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The Toucan (Bar, Restaurant)

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19 Carlisle Street, Soho Square, Soho, London, W1D 3BY
Cuisine: [Other/Unclassified]
Tel: 020 7437 4123 | Transport: Tottenham Court Road | Write review

The Toucan Review

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For almost 50 years (from 1935 to 1982) the Toucan was synonymous with advertising Guinness stout and many collectables such as postcards and models with Guinness toucans on may be found. The Toucan, off Soho Square, is dripping with such memorabilia. This pub has gone through a few changes since the original format of ‘Buzz's Bar’ in the basement and the sandwich bar/delhi ‘As You Like It’ on the ground floor back in the early 90’s, but the original concept of selling only the finest pint of Guinness in London still remains.

The pub expanded upstairs and opened a second Toucan on Wimpole Street. Downstairs remains a vibrant bar apparently playing an extensive repertoire of Irish/Celtic music (both traditional and contemporary) though when we were there the music was more rockish. Serving not only great Guinness but a huge selection of whiskey’s from Ireland (possibly one of the largest collections found in the world). Fresh oysters are available at £1 each and food is available all night.

The Toucan is still a popular pub for those seeking Irish quality, which may be a slight criticism as many tourists flock there struggling for space with the locals and regulars in the cozy bar. You can stand outside with your pints of Guinness, which many people do in the summer.
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Customer Reviews for The Toucan

Average (based on 4 votes): 4 Atmosphere: Value: Quality:

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“I have visited many pubs throughout the british isles over many years and the toucan is right up there with the very best of my favourites. without doubt the very best in london. It should not be missed by anyone either living in or visiting london. Congratulations to all responsible.”
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joe sciascia, o'briensbridge co.clare (8 years 10 months 6 days ago)

“One for a quiet pint of (good) Guinness and a read of the paper! If you're on the piss and just want lager, best give it a miss. As an Irishman I can testify that it's probably the only remotely real (though I hope I'm wrong) Irish pub in the West End.”
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Aydam Hennessy, London (9 years 9 months 27 days ago)

“This place is nice and cozy, but it's full of arrogant punters who think they own the joint. Not a problem if you're a regular I suppose 'cause they're probably your mates, but if you're not and your bar hopping, or in the area and looking for somewhere to sink a few probably better to skip this one. The service is poor as well.”
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D, London (10 years 7 months 27 days ago)

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“I think this is one of the best bars in London - And its especially going to be packed tonight - St. Patricks day. Its a tradition that we all meet there evey year - and i even meet the same people from the previous year and the chats are mighty. You might need to be standing outside the door right now to get in - but don't worry if the wether stays like it is sure we will all be outside!! You'll see us!! KISS ME IM IRISH!!”
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fiona cribben, london (13 years 7 months 5 days ago)

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