Comptons of Soho
|This article relies on references to primary sources. (June 2010)|
Comptons of Soho is a gay pub in London. Situated at 51-53 Old Compton Street in the heart of Soho's 'Gay village', Comptons has been an integral part of London's gay scene since June 1986. Current landlord is an Ian Andrew Compton.
The building was designed by architects W. A. Williams and Hopton and was built as The Swiss Hotel in 1890. Williams and Hopton exhibited their design for the Swiss Hotel in 1890 at the Royal Academy. An illustration of the original building was published in "The Builder" of 25 October 1890 
By the 1950s the Swiss Hotel had been renamed to "The Swiss Tavern" and was known as "not entirely straight". By 1986 the Swiss Tavern had been renovated and renamed to "Comptons Of Soho" as a gay bar. In November 2006 it celebrated its twentieth anniversary, at which time, QX Magazine referred to it as "The Grand Dame of Queer Street".
Comptons is a large, Victorian styled pub with two bars. The ground floor bar is a horse-shoe bar and it attracts a varied gay male crowd, including many tourists. At the first floor, there is a beautiful lounge where, customers can sit and enjoy a drink, while having chat with a friend, reading the news paper, or Sundays, having a meal from a selected choice of gourmet food.
- The Builder, 22 February 1890, p. 145; Royal Academy Catalogue, 1890, no. 1891.