The Lyric, Soho

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FAP Rating 2 - Click for an explanation of our ratings
The Lyric (or 'The Lyric - Soho', as it's name helpfully informs the geographically bereft) was one of more characterful pubs in the area before it closed in 2006. Happily, however, it's recently re-opened and is - for want of a better word - 'OK'. The attractive original frontage remains, along with some nice bits of tiling, while a new gantried bar area and candles give a potentially warm atmosphere. This is sadly offset by being painted in a predictable gastro-green and there being an almost complete lack of comfortable seating. The floor area has a few high level seats around the edge but also a conspicuous and sparse empty floor space. We can only assume its designed to facilitate more vertical drinkers in the small area available, but we do wonder how people eat in comfort. It's great to see the building back as a pub again, but it plays a little too safe for our tastes. To put it another way, it would have been an appropriate metaphor if the Janus theatre masks decoration on front of the pub had been correct (rather than having an over-optimistic pair of smiley masks).
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37 Great Windmill Street, Soho, London, W1D 7LT
020 7437 3983
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