Crown & Two Chairmen

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Although it’s changed a little in recent years, brought up to date after years as an old-school holdout, the darkly handsome Crown & Two Chairmen remains a Soho crowd-pleaser. There’s real ale, plenty of lager and cider on tap, and substantial, high-end pub grub.

Bar stools at the windows allow singletons to entertain themselves with central Soho street life, while a low-lit slouchy area of tattered red leather banquettes and red-beaded lampshades at the back gets the vote of courting couples.

Quirky details – such as a ‘Beer tastes better in a plastic glass’ sign for those wanting to drink outside – add appeal for the chatty, friendly mix of slumming-it business types and self-consciously bohemian media workers who make up most of the pub’s clientele.

Venue name: Crown & Two Chairmen
Address: 31-32 Dean Street
Opening hours: Open noon-11.30pm Mon-thur; noon-midnight Fri, Sat; noon-10.30pm Sun. Food served noon-10pm Mon-Sat; noon-9pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Tottenham Court Road tube

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For the huge amount of pubs available to socialise in in Soho, the Crown and Two (as my friends call it) really isn't a bad choice. Last time I was in there was on a Friday night, and it was busy without being overwhelming. It has a nice touch of charm to it too, nestling somewhere between the old boozer and the overly trendy. Its been done up, but not too much. There is a very good ale selection of ale going on, something that is becoming quite common in London, I'm glad to say. The drink prices are... well, its Soho... However, there have a jar of ice water and glasses on the bar to help yourself to, which is a plus in my book.

A good choice pre-clubbing or after-working in Soho.