Bradley's Spanish Bar

Bars and pubs , Pubs Oxford Street
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Don't be fooled by the name: this red and yellow boozer just off Oxford Street's ropier end is not a hotspot for sherries and fine tapas (see nearby Barrica for that). In fact, it’s not even a bar. Bradley’s is definitely a pub, and with its jumble sale decor and tattered furniture, it sure puts the 'shabby' in 'shabby chic'.

But don't be put off: Londoners love Bradley’s for its low-key and unpretentious vibe. At the tiny two-floor venue, the atmosphere is warm and friendly (except for when there's a Spain v England football match on), the drinks are a fair price for area and, the real showpiece, there's a vinyl jukebox pumping out Motown classics and disco bangers in the ground-floor bar. So fond of this place are the locals that in summer months the thirsty post-work crowd forgo chairs and tables (and walls) and take to the street outside, much to the annoyance of taxi drivers who use Hanway Street as a sneaky shortcut.

Venue name: Bradley's Spanish Bar
Contact:
Address: 42-44 Hanway Street
London
W1T 1UT
Opening hours: Open noon-11pm Mon-Sat; 3-10.30pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Tottenham Court Road tube
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Noel
Staff Writer

I cannot quite compete with the been coming here for 40 years, but in the 20 years I have Bradleys Bar has never failed to deliver. Full of character. One of the best.

Marian C

I've been coming to Bradleys Bar for over 40 years, and it has always felt safe and as friendly as a holiday bar whether I've been alone or with a crowd. A little bit of utopia in the middle of a too swiftly changing city, it hasn't changed much and that is part of the joy. Apart from the ladies toilets, they're much less scary now...

Anthony H
Staff Writer

Echo all of the other reviews. Great place full of character, perfect for alfresco summer drinking. A London landmark.

Manningalive
Tastemaker

If you had asked me where to go for a drink on Oxford Street I would have probably just stared back at you blankly.  This is before I discovered Bradley’s, a quirky little pub, tucked down the side street past Primark.  It’s an intimate bar on two levels, the music is bang on, the pints good, and the service friendly.  A great spot for a central date.  Beware though you'll likely go for one drink and stay for five.

Tom W

Bradley's is for sure the best bar in the City. Once you're there you'll not want to leave and most likely be late for anything you had planned to do after calling in for a pint or 3. It's comfortable and inviting whether you are with a mate or coming in alone because conversation comes easy at Bradley's.

aidan m

Great bar, great staff, great jukebox and been there longer than 10 minutes

James C

A pearl of a bar hidden away down a side road just off Oxford Street. Lovely unmodernised (ie:unruined) décor, fantastic selection of beer and best of all, a vinyl jukebox filled with classics from the last fifty years make this my first port of call when in town!

Meriem J

It's very cosmopolite, small but there is always space for someone and fun ! And love the special nice team, Mimi, Jan... just dare !

Meriem J

It's very cosmopolite, small but there is always space for someone and fun ! And love the special nice team, Mimi, Jan... just dare !

Richard H

Cracking little bar... Reminds me of a London long gone. Love the jukebox - this place has remained an unchanged rock in London for what must be more than 25 years and I love it.

Paul J

Excellent boozer with fantastic jukebox, go along and enjoy a cracking pint or two!

Chris M

Tucked away just off Tottenham Court Road Tube, this hidden gem of a bar has a wonderful shabby chic air to it, a fine beer selection and, for me, the best bar jukebox in London. Love it.

Mark A

My fave pub on the planet , let alone Londinium - if you hear Albatross Fleetwood Mac on their epic juke box , well my modest contribution as I gave my spare 45 to this fab boozer a long time ago! Enjoy - Mark Atkins )

Aga Q

Great place. Tacked away from the busy Oxford St, fantastic atmosphere, selection of drinks and staff!

Guy Parsons
moderatorStaff Writer

When nowhere else is open.
When you want to get even more drunk.
Maybe YOU can call...
Bradley's!

Sarah J Peach

A dirty, murky, dark and glorious bar with original 1980s juke box - the seedy characters that fill this cramped and special bar, and spill out into the alley outside, are part of the glory of this no-frills, super friendly and tourist-free hangout. Go for the atmosphere and those people. The drinks are good and not overpriced, too. Downstairs is less exciting. A hidden gem, as people say. But don't tell everyone, please.

Maggie W
Staff WriterStaff Comp

Possibly the last place in central London to get a pint under £4!

James Manning

This place is incredible. Motown and '80s pop on the jukebox upstairs, a cool cellar and a decent beer range (including Mahou and Estrella if you want to keep it Spanish). It's a genuine oasis for a quiet drink only a stone's throw from Oxford Street, and a brilliant place for a late one too. Considering how many other great things around here have been scrubbed off the map following the area's Primarkification – including both of the record shops on Hanway Street – it's tempting to be quite gloomy about the future of Spanish Bar. It would be an absolute travesty if it were to disappear. Try the tinto de verano.

Finton Stack

Absolutely cracking little bar just off Oxford Street, with ancient decor and a vinyl jukebox. Predominantly Spanish clientele as the name suggests, but it reminds me more than anything of some of the little pubs you find in Dublin or Belfast. Not the best beer selection (Budvar's the best on offer), though you wouldn't expect it in a place like this.

LPO

Brilliant quirky place... great antidote to the chain pubs and bars that are everywhere now!