The Champion, Fitzrovia
If you're worn out by the shopping hordes of Oxford Street and need a drink, the Champion is a good place to go. It's a beautifully appointed pub with a lovely exterior and fantastic champion-themed stained glass windows. It seems that Sam Smiths is annexing the West End for Yorkshire and taking the best looking pubs to boot. The service is excellent, even when it's busy, and on a warm evening towards the end of the week it can get very, very busy. During shopping hours, however, it's a fairly relaxed place and if it's crowded downstairs, there's always the upstairs bar. One other good point to note is that (like a good number of other Sam Smith's in the area) you can find that most traditional of pub games: a dart board.
15 Mar 2013
Bespeckled, fat, youngish surly barman last night - I was the only person waiting to be served at the bar and he made a point of not serving me for 5 minutes while he casually dried glasses from the dishwasher. Then he came and took away a small table we had put next to our big one without a word, just took it away. What a "youknowhat". The landlady was equally ugly and rude. A typical experience in one of London's typical dives. Never again.
14 Jul 2010
As the reviewer says, you know what you're going to get with a Sam Smith pub booze-wise. They also run pubs that look like pubs, which is nice, but this goes that extra mile with the stunning stained glass. Amazing to sit in a musty boozer on a sunny day and have an amazing view
12-13 Wells Street, Fitzrovia, London, W1T 3PA
020 7323 1228
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How to find the The Champion pub
Head east on Oxford Street (towards Tottenham Court Road), take the fourth turning left into Wells Street, and you will see the pub ahead of you.