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16 December 2011

Drink at the Coach & Horses

The Coach & Horses in Soho is probably best known for its former patron Jeffrey Bernard, the thirsty and often-unwell columnist who was a regular at the pub, and whose story inspired Keith Waterhouse's play which sees him locked in overnight.

It is a lovely pub, though and though often crowded it maintains much of the independent personality it had during the time of 'London's rudest landlord' Norman Balon. It also has a hidden dining room upstairs known for hosting Private Eye lunches, and also for its daytime Secret Tearoom (which is so secret it is now advertised by a huge blackboard outside).

All in all, you could do a lot worse in the area. For more, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coach_and_Horses,_Soho


  1. A book now very impressive

  2. Just heard you on BBC London and liked what I heard. It's a lovely website.

    One point about this piece - Jeffrey Bernard was a columnist for The Spectator rather then Private Eye.

  3. Sorry to be a pedant but Jeffrey Bernard was a columnist for both The Spectator and Private Eye. While it was the Speccie's Low Life column for which he was most famous, and from where Keith Waterhouse got the name of his play, Bernard was an Eye contributor between 1977 and 1980.