Food & Drink

The Pikey

Situated next to the famous Samuel French Theatre Bookshop, one would expect to run into a playwright or two at The Pikey. In fact, when this place was The Coach & Horses, as it had been since the 1920s, one could expect to see William Holden sipping gin with William Faulkner or insert name of any cocktail loving Hollywood legend from the dawn of the silver screen. Now the C&H has been reborn as The Pikey. The original 20s-era bar has been lovingly restored with two additional rooms retrofitted as a contemporary UK-style gastropub.

The new front room greets you with it’s tiled floor, dark wood booths and open kitchen with white-hatted chefs preparing steaks, fish and fowl. And the kitchen is open until 1:30am! It’s the perfect meeting place for lunch and dinner.

To the right is the original room which preserves the bar and classic atmosphere of the old Coach and Horses, a favorite watering hole of Alfred Hitchcock among others. Whether you accompany your Fish and Chips with absinthe, one of over 25 single malt scotches, or just a tall can of Red Speckled Hen, you can disappear into the luxurious red booths and slip into the past, while being watched over by garden gnomes, a skylight and the Union Jack.

A dark wood corridor takes you to the back room, a private event space from Sun-Thurs that accommodates 40-50 guests. The entire venue (all three rooms) can be rented out to host up to 150 Dramatis personæ. The new owners are the same folks who gave us Bar Lubitsh and The Roger Room, so you know that every detail has been expertly rendered, and the overall experience will never disappoint. If you’re looking for a proper London Pub in the heart of Tinseltown, The Pikey will surely exceed your expectations.

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