The Dog and Duck

Historic Bar / Pub
The Dog and Duck The Dog and Duck in London’s Soho is a budget-friendly old pub popular with tourists & area workers alike. Grab some authentic London flavor with Party Earth. London England 51.514017 -0.131965
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The Dog and Duck - Historic Bar | Pub in London.
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Party Earth Review Cozy boozer The Dog and Duck appears to have changed little since its 18th-century beginnings, and serves as a budget-friendly destination in this traditionally wallet-shredding part of town. The pub isn’t... ... read full review

  • Tube:

    Central, Northern Lines: Tottenham Court Road

  • Phone:

    020 7494 0697

  • Links:

  • Hours:

    Daily 10am–11pm

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth The Dog and Duck Review

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The Dog and Duck in London’s Soho is a budget-friendly old pub popular with tourists & area workers alike. Grab some authentic London flavor with Party Earth.

Cozy boozer The Dog and Duck appears to have changed little since its 18th-century beginnings, and serves as a budget-friendly destination in this traditionally wallet-shredding part of town.

The pub isn’t exactly off the tourist radar, so visitors can expect to find lots of out-of-towners once they cram into this tiny space, which features walls covered with intricate glazed tiles and gleaming bronze finishes, decades of dust in the glass collection cases above the bar, and classic Victorian chandeliers swinging from the ceiling.

Touristy or not, the place was a favorite of famed Romantic painter John Constable in its early days, and more recently for a little-known singer named Madonna.

A prime corner location means the venue is always busy, as a consistent stream of the Soho media crowd grabs a smoke outside and groups settle in to any available nook to sample a range of beers that, while fairly traditional in selection, at least sticks to the £3.50–£6 range.

A plaque and a narrow staircase lead guests to the George Orwell dining room – named after another former regular – which is an intimate space with candlelit tables, a downscaled bar, and large windows looking out to the street.

English mainstays like fish and chips and sausage and mash highlight the menu of comfort food at The Dog and Duck, itself a comfortable place for anyone seeking an authentic English pub experience in Central London.

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  • Crowd

    Lunching Soho media types, range of tourists with guidebooks in hand, anyone in need of a no-fuss pint and nosh in this part of town, barhoppers, and a few disillusioned folks hoping to see Madonna, 20s to 50s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Playlist of whatever the bartenders fancy, though music is usually turned down so as not to intrude on conversation.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Menu of classic English breakfast and lunch/dinner dishes, served daily until 10pm.

  • Prices

    Starters and bar snacks £4.50–£12, entrées £8.50–£12.50. Beer and cider £3.50–£6, wine £3.50–£5.50/glass or £12.50–£26/bottle, long drinks £4.50–£6.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual: t-shirts, jeans, traditional office attire, whatever came out of the suitcase.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Midweek evenings for a big crowd of local workers, or Fridays and Saturdays for a steady stream of young barhoppers working their way through Central London.

  • Close By

    Party seekers who are both thirsty and thrifty would do well to stop by Thirst (53 Greek Street), a snug but chic Soho lounge where the too-good-to-pass-up drink specials explain the continuous crush at the bar.

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