The Toucan

Irish Pub
The Toucan The Toucan in London’s Soho is a cozy dive intent on celebrating the magnificence of Guinness. Come grab a proper pint in London with Party Earth. London England 51.515052 -0.133145
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The Toucan - Irish Pub in London.
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Party Earth Review Despite bearing the name of a South American bird, The Toucan is a treasured Soho dive that serves as a testament to all things Guinness. Entering the venue is like stepping into a cozy, cave-like shrine, with walls... ... read full review

  • Tube:

    Central, Northern Lines: Tottenham Court Road

  • Phone:

    020 7437 4123

  • Hours:

    M–F 11am–11pm, Sa 1–11pm, Su 4–10:30pm

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth The Toucan Review

The Scene

The Toucan in London’s Soho is a cozy dive intent on celebrating the magnificence of Guinness. Come grab a proper pint in London with Party Earth.

Despite bearing the name of a South American bird, The Toucan is a treasured Soho dive that serves as a testament to all things Guinness.

Entering the venue is like stepping into a cozy, cave-like shrine, with walls plastered with old-timey adverts that anyone who’s ever visited Dublin’s Guinness museum will surely recognize.

Designed to resemble pints of Guinness, the bar stools seem forever occupied by a mix of unpretentious local office workers, tourists, and Irish regulars thirsting for home.

The pub is obsessive about the integrity of its favored brew, and is frequently voted as home to the best Guinness in London. But even if every other drink is secondary, there’s still a small range of additional beers and ciders on the tap and a list of creative cocktails for the more adventurous.

All made with Guinness, of course.

Both lunch and dinner hours see a healthy crowd gathering for budget-friendly sandwiches and pies, with creative types usually spilling down the rickety staircase to chat around low tables as a lone TV casts a dim glow over the smaller second bar.

Though the venue is hardly a place to spot celebs, Jimi Hendrix made his unofficial London debut down here with an impromptu performance way back in 1966.

There’s little mention of that, though. The Toucan crowd is just here to sip and chat and the bartenders are too busy waiting for their pours to properly settle.

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Tip from Emma:

Mixing Guinness with champagne might seem like a mistake, but trusting The Toucan’s unique cocktail list can be an eye-opening – and mouthwatering – experience!

  • Crowd

    Casual Soho office mates, seasoned Irish expats, savvy tourists, creative types, and anyone who’s a devout fan of ye holy Guinness, mid-20s to late 30s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Lively conversation is king, though The Toucan is known to host live music on (very) varied weekend nights.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Menu heavy on the Irish classics including stew, jacket potatoes, sandwiches, rock oysters, and pies.

  • Prices

    Grub £5–£7. Beer £4–£6, wine £5/glass or £15–£20/bottle, cocktails £5–£9.50.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual: t-shirts, jeans, traditional office attire, lots of plaid, summer dresses, floral prints, fitted sweaters.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Anytime to test the old theory that a "Guinness Is Good for You!"

  • Close By

    Pillars of Hercules (7 Greek Street), while named after a Greek demigod, is a pure English pub perfect for a quiet pint without the bells and whistles or musclemen seeking to slay the nine-headed Hydra.

The Toucan User Reviews

Average rating:
dive pub
Sam R. Dec 12, 2012
The Toucan is a great dive pub. When you first walk in its small and low ceilinged and there’s a bar with stools that are really just converted wood barrels. The basements the fun bit though, its cramped but with so many personal touches. There’s a lot of wood and the cocktail lists are written up on boards and are fun to look at. I don’t know about how they taste, but they’re creative and for those willing to try new things.
dive pub
Alessia F. Dec 7, 2012
We ended up in the Toucan during a pub-hop in Soho. I was not quite in the mood for pubbing and the last place I wanted to end up was an Irish pub—though, as I was corrected later, this is NOT an Irish pub, it’s a Guinness pub named after a Toucan—but once I was inside, I was pleasantly surprised. Everyone seemed like a regular, all very friendly and pleasant, as were the bartenders, even though they gave me a funny look when I (gasp!) didn’t order a Guinness. The pub’s a bit grungy and they could use some air conditioning, but it’s an interesting, non-pretentious place.
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