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Top 10 Best Pubs in Soho, London

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Looking to meet up with friends in Central London? Work in media and joining colleagues for some post-work beers? Need a swift, pre-theatre pint to get you in the mood? This top 10 guide to the best pubs in Soho offers everything from gay pubs, to pubs in Soho that show football, to trendy pubs serving craft ales and hearty burgers. You're never too far from a good pub in Soho.

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The Crown and Two Chairmen
Soho / Bar / Cuisine: British

Centrally located in the heart of Bohemian Soho on Dean Street, it is an ideal place to catch up with friends post-work or to enjoy a relaxing Sunday lunch. This landmark pub offers 17 speciality draught beers, lagers and ciders. They offer regionally sourced and fresh seasonal pub food available 7 days a week for both lunch and dinner. They have a great terrace to sample the Soho street scene and also offer complimentary WiFi if that doesn't take your fancy. Contact The Crown and Two Chairmen directly

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Lyric Tavern
Soho / Bar /

This quaint little Victorian pub set over two floors is situated a short distance away from Piccadilly Circus in the vibrant Soho area. They offer cask and keg beers from their 20 taps from upcoming independent breweries. Some of their favourite breweries include Magic Rock, Beavertown and Brooklyn. They have a reasonably priced wine list as well as a carefully selected list of spirits. Their food is affordable pub classics such as classic burgers, pulled pork, BBQ ribs and Sunday roasts. It is a proper pub with an open fire and many great conversations to be had. Contact Lyric Tavern directly

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The French House Dining Room
Soho / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: Modern Eclectic

The French House is, well, really really French. French flags, adorn the outside, it has impeccable French pedigree, as apparently the base of Charles de Gaulle ran his London base in the Vichy era and you can order a fantastic selection of French wine and champagne. Half the clientele have been going there for decades, but this is because they know they have found a good thing. It will be busy, but it will be fun. Contact The French House Dining Room directly

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The John Snow
Soho / Bar / Cuisine: Eclectic

The John Snow is one of the old fashioned boozers in Soho that manages to cling on to life amongst the influx of trendy new bars and eateries. It's a Sam Smiths pub, so all the beer and spirits are own brand and cheaper than your average London pub and like all London Sam Smiths, has a sort of warm, low key friendliness which means that you can turn up in a suit, or paint speckled overalls and feel like you fit in. Contact The John Snow directly

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The George
Soho / Bar /

The George has been around since 1727 and although there has been some updates, the management have rightly thought why mess with a good thing. It's a proper old school London pub with lots of dark wood and low lighting. The clientele are mainly locals which is always a good sign. There is beer, there is wine, and there is pizza. It's a basic place that can cover all your basic needs, with a cheery manner. What more can anyone ask? Contact The George directly

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The Toucan
Soho / Bar / Restaurant /

No Irish-themed evening is complete without a pit-stop at The Toucan in Soho. It's cosy and memorably traditional, and gives you the opportunity to enjoy some of the Ireland's best whiskey in the heart of central London. Just ask the barkeeper. Failing that, a pint of the black stuff should do the trick. Contact The Toucan directly

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Coach & Horses
Soho / Bar / Cuisine: Pub

A well-established drinking house, with literary leanings and a claim to fame as London's one and only vegetarian pub. It also has very popular piano sing-along sessions every Wednesday and Saturday nights and, in keeping with its yen for the good olde days, maintains a deliberately low-key appearance. Reservations can be made for food served upstairs in a tea-room setting but not for the space-challenged bar where some food is also available. Contact Coach & Horses directly

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Admiral Duncan
Soho / Bar /

A very well-known gay pub in Soho and consequently hugely popular, especially at weekends when a boisterous party atmosphere prevails. Cabarets with drag-queen acts are a big draw, attracting audiences of all sexual persuasions, and when the stage is not demanding your attention, music from the jukebox music may be. This can be a pub for people-watching but a quiet drink is still possible on weekday afternoons; beers are your best bet but campy cocktails and wine also available. Contact Admiral Duncan directly

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The Kings Arms
Soho / Bar /

It might not have the status of a landmark gay hangout but the King's Arms earns a place on any map of queer London. It's a lively joint when DJs spin the decks and the upstairs open mic sessions (last Saturday of each month) are a big draw. Standard pub grub but there's nothing amiss with the pork scratchings or tempura prawns and while the choice of beers is not eclectic you can be sure of a decent cask ale. Contact The Kings Arms directly

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The Old Coffee House
Soho / Bar / Cuisine: Pub

Don't be put off by 1) the name (this really is a pub) or 2) by the kitsch gewgaws that constitute a sad excuse for interior d├ęcor or 3) by the Sky-monopolised TV screen. There really is a good reason to come here and that's the properly maintained and competitively priced beers from Brodie's, the Leyton microbrewery. And if you want to catch a vital football match, this is one place in Soho you can rely on. Contact The Old Coffee House directly

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