Pillars of Hercules

Historic Bar / Pub
Pillars of Hercules Pillars of Hercules in London’s Soho is a traditional English pub perfect for a quiet pint. Sip your way through London with Party Earth. London England 51.514548 -0.131192
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Party Earth Review Although named after a Greek demigod and located on Greek Street, Pillars of Hercules is a pure English pub – a quiet place for a pint without the bells and whistles or musclemen seeking to slay the nine-headed... ... read full review

  • Tube:

    Central, Northern Lines: Tottenham Court Road

  • Phone:

    020 7437 1179

  • Hours:

    M–Th 11am–11:30pm, F–Sa 11am–midnight, Su noon–10:30pm
    Food served daily noon–9pm

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth Pillars of Hercules Review

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Pillars of Hercules in London’s Soho is a traditional English pub perfect for a quiet pint. Sip your way through London with Party Earth.

Although named after a Greek demigod and located on Greek Street, Pillars of Hercules is a pure English pub – a quiet place for a pint without the bells and whistles or musclemen seeking to slay the nine-headed Hydra.

The site of a tavern since the 1700s, the venue has a good bit of history hidden inside its revamped imitation-Tudor façade. Charles Dickens mentions it in A Tale of Two Cities, and modern English novelists like Martin Amis, Clive James, and Ian McEwan spent a good bit of time here penning prose in the 1970s.

Inside, the surprisingly narrow space features English flags and banners hung from the low ceiling and across the back of the bar, which touts a half-dozen hand pumps for cask ales, along with traditional keg standards and a tidy selection of wine.

Chalkboard communiqués with menus and prices litter the walls, as do mirrors and ink engravings of London circa the 1800s.

Tired office workers and laid-back creative types squeeze around the handful of wooden tables, or pop outside for a quick smoke before warming up again with traditional fare like kidney pudding or mac and cheese.

The pub is by no means a party hotspot, but whether it’s the best of times, the worst of times, or all the times between, Pillars of Hercules serves up an authentic English pub experience in the heart of tourist-trap Soho.

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Tip from Jonah:

The 3-for-2 discount on beer on Mondays at Hercules is guaranteed to give you the strength to muscle through the rest of your week.

  • Crowd

    Writers and readers, office mates, tourists off the beaten track, casual locals, 20s to late 30s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Live indie band performs Tu 6–9pm. Bartenders’ playlist all other times, though rarely tuned loud enough to intrude on conversation.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Traditional pub fare like steak and kidney pudding, mac and cheese, burgers, salads, and sandwiches.

  • Prices

    Bar snacks £1–£2.50, starters £5+, entrées £10–£14. Beer £3–£5, wine £3.50–£6/glass or £15–£20/bottle, spirits £3–£5.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual: jeans, plaid shirts, beanie hats, scruffy artist attire, buttoned-up office wear with the buttons undone.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Mondays for a 3-for-2 discount on beer or Tuesdays for a little live music and a pre-game pint.

  • Close By

    Thirst (53 Greek Street) is a cozy corner bar with an extensive cocktail menu and a bumping basement dance floor.

Pillars of Hercules User Reviews

Average rating:
traditional pub in Soho
Alessia F. Dec 7, 2012
Pillars of Hercules was part of our Soho pub night, and it’s a very traditional-looking and feeling pub. The food wasn’t great and the staff wasn’t all that friendly, but it had that kind of intimate, local feel that I look for in pubs, especially in Soho where they can become a bit of a place tourists do and the locals won’t be caught dead in. There’s a nice area in the back that has some tables and chairs and feels less crazy and chaotic than the front of the bar, where it can be hard to find a seat. All-around a solid, good pub.
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