Covent Garden

Back in the late 1980s, this was the place to be. A hidden cellar with a faintly industrial feel, it carried with it a certain easy-going democracy, a welcome change from style-trial nightclubs and members-only enterprises such as the Groucho. After what seems a lifetime, it hasn’t changed a bit.

The 40-odd affordable cocktails (£5.50-£7.25), stencilled above the busy bar counter, are strong and served with ceremony: a Holy Freud Lemonade contains vodka, lychee, lemonade and elderberry, while mojitos come in several varieties. Some 15 types of bottled beer include Meantime, Budvar and Zywiec, while wine starts at a bargain £3.35 a glass.

Rotating art exhibitions dot the aged-concrete walls; it does, after all, say ‘Café Bar Gallery’ in red neon outside. Who’d have thought it would survive so long?

Venue name: Freud
Address: 198 Shaftesbury Avenue
Opening hours: Open 11am-11pm Mon-Wed; 11am-1am Thur, Sat; 11am-2am Fri; noon-10.30pm Sun. Food served noon-4.30pm daily
Transport: Tube: Tottenham Court Road tube

Average User Rating

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My favourite cafe bar in London, good prices, great drinks, good staff, really chilled and possibly the coolest place in town. I just miss the telly and Father Ted with subtitles, ah the good old days!


I love this place. The cocktail are cheap and amazing! It can get a bit rammed on a friday or saturday night.... If you are there during the day pop in for a non alcoholic creamy soda. My fav.