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Shaftesbury Piccadilly Hotel

65 - 73 Shaftesbury Avenue, Piccadilly, W1D 6EX

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1 Leicester Place, Leicester Square, WC2H 7BP

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  • Area: Leicester Square
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Hampshire Hotel

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  • Area: Leicester Square
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Cafe Royal Hotel

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Review score: 6.9

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  • Area: Regent Street
  • Near: Piccadilly Circus
  • Station: Leicester Square (0.5km)
  • Style: 5 star city chic deluxe hotel
  • Rooms: 159
  • Guest score: 6.9 / 10
  • Distance away: 0.4km

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Admiral Duncan Pub

If the bright pink exterior of the Admiral Duncan pub doesn't give away the sexual orientation of the clientele who frequent the establishment, the rainbow flag hanging over the doorway will definitely clue you in. Yes the Admiral Duncan is one of the most well known gay pubs in London's Soho district, the best London destination for anyone who favours the company of men, or women who favour the company of women, however you're inclined. 

 

The Admiral Duncan has been around since 1839 and to all accounts has always been a rather raucous establishment, with reports of patrons being thrown in jail for debauchery and drunkenness. Since becoming an official gay pub, lewdness has been more encouraged, welcomed even and this is one of the friendliest pubs in the area. On a weekend you will find it packed to the rafters with revellers engaging in karaoke, auctions for LGBT causes or even just putting some coins in the jukebox and dancing the night away to hits from the 70s, 80s and 90s.

 

Although it is now a bastion of drunken hijinx, the pub has unfortunately become famous for some more sobering activities. In 1999 the pub was the target of a right-wing terrorist group called the White Wolves, who set off a nail bomb in the bar. The attack was one of several in London, during which ethnic and gay communities were victimised and two people died in the Admiral Duncan blast. The pub has since been restored and attracted punters back to the fold, but there is a plaque installed in the bar now to commemorate those who died. Later, David Morley, a barman who was injured in the attack was murdered during a homophobia-provoked attack and both of these incidents have brought the issue of gay rights to the forefront. 

 

The pub was also criticised for flying the rainbow coloured 'gay pride' flag over its door, with government officials stating that this was free advertising. The pub was requested to remove the flag and could only re-instate it with an official license, but after public outcry and negative press, citing homophobic reasons for disallowing the flag to be used, this was revoked and the Admiral Duncan and many other pubs in Soho fly the flag in a prominent position.

 

The pub may have suffered through some terrible times, but any of the frequenters out on a Friday night won't let this spoil their enjoyment of the pub and its ongoing popularity is a testament to increased acceptance of the gay community in London. So, if you want to go somewhere with a friendly vibe, a great selection of shots and beers and a fantastic sound system, pop in, raise a glass to fallen comrades and make some new friends.

 

The nearest tube station to the pub is Leicester Square, which is close to many tourist attractions. There are also hundreds of other lively pubs in the area, so you can easily turn a pub visit into a pub-crawl and see where the night takes you.

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