Coach and Horses, Soho

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The Coach and Horses
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The Coach and Horses (January 2006)
Coach and Horses, Soho is located in Central London
Coach and Horses, Soho
Location within Central London
General information
Address29 Greek Street, London
Coordinates51°30′47.6″N 0°07′48.8″W / 51.513222°N 0.130222°W / 51.513222; -0.130222Coordinates: 51°30′47.6″N 0°07′48.8″W / 51.513222°N 0.130222°W / 51.513222; -0.130222

The Coach and Horses, 29 Greek Street, Soho, London, is a Grade II listed[1] pub, notable for its association with the columnist Jeffrey Bernard, the staff of Private Eye magazine, other journalists and as a haunt for Soho personalities. Through their writings its former landlord, Norman Balon, became known for his self-proclaimed title of "London's rudest landlord".[2]

The interior of the pub was recreated on stage for the biographical play about Bernard's life Jeffrey Bernard Is Unwell. The play was successful and Balon's memoirs followed entitled You're Barred, You Bastards (ISBN 0283997621). There has been a pub on the site since the 18th century. The current building dates from the 1850s.

Norman Balon's last day at the Coach and Horses was on Monday 22 May 2006, when he officially handed over to the new owner Alastair Choat, who continues to foster the pub's unique identity as a gathering place for writers and thinkers by hosting events such as the fortnightly Private Eye lunch and a pub piano sing-along.

Notable patrons[edit]


  1. ^ Historic England. "Coach and Horses public house (1235282)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 3 April 2015.
  2. ^ 'You're Barred, You Bastards!', The Memoirs of a Soho Publican, Norman Balon with Spencer Bright, Sidgwick & Jackson, London 1991
  3. ^ Steve Boggan. "He went his own way to oblivion: Fleetwood Mac's former guitarist is found, a little the worse for wear, in a hostel for London's homeless". The Independent. Retrieved 2017-03-27.

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