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Soho pub and bar guide

Here's a guide to the pubs and bars of Soho - good or bad, we bring you the most talked about venues and the places you have to visit at least once. We've included a few user reviews, to give you an idea of what to expect when you get there. Or you can follow the links to see full details and all reviews for each pub.

The Angel, Soho

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Address: 61, St. Giles High Street, Soho, London, WC2H 8LE
Phone: 020 7240 2876
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Nearest tube stations: Tottenham Court Road (0.2 miles), Covent Garden (0.2 miles), Leicester Square (0.3 miles)


Nearest train stations: London Charing Cross (0.5 miles), Farringdon (1.1 miles), City Thameslink (1.1 miles)


Reviews by BITE users:

Next on the Angelic crawl this is a Sam Smiths pub so you what to expect drinkwise. Friendly service despite how busy the place was. Layout of the place beyond my comprehension, too busy to explore properly. Worth a visit.
19 Apr 2013 18:17
Two things I've always liked about Sam Smith pubs: 1) always very traditional, unspoilt. 2) Very reasonable prices. The Angel definitely scores on the first one, but... 11quid for a bottle of Taddy Porter and a bottle of Pale Ale??? Look, I know that as a central London/St Giles/Soho/Covent Garden type of drinker I'm going to get exploited a bit, and bottles are always going to be more expensive, and I'm not going to get the same price as the Nag's Head in Chapel Allerton or the Crystal Palace in York, but 11quid does seem a little, well, steep. Extortionate is another way to put it. The brewery's pub nearby, the John Snow, also has these ridiculous bottle prices. I had thought Sam Smith's was a much better than normal company. Not at those prices (and, yes, the Old Brewery on hand-pump is cheaper, but seemed very ordinary in this pub).
What is the Sam Smith's pricing strategy now: exploit central London drinkers? We're not all tourists or on 50k a year...
9 Dec 2012 21:44
nice traditional oasis in the waste land that is st giles.
one of the many sam smiths pubs in the west end, so nice beer, but £4.30 for a lager is offensivley expensive but what can you do?

Although its been rebuilt in the gerogian or victorian era, the history of the Angel pub is brilliant. Apparently it was a stopping point for a final 'one for the road' for those on their way to the tyburn tree down the other end of oxford street. the history isnt in any way celebrated in the pub though, but its a name that pops up a lot in various history books.

20 Sep 2012 09:11

The Shaston Arms, Soho

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Address: 4 Ganton Street, London, W1F 7QL
Phone: 020 7287 2631
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Nearest tube stations: Oxford Circus (0.2 miles), Piccadilly Circus (0.3 miles), Tottenham Court Road (0.4 miles)


Nearest train stations: London Charing Cross (0.7 miles), London Euston (1.3 miles), London Marylebone (1.3 miles)


Reviews by BITE users:

Popped in with friends the other day for a pint. I havent been in here for a few years but I really enjoyed my visit.

Like so many central pubs they are no charging £4.10 for a Guinness which seems to be sadly the norm. That aside it tasted good and was well poured and the staff were friendly!

Will definitely visit again :)
19 Jan 2013 00:17
It's nice to find a Badger's house in the heart of Soho, and like several other pubs around here, small is beuatiful. Busy but if you persevere, you will find enough seating inside.
2 Oct 2012 09:30
Lovely pub with little alcoves all about the place, interesting London history on the walls and decent ale on tap.

Gets exceptionally busy in the evening, though they let people stand out the front, within reason. Despite that popularity, in my experience it rarely takes long to get served.
13 Jul 2012 22:02

De Hems, Soho

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Address: 11 Macclesfield Street, Soho, London, W1D 5BW
Phone: 020 7437 2494
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Nearest tube stations: Leicester Square (0.2 miles), Piccadilly Circus (0.2 miles), Covent Garden (0.3 miles)


Nearest train stations: London Charing Cross (0.4 miles), London Waterloo (1.1 miles), London Waterloo East (1.1 miles)


Reviews by BITE users:

Rounded off a night out here nicely with a bottle of the Westmalle Tripel for me and a Delirium Tremens for my wife. Good atmosphere with music not so loud you can't have a natter and good, friendly bar staff. Planning to pop in again soon.
24 Feb 2013 11:52
I've always enjoyed myself here. It's busy but big enough so that you can usually get a seat, wide selection of unusual beers, lively/party atmosphere. Great place for a session.
2 Feb 2013 16:37
Overpriced dutch boozer. Food - stingy helping. Non-friendly personal. Can't advice to visit this tavern. Perhaps because of Shittown is nearby.
6 Jul 2012 09:56

The Dog and Duck, Soho

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Address: 18, Bateman St, London, W1D 3AJ
Phone: 020 7494 0697
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Nearest tube stations: Tottenham Court Road (0.2 miles), Leicester Square (0.3 miles), Piccadilly Circus (0.3 miles)


Nearest train stations: London Charing Cross (0.5 miles), London Waterloo (1.2 miles), London Euston (1.2 miles)


Reviews by BITE users:

Was a mid afternoon when I called in recently and I guessed I had just missed the lunchtime rush. Seven pumps were on and I necked a good pint of Orkney Dark Island at £3.80 Barman was pleasant enough. I would call back again if I'm in the vacinity. 7/10
24 Feb 2013 16:14
The range of recent reviews seems to give the right impression. The only problem could be the size, which because of the well above average quality makes this popular bar heave at certain times of the day. One of the best places for a beer in this area prior to or after a meal in one of Soho's restaurants
17 Feb 2013 20:48
In there last Saturday night. Busy and cramped but worth it for the Harviestoun Wild Hop IPA. Definitely be going back.
6 Dec 2012 13:53

The Coach and Horses, Soho

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Address: 29 Greek Street, Soho, London, W1F 7HG
Phone: 02075833443
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Nearest tube stations: Leicester Square (0.2 miles), Tottenham Court Road (0.2 miles), Covent Garden (0.3 miles)


Nearest train stations: London Charing Cross (0.4 miles), London Waterloo (1.1 miles), London Waterloo East (1.1 miles)


Reviews by BITE users:

I've always had a sense of disappointment about this place despite many visits (it's handily located for a host of great eateries in Soho and Chinatown as well as numerous bookshops and cinemas) - service was always a unfriendly and the historic media linkages just didn't seem to elevate it. Perhaps the cleaning up of Soho has contributed to the increasingly anodyne nature of the Coach, although most of the clientele are stull grizzled and at least they don't serve halves of lager only like the French House.
16 Mar 2013 07:12
What has happened to the Coach (in Greek Street)? It looks as though it has been taken over by squatters with bizarre slogans hung outside such as "London's first vegetarian pub", "this is an independent pub". It is getting very messy looking. Still, they must be doing something right - the place was packed last night.
13 Dec 2012 11:40
Once nice and dark, now not.

Buy a dimmer switch Fuller's.
26 Nov 2012 12:03

The Toucan, Soho

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Address: 19 Carlisle Street, off Soho Square, London, W1V 5RJ
Phone: 020 7437 4123
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Nearest tube stations: Tottenham Court Road (0.1 miles), Leicester Square (0.4 miles), Oxford Circus (0.4 miles)


Nearest train stations: London Charing Cross (0.6 miles), London Euston (1.1 miles), London St Pancras (1.2 miles)


Reviews by BITE users:

I pick up on the point made by greedyboy on the 11th July 2011 - I agree with your comment regarding the big bald bloke.

I went in with friends for the first time as I am a big Guinness fan.

We were not being loud, simply talking and having a joke (not messing around in any way!!). There were 2 other people in the pub also enjoying themselves to which this bloke decided to tell us all to ssssh as we were "too loud".

Seriously we were not even shouting at all! Rude, arrogant, stuck up idiots with over prices average Guinness.

There are so many more pubs to choose from in the area - visit them and avoid this place! I will be in future!
19 Jan 2013 00:20
£4.40 for a pint of rough, cold (despite not asking for cold) Guinness; £4.70 for a small sub-Gallo methanol-and-Ribena rosé.

I'll give them the benefit of the doubt on the Guinness as it's usually not so bad.
26 Nov 2012 12:10
Seemed to get very packed early evening then almost empty a couple of hours later. Nothing special and beer selection very average.
3 Oct 2011 12:31

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