This Soho institution may have mellowed somewhat since self-proclaimed ‘London’s rudest landlord’ Norman Balon finally hung up his polishing cloth in 2006, but there’s still plenty to make it stand out from the crowd. Decor is stuck firmly in the past, with carpets worn threadbare by decades of post-work sessions. There's also a piano and regular singalongs. Bliss.
If you're looking to grab a drink in central London, you've come to the right place. Soho boasts some of the best boozers in the city, but not all pubs here are alike. Avoid the tourist traps and instead use our insiders guide to getting the perfect pint – as well as some excellent people watching.
If you think we've missed somewhere, that might be because we've been pretty damn empahtic when it comes to respecting and honouring the traditional boundaries of Soho. Here you'll find boozers within the area marked by Oxford Street to the north, Charing Cross Road to the east, Regent Street to the west and Shaftesbury Avenue to the south. Nothing more, but certainly nothing less. See you at the bar.
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