I have previously written on the Kit Cat Club http://474towin.blogspot.com/2008/06/come-on-down-to-kit-cat-club.html which Sir Richard Steele was a leading member of...
But this pub location is largely rooted in the former house that stood nearby that Richard Steele lived in - it is described as a cottage but I have a sense that that is cottage in the sense of pretty grand place for 18th century england...
This was demolished in 1867 and now we have Steele's Road, Steele's Mews and Steele's Studios.
Time Out is pretty colourful on the pub today:
Sir Richard Steele
"This old boozer oozes battered character: hand-painted Sistine-esque friezes, dripping candles and weird papier-mâché oddities hanging from the ceiling. Suffice to say it's the antithesis of the Hill (see above) across the road. There's real ale - Flowers IPA, Spitfire et al - on tap and a great Sunday roast, as well as the now standard pub Thai food. And since some of the less salubrious locals have been turfed out, the vibe has improved no end. Expect everyone from quietly loaded Belsize Parkers cosying up in the snugs to pint-downing students in the beer garden preparing for a night out in Camden. "
Time Out Bars, Pubs & Clubs Guide 2008/9