What is the Coach and Horses pub like?
The Coach and Horses is one of the oldest pubs in Soho. It is often called "Norman's Coach and Horses" as it used to run by a legendary landlord - Norman Balon. He was known as 'London's rudest landlord' because of the boisterous banter that he would have with the customers. It has the feel of a traditional British pub - there is carpeted flooring, cushioned seating, wooden tables and ornate old lampshades.
If you get hungry whilst you are in the Coach and Horses you can head to their upstairs restaurant - the popular 'Private Eye dining Room'. It is a traditionally British restaurant serving dishes such as fish and chips and fish finger sandwiches. It is called the Private eye Dining Room because this is where the staff from the famous Private Eye satirical newspaper (whose offices are round the corner) has their meetings.
Who would visit this bar?
As with all of Britain's best pubs, the ethos of this pub is that everybody is welcome. Whether you come in the day or in the evening, you can relax in a laid-back environment and enjoy a drink surrounded by friendly faces. There is no need to dress up to head to The Coach and Horses. The people who are dressed up who you see drinking in there are probably on their way to or from the theatre or dinner.
When is the best time to visit?
You can come at any time in the day or in the evening and find a relaxing atmosphere in The Coach and Horses. If you would like to ensure that you get a seat and do not need to wait too long to order a drink at the bar, it is best to head to the pub before after work hours i.e. around 5pm each day. However, if what you are after is some hustle bustle and a true Soho atmosphere, then after work is precisely the right time to head to the pub.
Where is the bar situated?
Closest Tube: Piccadilly Circus (Brown Line / Bakerloo Line and Blue Line / Piccadilly Line)
Why should you consider visiting The Coach and Horses?
The Coach and Horses is a Soho institution. To the untrained eye it looks similar to the other pubs in the area. However, the pub is steeped in history - it is known for having one of the famous landlords in London and is a regular haunt for local journalist and creatives.
The Coach and Horses
29 Greek Street
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7437 5920