Bradley's Spanish Bar

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Bradley's Spanish Bar Bradley’s Spanish Bar in Fitzrovia, London is a kitschy Spanish dive that’s been hosting rowdy crowds for decades. Join the fiesta in London with Party Earth. London England 51.516511 -0.132716
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Party Earth Review As London’s trendy media center, Fitzrovia isn’t synonymous with dumpy watering holes, but Bradley’s Spanish Bar has played against type since first opening in the 1960s. A combination of kitschy... ... read full review

  • Tube:

    Central, Northern Lines: Tottenham Court Road

  • Phone:

    020 7636 0359

  • Links:

  • Hours:

    M–Th noon–11:30pm, F–Sa noon–midnight, Su 4–10:30pm

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot
    • Night Spot

Party Earth Bradley's Spanish Bar Review

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Bradley’s Spanish Bar in Fitzrovia, London is a kitschy Spanish dive that’s been hosting rowdy crowds for decades. Join the fiesta in London with Party Earth.

As London’s trendy media center, Fitzrovia isn’t synonymous with dumpy watering holes, but Bradley’s Spanish Bar has played against type since first opening in the 1960s.

A combination of kitschy Spanish-themed dive and gritty English pub, the venue is marked by a bright red-and-yellow sign that advertises the bar like a matador tricking bulls.

The bright colors, however, stay on the street, for inside is an amicably dim and dingy monument to all things stereotypically Spanish, from the walls covered in bullfighting leaflets, portraits of homeland royalty, postcards, and old trinkets to the raggedy red tufted sofas that have hosted many drunken buns.

The always crowded establishment spans two teensy floors and draws a diverse but resoundingly unpretentious clan of regulars that includes international students, local kids, festive tourists, rowdy Iberians, and plenty of area workers looking to shed their suits.

Across from the ground floor bar lays the jukebox, a prized possession in that it still plays nothing but vinyl – even if the selection is mostly Western hits from the latter half of the twentieth century.

Reasonable prices for the area make the joint a solid budget-friendly destination, while a TV in the disheveled basement tunes in lots of Liga España soccer to guarantee a Spanish-speaking audience for any match.

Bradley’s Spanish Bar isn’t necessarily authentic – hungry patrons, for example, must make do with chips and pork scratchings rather than tapas – but it certainly serves as a quirky institution to get a little loco in London.

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Tip from Jonah:

Bradley’s has Mahous and Cruzcampo beer on draft – hard finds in London – so be sure and try a few of these Spanish mainstays if you’ve never sampled them before.

  • Crowd

    College of London kids, study abroad students, homesick Spaniards, unpretentious area workers, budget-minded locals, savvy tourists, 20s to mid-30s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    A vinyl-playing jukebox stocked with hits from the 50s to the 90s.

    TVs tuned to Spanish soccer.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    No substantial fare, but basic bar snacks are available.

  • Prices

    Snacks £1. Beer £2–£4+, wine £2.50–£6/glass or £13–£16/bottle, spirits and shots £2.50–£3, spirits with a mixer £4–£7.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Anything goes.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Any night for a good crowd, with the biggest gatherings on the expected Fridays and Saturdays.

  • Close By

    East Street (3-5 Rathbone Place) is a fast-food pan-Asian restaurant serving food that won’t blow anyone’s mind, but that’s all served at prices that won’t break the bank – meaning there will be plenty of coin left over for drinking at Bradley’s.

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