Bradley's Spanish Bar

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4 Love It
Oxford Street

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
Address: 42-44 Hanway Street
Opening hours: Open noon-11pm Mon-Sat; 3-10.30pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Tottenham Court Road tube

Average User Rating

4.6 / 5

Rating Breakdown

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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.


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