The Lyric

Bars and pubs, Pubs Soho
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Small, slightly shambolic and with a jovial share-a-table type of vibe, The Lyric is a longstanding favourite, not least because its location near a fantastically crowded part of London—the West End, Soho, Piccadilly, Regent Street—makes it a diamond in the rough (albeit a happy-scrappy one) amid disappointing pricey traps. The Victorian pub’s 18 taps pour out reliable pints including Camden Hells and Brooklyn Lager, as well as more unusual fare such as hyper-citrussy High Wire Grapefruit brew (the clue is in the name) from Magic Rock. For something quieter, retire upstairs for a fish finger sandwich and an unfiltered Electric Eye Pale Ale from new brewers Big Smoke. This is your safe haven away from the fray.

By: Ananda Pellerin


Venue name: The Lyric
Address: 37 Great Windmill St
Opening hours: 11am-11.30pm Mon-Thu; 11am-12midnight Sat-Sun; 12midday-10.30pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Piccadilly Circus
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Average User Rating

3.8 / 5

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Made a booking & told them we would have 4 small kids. The lady who took the booking was lovely. We arrived early but they still accommodated us. The food was good and we were enjoying ourselves.

That is until one of the younger male members of staff made it very clear children were not welcome. The kids were well behaved and not bothering anyone. However, We left promptly. I spoke with the manager briefly and said we had enjoyed our food but were disappointed with the blatant disregard for children . To which he replied. ' good bye'

Such a pity. So needless to say. Not a child friendly pub.


An excellent location, but positively heaving. The charm factor is a bit diminished when swinging your arms might result in giving a stranger a black eye.


Always has a great craft beer selection on rotation. Usually very different than all the other craft beer pubs! The only complaint about this pub is that its always packed, and theres usually no room to sit inside- but worth the beer. So be warned, and be ready to grab a plastic cup and stand outside.


Old school boozer type that gets very busy with the post work crowd on a Thursday or Friday night.  Pints are always decent, the wine list is short but unless you are extremely fussy it is absolutely fine and the atmosphere almost makes you forget that Piccadilly Circus is just around the corner!  Great place to meet for a quick drink before dinner in the area. Be prepared to wait a little for a table or to squeeze into a corner.  They also do food apparently!


The Lyric is one of those atypical central London pubs where a great pint is guaranteed without any fuss. Despite being just a few minutes away from Piccadilly Circus, it’s tucked away enough to drop off the tourist radar. But that doesn’t mean that it’s quiet – on the contrary, this is a very popular spot that fills up for post-work pints. It’s a bit cosy with some seating, but expect to stand or perch during busy periods. On the taps is a quickly rotating list of breweries such as The Kernel, Magic Rock and Siren. It’s one of my go-to spots for a decent pint when meeting anyone in central London, but be warned: they do show matches on a television, so it can get both unbearably busy and rowdy if there’s football on. Otherwise, the beer is always interesting, fresh and staff are generally very polite. Lacks any pretentiousness and crowds are always mixed, making a nice change from the trendier craft beer bars that are now popping up in Soho and Covent Garden.

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