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Westminster & Soho

This trail starts in the bustling West End and ends near Buckingham Palace. Along the way you’ll see the fashionable Mayfair where you can make a stop at the Masons Arms for some hearty food and then onto trendy Soho. The Coach and Horses and Blue Posts will always offer you a warm welcome and a well kept pint and The Garrick and Brewmaster are on hand in the heart of Theatre land. End your day with a sharing platter and the Old Star and not to be missed is the magical Sherlock Holmes complete with a museum and a Sherlock Holmes ale.

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Masons Arms

Maddox Street, Mayfair, London, W1S 1PY.
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There are various stories about the Masons Arm’s history, from originally being a tailors shop, a hairdresser’s salon & a public house. The building is believed to be 300 years old & has been a pub for at least 150 years, with the landlady of the time naming the pub after the stonemasons who were busy on the development of Mayfair. With St Georges church opposite, it’s said that a groom could often be seen downing a swift half before taking the leap into marriage. Still frequented by the tailors of Saville Row, the Masons is a fine, welcoming establishment serving cask ale & hearty pub food.

Nearby attractions include 4Oxford Circus, 5Piccadilly Circus, 7Leicester Square, 6The National Portrait Gallery, and 8Trafalgar Square.

Contact number 020 7491 7809
External area No
Function room? Yes
Sky Sports? No
Wifi? Yes
Nearest station Oxford Circus
Food times Mon-Sat: 11am-1opm. Sun: 11am-5pm
Opening times Mon - Sat: 11am - 11pm Sun: 11am - 6pm
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Blue Posts

18 Kingley Street, Mayfair, London, W1B 5PX.
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Built in 1736, the Blue Posts name comes from the fact that the pillars outside were originally painted blue to make the house more distinctive, before the days of numbering buildings. Now the pub provides an escape from the hustle and bustle of Carnaby Street, which became the centre of London fashion in the swinging 60’s. With lovely wood panelling and open fireplace, it’s a true traditonal London pub. In fact, you can still hear the locals tell stories of how the Beatles used to meet their managers in this very pub.

Nearby attractions include 12The Tate Modern, 11St Paul's Cathedral, 14Borough Market, 17The Monument, and 16London Dungeon.

Contact number 020 7734 1170
External area Outside tables
Food times 11am - 10pm
Function room? Yes
Sky Sports? No
Wifi? Yes
Nearest station Oxford Circus
Opening times Mon - Thurs: 11am - 11pm Fri: 11am - 12am Sat: 11am - 12am Sun: 12pm - 10.30pm
Website Blue Posts
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Coach & Horses

1 Great Marlborough Street, Soho, London, W1F 7HG.
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A pub with the name Coach & Horses has been on this site in Soho since 1739 and the existing building dates back to a similar era. The famous poet Percy Shelley had lodgings opposite the pub since 1811, where he wrote several famous pieces. It’s believed that this was his local watering hole, before he eloped with Mary - who of course went on to write the infamous ‘Frankenstein’. There may not be such monsters here today - just a good pint of ale and some hearty pub food.

Nearby attractions include 4Oxford Circus, 5Piccadilly Circus, 7Leicester Square, 6The National Portrait Gallery, and 8Trafalgar Square.

Contact number 020 7437 3282
External area Outside tables
Food times 11am - 10pm daily
Function room? Yes
Sky Sports? No
Wifi? Yes
Opening times Mon - Thurs: 11am - 11pm Fri: 11am - 12am Sat: 11am - 12am Sun: 11am - 10.30pm
Nearest station Oxford Circus
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Brewmaster

37 Cranbourn Street, St James’s, London, WC2H 7AD.
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The name Brewmaster (or formally braumeister), comes from the title given to someone who has studied the fine art of brewing. At this pub, we may not have a Brewmaster on site but we certainly know a good pint of ale. Being at the epicentre of Theatreland, the pub has provided good pub food to both actors and writers alike. Who knows, you may just bump into someone famous today!

Nearby attractions include 9Westminster Abbey, 10The London Eye, 8Trafalgar Square, 6The National Portrait Gallery, and 3Buckingham Palace.

Contact number 020 78361038
External area Outside tables
Function room? No
Sky Sports? No
Wifi? Yes
Nearest station Leicester Square
Food times 10am - 10pm
Opening times Mon - Thurs 10am -11pm Fri - Sat 10am - 12pm Sun 10am - 10.30pm
Website Brewmaster
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Garrick Arms

8-10 Charing Cross Road, Charing Cross, London, WC2H 0HG.
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The Garrick takes its name from the famous theatre situated just a little further down Charing Cross Road. The theatre itself opened in 1889 and was named after David Garrick, an influential actor and producer of the 18th century. As David’s reputation lives on with the theatre, our reputation continues for fine wine, good ale cask and hearty pub food. Stop long enough and you may even spot an actor or two!

Nearby attractions include 7Leicester Square, 6The National Portrait Gallery, 8Trafalgar Square, 5Piccadilly Circus, and 10The London Eye.

Opening times Mon - Wed: 11am - 11pm Thurs : 11am - 11.30pm Fri - Sat: 11am - 12am Sun: 12pm - 10.30pm
Contact number 020 7240 5556
External area Outside tables
Food times 11am - 10pm daily (Currently starts 12pm Sunday due to licensing but we're applying to change this)
Function room? No
Sky Sports? No
Wifi? Yes
Nearest station Leicester Square
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Sherlock Holmes

10 Northumberland Street, St James’s, London, WC2N 5DB.
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In 1957, an exhibition to celebrate the Festival of Britain was purchased and found a home in the originally named Northumberland Arms. The subject of the exhibition was Sherlock Holmes, hence the name of the pub. With the support of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s family, the pub was filled with various artefacts, recording the adventures of the Master detective, including such items as Dr Watson’s old service revolver, original political cartoons & the stuffed, mounted head of none other than the hound of the baskervilles. Come and enjoy some aptly named food next to a mock up of Sherlock’s own study.

Nearby attractions include 8Trafalgar Square, 6The National Portrait Gallery, 7Leicester Square, 10The London Eye, and 5Piccadilly Circus.

Contact number 020 7930 2644
Food times 11am - 10pm daily
Opening times Mon - Thurs: 11am - 11pm Fri - Sat: 11am -12 am Sunday: 11 - 10.30pm
External area Outside tables
Function room? No
Sky Sports? No
Wifi? Yes
Nearest station Charing Cross/Embankment
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Old Star

66 Broadway, City-Of-Westminster, London, SW1H 0DB.
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The Old Star is over 300 years old and has a number of esteemed neighbours. Situated in close proximity to Buckingham Palace, Horse Guards Parade, Big Ben and Houses of Parliament, the basement of the pub used to be used as the Crown Vaults. These have now been converted into cosy coves, a setting frequented by the occasional MP. You can still enjoy its treasures with a pint of cask ale and some hearty pub food. We also have a function room which is available to hire.

Nearby attractions include 9Westminster Abbey, 3Buckingham Palace, 8Trafalgar Square, 10The London Eye, and 6The National Portrait Gallery.

Contact number 020 7222 8755
External area No
Food times 11am - 10pm Monday - Friday. 11am - 6pm Sat - Sun (closed nights)
Function room? Yes
Sky Sports? No
Wifi? Yes
Opening times Mon - Fri: 11am - 11pm Sat: 11am - 6.30 pm Sun: 11am - 6.30 pm
Nearest station St James Park
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