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This pub is now called ***** Horse; classic Nicholson's pub good staff and good beer. We had the Nicholson's Pale Ale, excellent condition.
Iceni_Explorer - 28 Jan 2017 19:23
I haven't been here since the name change and before that since the late 90's.

It's now a Nicholson's pub with a wide choice of ales across the 8 hand pumps. A couple of regular national brands like London Pride and Doombar alongside the very drinkable Cafe Phoenix from SA Brains craft range at 4.4%.

Just after 6pm on a Wednesday night before Christmas and the pub was heaving, workers from the local construction sites and tourists were the main clientele.

Internally the pub is stunning with walls stacked with Burmantoff tiles, several large wall painted artworks along with a large gold chandelier hanging above a glass domed ceiling towards the rear of the pub.

Plenty of tables, chairs and high tables are wedged at the rear of the pub towards the toilets making getting through a bit tricky especially during a busy visit like on this occasion.

Good selection of ales in a stunning interior, worth a visit for these 2 things alone.
lezford - 31 Dec 2016 11:02
Arranged to meet here with a few lads before we hit the hot spots of Soho. I arrived first and had a pint of draught pale ale. Excellent pint but for fucks sake £4.80!! When the lads arrived eager to taste their range of ales I advised them of the price and we all agreed they could keep their beer and we'd all take our custom elsewhere. Tourists and theatre goers are their obvious target but they lost a few customers yesterday

beernotfood - 31 Jul 2016 10:45
Renamed FLYING HORSE (its original) July 2015, though little chance of confusion as it is the sole pub on Oxford Street. Grade II* listed. I read it has been refurbished and now has another "beer-oriented bar" (?) in the basement. [source: p62 CAMRA 'London Drinker' Aug/Sept 2015]
_grobag_ - 5 Sep 2015 21:00
No problems with this pub, found it friendly, served a good pint of Jarrow Rivett Catcher. Opposite Tottenham court road tube.
pwilkins - 22 Dec 2014 09:09
Visited this 'pub' on Saturday evening with a group of friends. 'Pub' in inverted commas as half the beers weren't on. Seems half the staff were either drugged or just graduated with a 1st class degree from the University of Downright Rude. Hold onto your drink at all times here, as they will clear it away when you are not looking and then deny it. Should rename this place The Fleece, because that's what you get here.
clarkster - 28 Apr 2014 11:16
typical west end boozer.
Small, busy, expensive
mont62y - 28 Feb 2014 15:33
Relatively cramped boozer that does what it says on the tin, hard to get a seat due to its location but the turnover of punters is high. Rather soulless. Friend of mine was short-changed a fiver by the barman who made up the difference without so much as an word of apology, on another occasion the manager was rather rude to me.

Better pubs in the immediate area.
QueensParker - 7 Oct 2013 02:36
A fairly decent pub
perfect_spy - 17 Sep 2013 12:23
As typical a ldn boozer as you can get....
Mappiman - 10 Feb 2013 18:19
Visited for the first time last night and was pleasently suprised. Fairly empty, generally quiet (apart from 2 Becks swilling Chavs on the fruit machine) and an excellent pint of Sambrooks Wandle. Will visit again.
twineyboy - 22 Jan 2013 22:37
The only remaining Oxford Street pub boasts a superb brick and stone front elevation above the ground floor dating to the 1892 rebuild. Inside the well-preserved Victorian interior enjoys a wealth of carved wood, tiles, mirrors and murals as well as a lantern to the rear with post-WW2 glass. The welcome was warm but the pub was almost empty (mid-afternoon on a Thursday). Five ales on - London Pride for me at this stop, delicious and well kept without being too cold.
BobOs - 23 Mar 2012 14:52
My girlfriend and I usually stop in here when we are shopping int he area. if we can get a seat. It's pretty small upstairs but always has a few guest ales on and you'll get served pretty quickly. Seating is cramped so it's not the place to go with a crowd for a session, but for two or three it's fantastic to sit yourself down in after beating the streets of the west end before getting the tube home.
johnny_hay - 6 Mar 2011 00:30
One of the best pubs in the West End, maybe London. Locals use the downstairs bar - that's the best place to drink. The toilets used to flood periodically, but they seem to have fixed that problwem now. Good hot nuts at the bar.
stevefromharlow - 3 Mar 2011 17:08
Like most people have said - its actually better than you might imagine and surprisinly quiet for a Sunday lunchtime. The "Astoria" bar sign brought a tear to my eye remembering all the great shows Id seen at the venue across the road now demolished. To be honest if you're in the area Id rather walk down to The Champion (turn right off Oxford St just before HMV) to a far superior pub.
adamwalsh - 15 Nov 2010 09:47
Given the location this place was surprisingly decent. The interior is spectacular and ales (such that were on) drinkable. Prices very good for central London.
theeternalwheel - 20 Aug 2010 13:24
As below, fantastic interior that really sets the place off. Visited at 3pm on a Sunday, very quiet and no problem getting served. Fantastic pint of Jaipur was on offer.
race_faster - 7 Jun 2010 15:13
3 real ales on (and 2 off) when I was there. Nice pub, but can get rather full (of course) and the odd foreign tourist eating fish & chips can provide amusement.
dpaajones - 11 Feb 2010 13:58
Appears nothing special from the street, but step inside and you can spend ages looking around (and up) at the splendid original features. A long bar - and usually a shortage of staff - meaning it can take ages to get served as the place is often crammed with tourists (usually Spanish, for some reason) and Oxford Street shoppers. Six handpumps, but I don't think I've ever seen them all on at the same time. The real ale is served too cold and, as is often the case in Nicholson's pubs, is not quite as good as it should be. Overall, great decor, shame about the pub...
rpadam - 8 Feb 2010 22:12
Best known for being the only pub on Oxford Street, the Tottenham is a Nicholsons pub at the Tottenham Court Road end of Oxford Street, a stone's throw away from Tottenham Court Road and Centre Point.

A rather uninspiring looking frontage leads into a long narrowish single bar with some impressive tiling and paintings being the principal features of note of a typically impressive and traditional Nicholsons interior. The pub is listed in CAMRA's National Inventory of Unspoilt Interiors.

Perhaps not surprisingly given the location, the pub has a very transient feel to it - even by Central London standards - and my early Saturday morning visit, just after 11.15 am, found the pub quite full with shoppers and tourists having breakfast and/or coffee.

5 of the 6 handpumps were in use -serving Pride, Landlord, Doom Bar, Nethergate Azzaparrot and Batemans XXB. The Landlord - £ 2.95p - was reasonable.

The highlight of my visit was undoubtedly witnessing a classic Fawlty - esque exchange at the bar between a German couple complaining about their breakfast and the Eastern European barmaid who was less than sympathetic ( as was the Duty Manager ) to the couple demanding their money back on the basis that they had been served with an egg and bacon sandwich, instead of the full English Breakfast which they claimed to have ordered. I was sorely tempted to join in, by asking the German couple why they hadn't complained at the time and also, why they had proceeded to eat the sandwich if indeed it was the "wrong" order, but I decided against it on the spur of the moment. Eventually the Duty Manager gave them a couple of quid back, just to shut them up and get rid of them.

This is not a must visit pub, and I can't guarantee that there will always be impromptu entertainment, but it's worth calling in if you're passing by.

JohnBonser - 26 Jan 2010 13:40
Often use this pub on visits to London. Landlord, and Pride always seem to be on as well as a couple of other beers.
Invariably busy with lots of tourists however such is the turnaround it's never too long before a chair becomes available.
Interesting decor.

outtamehead - 24 Jan 2010 06:37
Great decor inside, friendly staff, typical Nicolsons selection of drinks, slightly overpriced, location I guess, full of tourists. Better than I expected. Food typical fare.
liamhamilton - 17 Jan 2010 20:15
Underrated street corner pub, part of the Nicholson's chain. Splendid original interior, large stained glass oriel rooflight at the rear, Rubenesque ceiling murals, ornate tiled ceiling frieze/cornice, and large carved wood framed mirrors along the side wall. Wood flooring, the lengthy bar is along the side wall of this deep narrow room.
Six handpumps, five on yesterday. Thwaites Nutty Black, Caledonian Auld Acquaintance, Sharps Doom Bar, TT Landlord and Pride.
Yes, due to its location, it gets a bit rammed with tourists, and the clientele are mostly transient but the service was still good, and it was pleasing to see the barman taking the time to describe the beer types to a group of tourists who had ducked in out of the snow.
Maldenman - 10 Jan 2010 11:00
Very nice traditional interior, beer OK. Worth a visit.
newbury_drinker - 16 Oct 2009 14:46
Visited here yesterday (Early Lunchtime) as part of the Nicholson "Dick Whittington" Ale Trail. Fairly Busy but you would expect that from a pub in Oxford Street/Tottenham Court Road. Would have like to taste the Beer But London Pride & TT Landlord were both OFF (Pipe cleaning). There was 2 Ciders on Handpump and 2 Morrisy Fox Brews, but decided to have a Spirt and move on. Typical Nicolson Fare. Not Worth a visit if in the Tottenham Court Road Area. I mean who has BOTH their premium real Ales unavailable at a busy lunchtime, it does not take moer than an hour and a half to clean pipes!!!!
Bitter_Man - 1 Oct 2009 10:46
The basement is quite a pleasant, quiet, place, for one of the Tottenham`s delicious pie meals, and I would definitely recommend it for escaping the heaving crowds of Oxford Street.
Welshbeard - 8 Sep 2009 14:25
This is a nice looking London Boozer, itís just a shame the staff that I encountered were rude and had trouble grasping the English language.

I counted six ales alongside a decent selection of standard draught and premium lagers. There is also a plasma screen, but I spotted no advertisements for any sport.

There is a bar and restaurant upstairs which I didnít visit, maybe Iíll have a look next time Iím passing.
Strongers - 6 Sep 2009 20:42
First things first - the Tottenham is on the north side of Oxford St so one place it isn't is Soho.

It's location means it really should be a total dump but remarkably it's not.

The interior is much larger and impressive than the rather small street front suggests and while there are many tourists in here it's actually ok.

There's no way I'd ever arrange a night in here but it's better than you would think for a quick one

murgatroyd - 28 Jun 2009 20:28
Famously the only pub in Oxford Street, like other posters I found this place pleasantly quiet when I visited - although it was about 11.30am on a weekday morning! It has a splendid original interior and I thought it seemed very tidy and clean. A decent range of ales although too early for me and I stuck to a softie. I've a soft spot for the Nicholson's chain generally, although their quality does depend on the quality of the management at individual outlets: this struck me as a well-run place. In particular I saw the manager going beyond the call of duty, sitting with some tourists talking them through sites to see in the West End. A good bolthole from the morass of Oxford Street.
grecian - 25 Jun 2009 10:30
I went in to seek refuge from the heat in Oxford Street last friday expecting it to be packed (2.30). Amazingly there was plenty of room and it was lovely to sit down after being in the record shops. Had the St Austel Tribute. Surprised to find it there and i wasn't disappointed. Remember the pub from my many trips but never been in. I'm glad I did!
ButchEgg - 3 Jun 2009 11:38
Not a bad pub considering where it is.And you'd be hard pushed to find a pub with a better name :)
Well worth a look
tottenhamsean - 11 Mar 2009 16:48
Must admit I must have walked past this place hundreds of times and never considered a pint in there. However, I was let down by my first choice (Bradley's in Hanway Street) and, to be frank, I needed a wee, so popped in for a quickie - if I'm using a pub's toilet's I will always buy a drink.
Anyway, nice decor, cheap Amstel, considering the location, at 3 quid (although it wasn't a great pint) and inspiring decor.
Quite surreal watching Oxford Street shuffle by outside while sitting in a comfortably full pub. I always expected the place to be rammed with tourists but none in attendance, mainly suits and record buyers (Zavvi/Virgin/Whatever is a couple of doors away).
Overall, quite a pleasant surprise and I would probably pop in again for a quickie, but not a place for an all night session for me.
glenn9ball - 16 Jan 2009 12:07
I had the excellent Springhead Brewery Polar Bear, at £2.90 a pint good enough value for the area. Almost a summer ale, perhaps a bit light for this time of year, but tasted good nonetheless. Itís worth dropping into this pub for a butcherís at the superb original Victorian features, if you like that sort of thing.

It was surprisingly quiet in there at 13.50 on a Wednesday afternoon. Only a dozen or so punters presumably seeking refuge from the hell of Oxford St. It is now the only pub in Oxford St, and is definitely worth dropping in to, if you can get to the Tottenham Ct Rd end unscathed.
RexRattus - 5 Dec 2008 13:37
Stumbled upon this one during a packed Friday evening. Good range of beers. Ales can be cheaper than lagers. So, pretty good.
anonymous - 29 Nov 2008 11:01
last pub of the day , always like this place , its still a boozer, Nicholsons do try to ruin it but the tot just is too trashy for it to work. had a guinness and a vodka chaser. mmmmm .. now to look forward to a tube ride home...
The_Pub_Inspector - 10 Nov 2008 21:41
Spent a very pleasant two and a half hours in here on Saturday afternoon before a gig at the Astoria. The interior at the Tottenham is visually stunning, tiled walls and a highly decorated ceiling with brass and glass chandeliers.

There appeared to be at least 5 ales on, including Hobgoblin and Timothy Talyors, quality seemed ok to me...... The locals appeared friendly, and the usual visitors having a pint before heading off to a show. Prices were reasonable considering this was Oxford Street, and the barstaff were friendly which seems to be a rarity at the moment.

All in all, a good place to head to if you are in the vicinity. Incidentally, why oh why are they knocking the Astoria down. It's a top venue, and a piece of history, shame indeed.
Brummyboy - 4 Nov 2008 13:24
I had only a few minutes for a rapid pint between visiting a friend in University College Hospital and taking a train home from Waterloo. I walked down TCR - where have all the wacky radio shops gone? - and called in for a rapid refresher. I had an excellent pint of Pride, and only £2.50! No time for food, but what I saw was highly edible, and the carrots were fresh, not frozen. If only I could be in Town in less than 10 years for my next visit.
Meadway - 11 Oct 2008 21:49
Worth a visit for the very attractive interior- ornate ceilings and seating areas divided into Victorian-style alcoves. Londoners might find this kind of thing commonplace, but for me it's a treat just to be in a space like this. Beer quality indifferent- Taylors Ladlord could have been anything.
edchambers - 1 Aug 2008 22:55
Victorian Nicholsons pub. Only 2 beers on out of about 5 pumps, Landlord and Doom Bar. I had a pint of Erdinger. Separate downstairs bar/dining area. Conssidering this is on Oxford Street it's not bad, would have got an extra mark with a full beer range.
GuideDogSaint - 25 Jun 2008 14:26
They served us without being rude so it was good.
bluesky12 - 23 Jun 2008 00:48
good pint of Fullers London Pride.....excellent meal from their "Pies" menu.....bit crowded in the bar but plenty of space in the downstairs bar and dining room
lilscse - 3 Jun 2008 12:12
Very busy wide selection of guest ales real shortage of seating staff helpfull and easy to talk too
good to catch up with friends before a big nite out
Robbie_2 - 7 May 2008 20:05
the food is dreadful, i have long since realised the dangers of risking a pint in here but it is an attractive bar. but if a pub serves poisonous beer and tepid, unpleasant meals it doesn't tick any boxes. the cock on fleet street is the same brewery chain but (no exaggeration) at least 50 times better.

a real pity that the publican in this prime location couldn't care less that his pub is crap at being a pub.
istenem - 15 Apr 2008 16:27
Updating my previous review - I agree this place seems to be going downhill. Last two times I visited although the place was packed (how could it not be in this location) they did not have two of the basic lagers, the bar staff were incredubly surly (after waiting ten minutes I actually had to wander down the bar and ask if this bloke was being paid to text on his phone other than pouring pints). It seems to have lost its way - like most of the tourists who end up there.
Sorrowful - 28 Mar 2008 14:26
For all the plusses about the wonderful interior, the pub fails miserably on service. How they remain Cask Marque accredited when they frequently serve woefully short measures and fail to turn round the pump clips when the beers are not available is beyond me.
RogerB - 26 Mar 2008 10:26
Ther was a power cut the evening I called in - the candle-light helped the ambience a great deal. Not bad.
Bugbear - 4 Feb 2008 13:57
The Tottenham is an infuriating pub. It's full of all kinds of people, including plenty of tourists, but the service can be very slow because of insufficient bar staff.

Last night they only had one of six ales on Ė Young's Winter Warmer Ė which I took despite it not really being anything like my usual ale of choice. And when I popped in one evening last month it took almost fifteen minutes to get served!

The best thing about this pub is its location. It's right next to Tottenham Court Road tube station, so it's a convenient spot to wait for friends or to take brief shelter from the rain. It's probably not the kind of place you'll want to stay at all night, but in terms of a quick pint to kill a bit of time it does the job (providing the beers are actually on, that is!).

gatomalo - 22 Nov 2007 15:15
This is a nice little pub on Oxford Street. We found they had plenty of stock of all drinks in when we visited and it was clean, friendly and had a nice atmosphere. Check out the BITE blog for a full readup of our trip there!
chris - 9 Nov 2007 15:05
This is ANY typical central London pub, i.e. soulless, expensive and with a very average range of drinks and no atmosphere. It's not unpleasant though, and in a perfect location for meeting people off the tube / for gathering before moving on.
petewithers - 6 Nov 2007 22:19
Had the misfortune to visit this pub yesterday evening after it being recommended by a friend who had use it before visiting the 100club. However last night i was seriously disappointed. The poor choice of beer, served in warm glasses, the poor service offered by the underworked waiter in the downstairs bar, the poor quality of the food offered, all in all a hovel that i hope i never have the mis fortune to use ever again.
anonymous - 3 Nov 2007 16:13
From what I've heard this pub will be closed and refurbished, then reopened very soon. This probably explains letting stocks go down.
billybob2 - 11 Sep 2007 22:44
What's happened to this place? The old landlady has moved on and most of the staff seem to have changed, but the new manager doesn't seem quite up to the job. For the last couple of weeks the fridges have been very sparsely stocked and quite often there are loads of draught beers "off". To top it all, the other night I was in with a group of friends and they had no vodka on sale. NO VODKA? They normally have 4 different ones on offer, but we were told that they could not get any more!!!! What a feckin joke! One wag suggested the staff go round the corner to Sainsbury's to buy some - perhaps we should go there and buy cans to drink here?!

Note to manager: Pub with no alcohol = Pub with no customers! Sort yourself out and get this beautiful pub back up to scratch.
anonymous - 6 Sep 2007 17:55
nice pint of Fullers...and as this place opens the front windows onto the smoking area its great for people watching on the busy Oxford St and Tottenham court rd tube
lilscse - 2 Aug 2007 17:27
A great place to meet people being opposite the tube station and has some lovely internal architecture but apart from that it is a bit soulless... it gets packed, the beers are standard and it has no real homely atmosphere to speak off. Toilets small and not up to much.
Sorrowful - 18 Jun 2007 14:10
A stunning interior. A fair seleciton of ales on tap and a well stocked fridge. There isn't much seating and it is on the small side so it can get busy very quickly but its a lovely place for a couple of pints. Well recommended.
redboy - 1 Jun 2007 17:30
I find the interior design quite stunning in here. It's traditional london boozer style but goes a little bit over the top and with some style.
The bar seems to have been modernised since I last visited; it's quite sleek now but it doesn't clash with the dark decor. More importantly the TT Landlord was in excellent condition.
It's location means that it is very pricey and get rammed at times (it's not that big), but it's a lovely pub to visit if it's not too busy and you're feeling flush.
dyyony - 21 May 2007 19:18
Decent place. Never really done more than pop in here, and never gotten much into the pub further than the door, but seems fairly busy when been in here and enjoyed the few visits I have.

the_original_rawnsleys - 5 Apr 2007 11:04
Not too bad a pub, no real smokers in there whihc was very nice, i like coming out nad not stinking of fags! But no real sitting room. Good for meeting peopl I suppose if jumping off the underground but hey ho!
Mazzieboozer - 1 Apr 2007 22:55
Not sure why but I like this pubs. The drab exterior hides the lovely interior. Pub naturally gets mobbed on a Friday night but it does make an excellent meeting point and more than adequate for a pint. And the point I had was more than adequate.
TheHorsesMouth - 5 Feb 2007 21:00
Nondescript. Been there once, it was fine. Pricing average (for the area), service average, average average average. Nothing wrong with the place but wouldn't go out of your way to drink there. Location good for meeting people I suppose, being right on the junction of Oxford St/Tottenham Court Road...but that's not a reason to up a pubs rating though. 5/10.
jimmythefish - 11 Jan 2007 18:58
The only pub in Oxford Street.

Great place to arrange to meet someone.
Beer OK too.

This pub was always about a year or two ahead in terms of its beer pricing. Seems to be more in line with everwhere else these days.
Andrew_Smith - 5 Dec 2006 12:01
I visited as one of the 12 out if 20 there to meet someone because it was conveniently located and was sorely tempted just to stand outside and wait for them. In the rain.
Wooz - 10 Oct 2006 13:52
tertrible dive. you'll be kissing the tarmac when you come out of this place.

anonymous - 7 Jul 2006 11:50
Before anyone gets on my case, yes - my maths suck.
topdog_andy - 13 Jun 2006 17:44
Randomly ask 20 people why they are here. Odds are:

12 out of 20 chose it as a convenient meeting point, and are impatiently waiting to go somewhere else.

6 out of 10 won't understand the question

2 out of 10 are so bogged down with shopping, they'd go anywhere with a seat.

1 out of 10 will be picking your wallet

Kinda like drinking at a pub at Heathrow.
topdog_andy - 13 Jun 2006 17:43 guys kill me. This boozer is wrong in every way: 1. it's always rammo. 2. its at the most congested part of a famously congested (and hideous) street. 3. its filled with the worst type of tourist who comes into ``zee tradeetional eeengleesh pob'' for a pint of ``zee reel english beer''. two pints of carling premier, please landlord. for fvcks sake.
tanderson7 - 8 Jun 2006 11:47
Nice Nicholsons pub - note the ornate interior and the glass cupola at the back - but the beer was poor on my visit last Saturday. You really wonder whether a Central London pub in this location - bang on the end of Oxford Street - should be doing a beer festival with 6 different real ales. There were also a few football supporter types as well being a bit noisy. This pub would probably be a better pub ( and a better experience when visiting ) if it was elsewhere - eg in The City
JohnBonser - 30 May 2006 10:22
It serves its purpose I suppose - a nice enough place to stop off at for a few before going to a concert at the Astoria or while waiting for someone at Tottenham Court Road. When I've been I can't really complain, the service has been pretty good and the drink fine. Nothing outstanding but a decent pub in an area where such an establishment is useful.
C.B - 15 May 2006 13:45
Can't quite put my finger on it but... I just can't get excited about this pub, it always seems to let me down in one way or another. i.e. no real ale on. only 5%+ ales on, too busy, full of louts. If it's not one thing it's another, maybe I've just been tarnished by the place over the years - and its a real shame because some of the original decoration which still looks great does add atmosphere and could be condusive to a cracking little boozer.
DoubleMax - 4 May 2006 12:43
A clean, smart and well run pub, typical of the Nicholson's chain. Tends to be packed at lunchtimes and evenings (not surprising given the location). However the downstairs (non-smoking)bar is a shade quieter and serves food. Staff always seem friendly and the ales generally well kept. A pleasant and easy option for a drink.
anonymous - 31 Mar 2006 17:59
This place isn't that bad - it's nothing special certainly but decent enough for a quite pint or two while waiting for someone or before heading to the Astoria.
illhaveastella - 10 Mar 2006 15:05
Mostly the usual Nicholson's beers, served in a competent manner but without a great deal of enthusiasm. Not terribly exciting, other than some nice original decoration on the right-hand side wall as you enter. The pub gets an extra point just for existing, however--hard to believe it's the only one on Oxford Street...

Hodsthorn - 28 Feb 2006 14:48
Been drinking here on and off for 10 years and have seen the pub get steadily better and better. The fairly new landlady of a few months has cleaned the place up nicely, and the addition this week of comfy leather seats along the wall is an improvement on all the high stools from before.
Ale is always good here and recently they've had 3-4 available on a rotating basis every week. I agree with the previous post - nice to see Old Hooky in the west end again! Have also enjoyed Deuchars and Spitfire recently, and the addition of Staropramen was a boost for the days when I need some bubbles!!!
Good luck to all the team - keep it up through the year!
Shark_E - 15 Feb 2006 14:12
This is the only remaining pub on Oxford Street (there used to be 38) and its proximity to Tottenham Court Road tube station makes it a fine meeting place for a West End jaunt. Personally I find the Tottenham very underrated. A decent enough range of beers including guest ales (a good pint of Old Hooky was on the agenda last night). Reasonable prices (Nicholsons do generally offer good value for money). The main bar is a traditional Victorian style with many interesting and quite lavish features, paintings, mirrors, lamps, tiling and a quite unique ceiling. The 2 LCD Screens look a bit out of place but are well positioned and handy for sport. There is also a less grandiose downstairs ďAstoriaĒ bar (note the old picture of what is now the Astoria Theatre in its warehouse days). There is a decent food menu and despite being in one of Londonís busiest areas, I have never had any problems with service. The customer base is a mix of office workers, shoppers and tourists and I always find it quite a bubbly atmosphere.
RogerB - 27 Jan 2006 16:09
Highly decorated gin palace style small one room pub selling an average of four standard cask ales at fairly average West End prices. The stained glass dome at the back is quite attractive. Relaxed atmosphere and a mixed clientelle. Beer was in acceptable condition.
SilkTork - 7 Sep 2005 21:56
Pretty standard, and a bit grubby if you are a woman shopper. Try the Toucan a few streets away instead, cleaner and more hospitable I think.
anonymous - 8 Jun 2005 21:39
This pub is ok to escape the shoppers for a quick pint.
Womble - 17 Apr 2005 10:51
Agree completely with donrens. Also a haven of calm to escape Oxford Street hell!
benjamin22 - 7 Apr 2005 16:08
Good place to go if you're waiting for someone or you're going to the Astoria, but not somewhere to go out of your way for.
donrens - 15 Feb 2005 12:08
What Slipperduke/Sigmund said.
Flatman - 28 Jan 2005 19:43
Re. Arturo_Morales 21mar 2003. Go to The Tottenham, ask for the staff records, and if you can find a single Polish person that was working there, I'll (a) buy a hat and (b) eat it.
Alan - 22 Oct 2004 19:12
This pub is great, I worked there 98 and atleast then the pub was good and clean and staff were friendly.
Jon Peel - 14 Sep 2004 02:53
Nearly always crowded by tourists and Londoners alike, it is a good meeting place, and a great watering hole when the family are busy in the Virgin Megastore or eating in the McDonalds next door. And there are 6 cask ales!
Sigmund - 13 Mar 2004 22:59
As it's impossible not to find on leaving Tottenham Court Road station, it's a good place to meet people who are unfamiliar with London. This, however, is the only good thing I can say about it. It doesn't have a single redeeming feature.
Slipperduke - 11 Feb 2004 17:37
Maybe The Tottenham is not the best place to spend a whole evening, but it is an escape from the hordes of shoppers on Oxford Street !
Caveman - [email protected] - 3 Feb 2004 13:39
The best place on earth :o) Used to work there ages ago ('97), had the best time ever ! Please go, eventhough everybody else here talks bad about about it!
Birgitte - [email protected] - 7 Jan 2004 14:13
Hownot been for yonks - used to be v expensive but great decore & excellent meeing place - but going tonight - so report back next week.
PJ - 5 Dec 2003 13:11
On the redeeming side, it does have two shiny TVs showing sport things. On the downside it is an inevitable tourist trap.
Pauly H - 1 Dec 2003 12:54
To sum this place up it is a shithole! which is a shame as it is a handy meeting point, and also the only pub on Oxford Street. I am afraid only soap dodgers and bears drink in here!
pat - 22 Oct 2003 14:31
naff pub. boring, smelly. only a place to meet and get out quick!

JP - 25 Sep 2003 17:07
Once visited out of sheer curiosity. Seen it for years as I walked out of TCR station and one day decided to try it, but as I always suspected, it's a small tourist trap with no soul. Go into Soho instead. Everyone else does.
Ruby - 18 Jul 2003 16:03
Very expensive considering service is terrible. barstaff couldn't speak English and rather just spoke Polish amongst themselves Dupeks!
arturo_morales - 21 Mar 2003 10:42
Not a great place. I only didn't notice the high prices because I was somewhat drunk when I arrived. Lacks atmosphere and seems to be full of guys that are only there to check the football results.
Alistair - 29 Nov 2002 13:41
Can't say much about this pub - except every time we start in here - we move on and get very very drunk elsewhere! It is also pretty expensive - even for London!
Katie - 25 Jul 2002 16:25

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