Having a beer in here can feel like drinking in a bejeweled, red velvet box. That’s thanks to the many acid-etched glass screens that subdivide the busy bar into dignified drinking areas. Originally installed in 1895 to prevent brawls between the working and middle classes at a time when even subway rides were segregated, the screens somehow survived the 20th century. Drinks are £1 more than they should be but it’s one of the prettiest pubs in London, and its location southeast of Oxford Circus makes it an easy stop.
The Argyll Arms
18 Argyll St., W1
Our Rating Neighborhood Soho Hours Mon–Thurs 10am–11:30pm, Sat (midnight), Sun 10am–11pm Transportation Tube: Oxford Circus Phone 020/7734-6117 Cuisine Type Pub Web site The Argyll Arms
Map18 Argyll St., W1 London
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