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Destination of The Month

Male-dominant Soho institution
Cruisy, non-precious two-floor pub attracting non-perfumed guys, including leathermen in day wear, bikers and bears. Consistently busy, with men often spilling out onto the pavement. Now a bit like the now-defunct and glorious Coleherne, but not quite as convincingly sleazy. In short, vanilla in the rough. Upstairs bar is decidedly more decorative and sit-down/relaxed. All drinks £2.50 on the normally packed Monday evenings, from 5pm ― one of Soho's better deals. Great for standing with a drink outside, watching the catwalk in action. Managed on and off between 1998 and March 2017 by guv'nor Neil Hodgson, whose attention to detail included a carpet woven for Comptons from a pattern used aboard the Titanic and sister ship the Olympic. Hodgson left London, but the carpet remains. The building, which dates from 1890 and was damaged during the Second World War, originally housed The Swiss Hotel, which then became The Swiss Tavern and, in 1986, Comptons. Nearby compatible watering holes include the King's Arms and the less cruisy Duke of Wellington [see entries]. Leather Alert: monthly, friendly and cruisy all-ages Leather Social, started up by Simon Allen in early 2013, meets every first Sunday from 5pm until 10.30pm in the upstairs bar

Tags: Mostly Men, Leather, Bears, Cruise Bar, Pub/Tavern, Smoking Area, Outdoor Patio

53 Old Compton St (Wardour Street)
London, England W1D 6HN

(020) 323-8016
Mon to Thu noon—11.30pm; Fri and Sat noon—midnight; Sun noon—10.30pm