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Shakespeare's Head, Soho, W1

29 Great Marlborough Street
W1
W1F 7HZ
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Taylor Walker (Spirit Pubs)

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Tris C left this review about Shakespeare's Head

Situated in a tourist hotspot, this is a corner pub first recorded in the early 18th century, but rebuilt in 1927 with a smattering of brewers’ Tudor to the interior and unsurprisingly, operated by Greene King.
There’s a chequered bar apron and worn wood floor, a burgundy Anaglypta ceiling, fake mediæval chandeliers with filament bulbs, an ugly electric advertising board which looks like a smaller version of something you see at a bus stop and American football played on multiple TVs, which no one was watching, with sound turned down so as not to interfere with the banal music. Customers were a bit weird, some overly sauced.
Ales: GK IPA, London Glory, some own-brand beer I dared not try and the ubiquitous Landlord, neither price nor tasting notes recorded.
The first reviewer sums this place up perfectly: ‘If this pub was down a back street they would have to get their act together, but they can do whatever they like and still make a profit due to the fantastic location.’ Yup. This is one of the worst pubs in Soho.

On 19th October 2021 - rating: 3
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Graham Coombs left this review about Shakespeare's Head

Located next to the iconic Carnaby Street sign this is not a bad pub although some of the prices are clearly designed to punish the tourists. A traditional bar with leaded windows and some spurious woodwork and half-timbering. Greene King beers with guests.

On 21st August 2019 - rating: 6
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about Shakespeare's Head

Located in a pedestrianised area off the main part of Great Marlborough Street, this Greene King outlet can be quite hard to track down if using the address alone as it actually appears to be in Carnaby Street. However, once found, you find a rectangular bar with just the sort of traditional furniture and decor that the crowds of tourists no doubt hope to find. Limited seating space supplemented by an upstairs room (not visited) and patio tables out front. Four handpumps, three of which were operational on this visit - IPA and two from Wimbledon: Copper Leaf and the XXK winter ale (£4.95).

On 20th January 2018 - rating: 6
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by Tris C
London Charing Cross, 0.94 miles, 18 min walk (show)
London Euston, 1.44 miles, 27 min walk (show)
London Marylebone, 1.56 miles, 30 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for Shakespeare's Head, W1
19th Oct 2021, 16:25
Review submitted by Tris C
 
28th Mar 2021, 15:22
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 16 October 2019 by ROB Camra
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 16 October 2019 by ROB Camra
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 19 October 2021 by Tris C
  • CAMRA Discount : Yes - 10% - last updated 16 October 2019 by ROB Camra
  • Car Park : No last updated 16 October 2019 by ROB Camra
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 19 October 2021 by Tris C
  • Darts : No last updated 19 October 2021 by Tris C
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 16 October 2019 by ROB Camra
  • Jukebox : No last updated 19 October 2021 by Tris C
  • Karaoke : No last updated 19 October 2021 by Tris C
  • Live Music : No last updated 16 October 2019 by ROB Camra
  • Live TV Sports : Yes - Sky Sports/BT Sport. - last updated 19 October 2021 by Tris C
  • Micropub : No last updated 16 October 2019 by ROB Camra
  • Pinball : No last updated 19 October 2021 by Tris C
  • Pool Table : No last updated 19 October 2021 by Tris C
  • Quiz Night : No last updated 19 October 2021 by Tris C
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 16 October 2019 by ROB Camra
  • Real Cider : No last updated 16 October 2019 by ROB Camra
  • Wheelchair Access : Yes - Disabled WC. - last updated 19 October 2021 by Tris C
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 16 October 2019 by ROB Camra
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