woody Woodward become the new bar manager. In April, Shirley and Linda Carter sold the freehold to the Queen Vic with out Mick’s consent, to a business called Grafton Hill and, the company now own the building. Grafton Hill employs Fi Browning as Accountants Manager of the Pub. Fi Browning tell Shirley and Woody they have too many staff and need to sack two. Woody later sack Tracey and Sharon. In May 2017 Mick returns to the Square and Sacks Woody.
In 2020, Mick and Linda decide it is time to sell the pub due to Linda's alcoholism. So they put it up for sale and Phil and his wife, Sharon, are interested but they break up and Phil is determined to buy the Vic before Sharon does. It was revealed on the very last episode of EastEnders (until September 2020) that there was a mystery buyer and Phil comes round to have Mick and Linda sign them but Mick says someone already bought it, much to Phil's anger. When they walk out they see Phil's estranged wife, Sharon Watts, behind the bar with her best friend, Ian Beale, on the other side of the bar. Phil is furious and Sharon says her iconic line "Hello Phil. What can I get ya?"
|Ian Beale||Owner/Landlord||2005, 2020-|
|Sharon Watts||Owner/Landlady/Licencee||1991-1995, 2001-02, 2020-|
|Little Mo Mitchell||Bartender||2004-2006|
|Roxy Mitchell||Bartender||2007-2009, 2010, 2012-2013|
|Pat Butcher||Bartender||1988-90, 2000, 2010|
|Peggy Mitchell||Bartender/Owner||1994-2001, 2002, 2005-09, 2010|
|Babe Smith||Bartender/Food Preperation||2014-17|
|Sharon Mitchell||Landlady/FullTime Barmaid Part-Time Barmaid/Assistant Manager||1991-94|
|Stacey Fowler||Barmaid||2010, 2017-2018|
|Callum 'Halfway' Highway||Barman||2018-2019|
|Sharon Watts||1975-88, 1991-95, 2001-2002, 2020-|
|Ray Sewell||1930's & 1940's|
|Lil Sewell||1930's & 1940's|
|Gus Leonard||Prior to 1975|
|Flo Leonard||Prior to 1975|
|Alf Barrett||Prior to 1975|
|Polly Barrett||Prior to 1975|
|Johnny Carter||2013-2014, 2016-2018|
|Jean Slater||2019 (temporary)|
|Callum 'Halfway' Highway||2018-2019|
Deaths & Injury
There has been 4 deaths within the premises. There has also been 3 deaths right outside of the premises.
Inside the Premises/ Accidents In The Building
|Name||Year||Cause Of Death/ Injury|
|Tom Clements||April 1988||Heart Attack|
|Den Watts||18 February 2005||He was hit over the head by a cast iron metal doorstop by Zoe Slater. Chrissie later delivers the fatal blow using the doorstop and Den dies instantly.|
|Archie Mitchell||25 December 2009||Stacey Branning used The Queen Vic Bust to murder him|
|Linda Carter||8th May 2015||Fallen Down The Stairs And Waters Broke|
|Ollie Carter||Early 2016||Fell over in his highchair.|
|Sylvie Carter||30th March 2017||Sylvie died on 30th March 2017, after pulling a radio into the bath, while her great grandson Johnny, sorted the fuse box out.|
Outside the Premises
|Name||Year||Cause Of Death/Injury|
|Tiffany Mitchell||January 1999||She was ran over by Frank Butcher and hit her head on the pavement|
|Dennis Rickman||January 2006||He was stabbed by Danny Moon|
|Bradley Branning||February 2010||He fell to his death from the roof of The Queen Vic|
|Abi Branning||25th December 2017||Fell off the roof; declared brain dead in hospital.|
|Lauren Branning||25th December 2017||Fell off roof; recovered in hospital.|