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Address29 Greek Street
Soho
London
W1D 5DH
Tags Alcohol License Disabled Access Bar / Music Venue Comedy Club Historic Building Pub / Bar Restaurant

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The Coach and Horses is a Soho institution. A straightforward, no-nonsense pub and microcosm of Soho life: painters, actors, journalists, authors and other bohemian characters have always rubbed shoulders here with people from all walks of life.

This unique environment created by the infamously straight-talking landlord, Norman Balon, continues in full-swing today, 2 years after his retirement. London's self-proclaimed 'rudest landlord' set the tone at the Coach for 62 years and encouraged an atmosphere that appealed to a host of regulars such as Francis Bacon, Peter O'Toole, Jeffrey Bernard, George Melly, Lucien Freud, Tom Baker and the likes.

The Private Eye gang can also be counted amongst the regulars and have established a 40 year plus tradition of using the dining room to hold their infamous fortnightly lunches, a tradition that continues to this day. Accessed from behind the bar, The Private Eye Dining Room is now open to the public for the first time, for lunch and dinner.

Michael Heath's much loved Private Eye comic strip, 'The Regulars', adorns the walls, immortalising life in the Coach and those who could be found regularly propping up the bar.

The West End Play 'Jeffrey Bernard is Unwell' not only told the story of one of the pub's most stalwart drinkers, erstwhile Spectator journalist Jeffrey Bernard, but also saw the whole pub interior recreated in meticulous detail as a setting for the play.

The Coach and Horses can lay claim to the rare honour of being as famous in its own right as some of its most celebrated patrons.

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