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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Steven W

15 years since i last had a drink in this bar and I were glad to see somethings in London don't change

Clancy G

Sometimes the oldies are the goodies - I have been going here for about 30 years - it's the first place I would take anyone from out of town (but only if I really liked them) great juke box and extremely funny and hard working staff

Darian I

An amazing place, loved the vibes and the insence that hits you when you walk through the door! Music could have been a little louder but other than that I couldn't fault it. Best cocktails ever!

Pól Ó

A late night favourite before heading in the the more seedier joints in Soho. Good crowd and atmosphere with a great jukebox.

Michael G

After more than 20 years of drinking in London this is still my favourite watering hole,no trip to London would be complete without a visit here.Perfect in every way,the drinks,the atmosphere,the prices and most importantly the friendly staff.

astutulus

The critical keystone that caps-off the overarching social structure of global cool. A thundering incendiary epicentre of peaceful international relations and stability. From Khao San Road to Machu Picchu; from Polynesia to the Mongolian Steppe; former visitors to Bradley's Spanish Bar deftly greet each other as practitioners of timeless high spirit. Worldwide feet are trod, horses shod, compasses pointed, on track for this infinite and timeless global vanishing point of a bar. Solved all my problems.

Nick T

I love the cosy, friendly atmosphere in this place, and have visited it with some of closest people to me, so I have happy memories of each visit. Also, I just love the vinyl record jukebox - it adds something special to the whole package and makes each visit just that much sweeter!

Sheila M

Been here on and off since the mid 80s when I worked nearby. Always quirky always friendly, always brings a smile to my face. Fab part of hidden London which will always be a go to place when up the West End x

Shell W

Amazing sanctuary bang next to Oxford Street. Fab staff, the coolest Sols & fantastic atmosphere.

Stewart M

Great little spot hidden away from the hustle and bussle, always full of nice folk. You will make new friends and enjoy a beer or7 in a boozer like something out of the Sweeny. Class and style

Dawn L

Stumbled upon it purely by accident one weekend evening. Fantastic venue, small and perfectly formed, lively, friendly and just a great place to be. And not forgetting the jukebox, street level, and down ;)

Anthony D

i have been going to bradleys since the 1965 with my dad, its the 1st bar i go to when i get back to london today,montreal has a lot of nice bars but like love bradleys was my first the nothing can beat that

Mark W

One of Central London's last untouched, original drinking establishments, Great Staff, Eclectic Clientele and the best Jukebox in London, It may be small, but that just adds to it's charm

James S

Close to, but not overwhelmed by, Oxford Street's ceaseless tide of people, Bradley's is a sliver of old school Euro-dive in a town full of shiny bars and shiny people.

Komas E

It's place I'll keep it in my heart forever and the staff working in is simply amazing

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!