Admiral Duncan

94% love it
Open and accessible bar on Soho's gay catwalk
Popular and very centrally located Soho haunt known for its friendly staff and jukebox of 80s and 90s hits. Has a quaint provincial-neighbourhood feel despite its hot location, with outdoor drinking (in a cordoned-off area) overlooking Old Compton St a bonus. A good old-fashioned drinking hangout, with cabaret introduced into the roster in 2012. Gets quite crowded, especially on Saturday nights. On 30 April 1999 a neo-Nazi nail-bombed the pub, having targeted London's black and Bangladeshi communities in the two previous weeks. The explosion killed three Admiral Duncan customers and seriously injured many others. As of September 2020 the pub is shut, presumably owing to the fact that the narrowness of the bar is not COVID-friendly.


    • raiderfra
      raiderfra Over a year ago

      Relaxed atmosphere. Friendly staff

    • LondonGuy123
      LondonGuy123 Over a year ago
      Hates it

      Traditional pub
      The Admiral Duncan is the quintessential idea of a British pub but with a mostly gay clientele. The pub is heavily embraced gay culture and is named after the Adm. Duncan who was the one to defeat the Dutch fleet in 1797. This pub has an amazing past and real history in London as it was attacked in 1999 by a neo-Nazi group. Today you can see a chandelier which was hung in memory of those who were injured in this attack so many years ago. This attack paved way for broader relations between local government and police with the gay community and since these grievous actions took place the community has grown into something absolutely beautiful that needs to be seen to believed. This historic day bar is truly one of the must stop locations for any gay tourist in London due to its elaborate history and beautiful atmosphere.

    • androo
      androo Over a year ago
      Loves it

      An important place
      This friendly bar is surprisingly attitude free given it's Soho location. The target of a bomb 'in' which several people died, the memorial to them is a bronze sculpture which is suspended from the ceiling 'in' the bar.

    • Dazcat
      Dazcat Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Great Pub
      When traveling through London this is a pub in which I always make a stop. Nice staff. Friendly crowd.

    • DavidRaif
      DavidRaif Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Small things
      They say the best things always comes in small packages, and this is the worlds best, Plus you meet some great guys in here.

    • Koeiseun
      Koeiseun Over a year ago
      Hates it

      Nice local pub
      Friendly crowd....wish the beer was colder

    • mascguy
      mascguy Over a year ago
      Hates it

      Loud, fun and cruisy

    • WillyAm
      WillyAm Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Lots of Fun
      Friendly bar staff and not to many poesy guys, Monday is Karaoke night which is always a laugh

    • tfcfan
      tfcfan Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Intimate local feel to this pub
      Small bar on Old Compton Street. Good for a drink or two in the evening. Attracts an eclectic crowd. I've never been quite able to see the particular attraction of the place, but it seems to have carved out a niche.