Admiral Duncan

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A famous Soho gay bar on Old Compton Street, operating continuously since the early 19th century. There's much more to the Admiral Duncan's history than the well-documented tragedy of 1999 - it once housed a wooden-legged ex-sailor sent to Australia for throwing stones at King William IV, for example. It takes its name from the chap who defeated the Dutch at the Battle of Camperdown.

Today it remains a friendly Soho stalwart not afraid of getting a little raucous on occasion. Expect a mixed crowd drinking continental beers, pints of Guinness and wines from a short list. Entertainment comes from a jukebox filled with hits from the 80s and 90s, as well as cabaret and drag acts at the weekends. There's a dancefloor too, should the temptation take you.


Venue name: Admiral Duncan
Address: 54 Old Compton Street
Opening hours: Open noon-11pm Mon-Thur; noon-midnight Fri, Sat; noon-10.30pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Leicester Square tube
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Richard Goffin-Lecar

My wife and I ended up here on my birthday after seeing Jersey Boys. It so happened that it was also the fourteenth anniversary of the bomb attack that killed three people, and injured around seventy others. Despite this, the atmosphere was fantastic! it was a real party. Three fabulous drag queens, Tanya Hyde, Baga Chyps, amd Mrs Moore, were onstage, giving it one hundred per cent. Absolutely hilarious! Whatever your orientation, LGBT or straight, if you enjoy humour, great music, a fantastic party atmosphere, and don't mind seeing other people enjoying themselves, in whatever way they see fit, Checkout the Admiral Duncan - It's FANTASTIC! We loved it!