Sussex Arms pub bombing

On 12 October 1992, the Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA) detonated a bomb that had been planted in the gents' toilets at the Sussex Arms pub in Upper St Martins Lane near Long Acre, London, killing one person and injuring seven.[1][2]

Sussex Arms pub bombing
Part of the Troubles
LocationSussex Arms, Long Acre, Covent Garden, City of Westminster, London, United Kingdom
Date12 October 1992
13:30 (UTC)
Attack type
PerpetratorProvisional Irish Republican Army

A telephone call to a radio station was made at 1:21, nine minutes before the bomb exploded, saying a bomb had been placed "in the Leicester Square area"; a tourist-frequented spot in London.

The bomb exploded at 1:30pm, injuring 8 people. One of the wounded - thirty-year-old nurse David Heffer - died from injuries in hospital.[3] It was the eighth IRA bomb in London in a six day period.[4]

It was the first IRA pub bombing in England to kill people since the November 1974 Birmingham pub bombings, and the first IRA pub bombing in Britain causing injuries since the Hare and Hounds pub bombing in Lower Boxley Road in Kent in September 1975, when two police officers were injured in an IRA car bomb.[5]


  1. ^ Moore, Steve (21 September 2015). "Jeremy Corbyn's Inconvenient Truth".
  2. ^ Robinson, Eugene (13 October 1992). "BOMB IN LONDON PUB INJURES SEVEN" – via
  3. ^ "IRA pub blast victim dies of his injuries". 14 October 1992.
  4. ^ and, William E. Schmidt (13 October 1992). "5 HURT IN LONDON BY ANOTHER BOMB". The New York Times.
  5. ^ " - Digital Newspaper & Magazine Subscriptions".

Coordinates: 51°30′44″N 0°07′36″W / 51.5121°N 0.1268°W / 51.5121; -0.1268