Some Great Traditional Pubs in London, England (4)

Argyll Arms
18 Argyll Street,  Soho, W1F 7TP

After walking along lively Oxford Street, home to many splendid shops, the stunning Argyll Arms provides welcome respite from the demands of shopping among the hordes of glassy eyed shoppers from all over the world intent on snaring gifts for themselves, and maybe even tossing in a few trinkets for loved ones back home.
The main hallway, which is richly decorated with cut and etched glass and handcrafted woodwork, as most of the pub features, has three cosy mahogany wood snugs or cubicles opening off it. A single long bar with polished etched mirrors as a backdrop serves all areas with a good selection of real ales on hand pumps.
Adnams Bitter from Suffolk was in magnificent form, hitting all the right hoppy notes, encouraging one to sit a spell and sup a few before the cask was finished. Time may not have stood still but I sure wasn’t going anywhere in a hurry with a brilliant beer ‘on song’. Having beer this exquisitely good is like being on the perfect first date, all enjoyment and not a question to be answered.
This glorious 18th century pub is noted for having survived both world wars intact when many London pubs were bombed out and or, having survived, were pulled down by over zealous builders. It is on CAMRA’s national inventory of listed pub interiors.


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