London, United Kingdom
September 2, 2001
It also is one of the few parts of London with 24 hour nightlife and I shall be telling of the best places to go. The cafes down Old Compton Street itself are open all hours and cater for the after-clubbers and some of the restaurants have very late licences allowing you to sit outside and watch the show.
To reach it the nearest tube stations are Tottenham Court Road and Leicester Square. Walk north or south along this artery and turn west into Soho at the 'Molly Moggs' pub.
The Edge, Soho Square (closes 6.00am)
Approaching from the north you will hit the Jacobean Soho Square and its lawns. In the north-west corner, on four floors, is the stylish Edge bar. Barstaff are helpful and food is good, music is techno and on summer nights the crowds spill out onto Soho Square.
The Village, 81 Wardour Street (closes 1.00am)
This is the bar which started the ascendancy of Old Compton Street. And is still one of the best. Music is classic trash, beer is very good, especially the Boddingtons and Tetleys. And the decor very stylish. Downstairs is a very classy basement bar.
The Yard, 57 Rupert Street, (closes 12.00am)
Tucked away in a courtyard on Berwick Street market is an oasis in Soho. A cobbled courtyard decorated like a garden is open to the air and the bar has good beer and music. On summer nights becomes very popular and is well known for being friendly.
Comptons, Old Compton Street (closes 11.30pm)
The pub that the street was named after in 1632, this is a traditional British pub with Victorian exterior and lots of wood pannelling (see photo). The clientele is somewhat older and the beer especially the Tennants and Greene King is exceptional. Upstairs is a DJ and music.
Ku Bar (closes 11.30pm) and '79 Charing Cross Road' (closes 2.00am), Charing Cross Road.
Both are just south of Cambridge Circus and are worth a look. The Ku bar is very pretentious with under 25 posing with their bottled beers. Though the upstairs is very nice. '79 Charing Cross Road', is a another good'un, and a balcony, late licence and draught beers costing £1.50 makes it very popular.
The above are not exhaustive. Also worth a mention are Kudos, Mantos, Rupert Street, Escape Bar, Bar Code and the famous Admiral Duncan - victim of a hate-bombing in 1999. Worth a look just to see the memorial to those who died through the action of a lone bigot.
From journal "Wilde about Oscar" - Gay and Lesbian London