Coach & Horses
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. There are ten flavours of pickled eggs, for starters, plus an all-vegetarian food menu and, upstairs, a small ‘secret’ tea room. Decor, meanwhile, is stuck firmly in the past, with carpets worn threadbare by decades of post-work sessions.
It all adds up to a curious mix of old-timey standards and progressive ideas which, crucially, work together like a charm. We seriously doubt there’s anywhere else in the city you’ll hear a rendition of ‘My Old Man’s A Dustman’ while chomping on a tofu burger.
29 GREEK STREET
+44 20 7437 3282
I discovered this little gem whilst attending an event in their upstairs room and have been back a couple of times since. This is a lovely little pub, nestled around the back of Old Compton Street. It’s location means that its less rammed come 6pm than other establishments on the main streets of Soho and it’s quirky enough to keep you coming back.
It has a lovely, if small, beer garden (more of a beer terrace) and hosts weekly sing a longs around a piano. What more could you want?
Came here for a drink before dinner. As it’s ‘away from the bustle’ did not seem too busy. Had quite a few pub dogs inside which gave me a lot of things to coo at. Decent beer selection but nothing too far out of the ordinary.