The Troubadour

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Bohemian coffee house serving food and poetry
One of the last of London's 1950s coffee houses, the Troubadour has expanded and no longer caters to just those content with serviceable coffee, magical candlelit atmosphere, endless loop of Bach's harpsichord concertos, poetry readings and basement folk gigs (Bob Dylan, Paul Simon and Martin Carthy all played here). Walls have been knocked down and the space, food menu and wine list have expanded well beyond any beatnik's expectations. Gay men once looked like hippies, and this would have been on the map, especially as it's situated next door to the Coleherne — at one time London's ultimate gay pub/bar destination, now a gastro pub. New owner as of about 2016.