Where to drink in Soho, London
Updated: Oct 9, 2022
As you can expect, London's theatre district is absolutely packed with historic pubs, making the choice of where to buy a pint SO overwhelming.
Plus, being in a part of the city that's heaving with tourists, it can be difficult to find a truly great one, that's also authentic too. Some morph into cocktail bars losing their character and charm; others rely too much on their history and lose the quality of being a good pub. Others are just fake and contrived.
We've found our Top 3 in Soho to share with you. Next time you're in London, definitely visit these pubs and integrate yourself with the London lifestyle you've always wished!
A timepiece from the Victorian era, The Lyric remains a local's spot despite being just off Piccadilly Circus. The cosy interior is the perfect setting for the best roast dinner imaginable - a 2-person sharing platter of fabulous meat and vegetable with lashings of gravy served in a giant Yorkshire pudding (£30). Remember to book a table on a Sunday!
The French House
Truly historic. During World War 2, French House was a meeting point for the French Resistance and even to this day, French flags fly above. They only serve small pints and don't take well to phones, so enjoy the atmosphere and sample a drink or two.
Swim through the tourists in Chinatown and head to this excellent Irish pub. What seems like an intimate pub becomes a labyrinth of rooms and seats, finished with a huge tree (supposedly the Tree of Life) in the middle of the hall. Fantastic atmosphere at night with an extensive selection of drinks. Be sure to sit upstairs and look down upon the crowds. Enjoy!