Coach and Horses

29 Greek Street Soho London W1D 5DH

Regulars and tourists rub along happily in this legendary boozer, just off Cambridge Circus in the heart of theatreland. The Coach and Horses’ status as Soho’s most notorious pub is thanks largely to its role in the life and writings of the famously dissolute journalist Jeffrey Bernard; its interior was re-created on stage when Peter O’Toole starred in the hit play Jeffrey Bernard Is Unwell. The upstairs dining room has also hosted the weekly editorial lunches of the satirical magazine Private Eye ever since its first edition. Despite the sign outside calling the pub ‘Norman’s’, the notoriously rude former landlord Norman Balon in fact left in 2006, and since 2011 it has been run by Fuller’s. There’s always London Pride on draught, as well as other beers and three ciders, and there are even twice-weekly singalongs at the piano, courtesy on Saturdays of the Magnificent Betty. Food is served in the bar as well as upstairs – and, unusually, it's all vegetarian. Children welcome until 9pm.

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