A laid-back, spacious, wood-lined, and easy-to-find pub situated east across the road from the entrance to the National Portrait Gallery, the Chandos has an upper-floor Opera Room furnished with sofas. Big and relaxed, with lots of people who come for a drink before dashing out again, it looks older than it is (it was renovated in early 2006), but it’s zero-attitude and makes a solid pre- or post-show choice. This is what an everyday pub is like.
29 St Martin’s Lane, WC2
Our Rating Neighborhood Covent Garden & the Strand Hours Mon–Fri 11am–11pm, Sat–Sun 11am–midnight Transportation Tube: Leicester Square or Charing Cross Phone 020/7836-1401 Cuisine Type Pub
Map29 St Martin’s Lane, WC2 London
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