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Admiral Duncan

Bars and pubs Soho
5 out of 5 stars
(15user reviews)

Time Out says

A famous Soho gay bar on Old Compton Street, operating continuously since the early 19th century. There's much more to the Admiral Duncan's history than the well-documented tragedy of 1999 - it once housed a wooden-legged ex-sailor sent to Australia for throwing stones at King William IV, for example. It takes its name from the chap who defeated the Dutch at the Battle of Camperdown.

Today it remains a friendly Soho stalwart not afraid of getting a little raucous on occasion. Expect a mixed crowd drinking continental beers, pints of Guinness and wines from a short list. Entertainment comes from a jukebox filled with hits from the 80s and 90s, as well as cabaret and drag acts at the weekends. There's a dancefloor too, should the temptation take you.




Address: 54 Old Compton Street
Transport: Tube: Leicester Square tube
Opening hours: Open noon-11pm Mon-Thur; noon-midnight Fri, Sat; noon-10.30pm Sun
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Users say (15)

5 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

4.6 / 5

Rating Breakdown

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My wife and I ended up here on my birthday after seeing Jersey Boys. It so happened that it was also the fourteenth anniversary of the bomb attack that killed three people, and injured around seventy others. Despite this, the atmosphere was fantastic! it was a real party. Three fabulous drag queens, Tanya Hyde, Baga Chyps, amd Mrs Moore, were onstage, giving it one hundred per cent. Absolutely hilarious! Whatever your orientation, LGBT or straight, if you enjoy humour, great music, a fantastic party atmosphere, and don't mind seeing other people enjoying themselves, in whatever way they see fit, Checkout the Admiral Duncan - It's FANTASTIC! We loved it!


Hadn't been to the Admiral Duncan for years. It is what I descibe as an Old school place. It is a drinking den - few seats and basic drinks - beer, wine, spirits. It is also one of London's iconic gay venues. I had a brilliant Friday night out with friends - taking in the drag acts and drinking myself into the ground. I'm not the pubs target audience (me being middle aged, straight and partnered up)  and it isn't my sort of place - in that I like comfort and cocktails - but I love how true to itself it is. How open, accepting and friendly it is - and how much fun I had. It was great to have a boogie amongst people just out to enjoy themselves.


As pubs go in Soho, the Admiral Duncan is what I would describe as one of the most 'local' pubs. Walking past it there are always people outside chatting. There's a real 'everyone knows everyone' feel about the place. Everyone knows the tragedy the place holds when in 1999 a bomb was detonated inside, however this hasn't stopped it, in fact had probably made it stronger. The drag acts are to be admired and the positivity you feel just walking through the door is beautifully overwhelming. Expect excentricity, I often see a older gentleman dressed as Elvis when I walk past on a Sunday. It makes me smile knowing how this pub is park of the woof and weave of what makes Soho great.

The Admiral is my favourite pub I'm soho. Rarely go anywhere else to drink when I'm in London! Keep up the good work Ollie the team and all the Queens!!

The friendliest gay pub in soho. Great staff. Exiting drag acts. Wonderful atmosphere *****

the best caberet bar i the west end , freindly, fun, and full of laughs would highly recomened to anyone


A bit of a weird one, in that you never know what you will get. Some days it is a laid back crowd, and other days it is a buck wild one. The pub itself feels like it has been neglected, but the hilarious drag shows make up for it. in all, would recommend, but have a back up plan.


A pub with real history. They do some good drinks and the atmosphere is always nice! The bar is mainly inhabited by gay men, but anyone is made to feel welcome. 

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