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The Lyric, Soho, London

Posted on 22. May, 2013 by in Pubs

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The Lyric, Soho, London

London is a well known haven for beer lovers with new pubs popping up across town on an almost monthly basis. These tend to be located away from the main tourist hotspots and despite Soho having no shortage of drinking spots, if you head closer to Piccadilly Circus, you’ll struggle to find beers from the most talked about microbreweries.

Brief History

The Lyric is located on Great Windmill Street only a short distance from Shaftesbury Avenue and the throngs of tourists at Piccadilly Circus. Occupying a corner spot in the shadow of the Windmill strip club (once the Windmill Theatre) the pub dates back to the 19th century when two pubs in the area – The Ham and The Windmill – merged. In 1890 the pub changed to The Lyric Tavern and was rebuilt in its current form in 1906.

The Interior

Now owned by the same team that own the North Pole pub in Islington, the Lyric is now a genuine free house and you won’t find a single mainstream lager, beer or stout. The very traditional interior is similar to many central London pubs with a small bar on the ground floor and a dining room on the first floor. The bar area offers some comfortable seating and a big screen TV but its diminutive size does mean that it can easily fill up.

The Beer

An excellent selection of beer is on offer with half a dozen or cask ales, 10 keg plus bottles from a wide range of breweries such as Harbour, Dark Star, Tiny Rebel, Magic Rock, Buxton and Camden. With beers rotating regularly, the Lyric is well worth a detour to the madness of Piccadilly Circus.

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Venue Location

The Lyric

37 Great Windmill Street



Tel: 020 7434 0604

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Beer Taster, Pub Attendee, Photo Taker

Robert Gale likes beer, pubs and beer festivals. He also likes to take photos of beer, pubs and beer festivals. Most weekends of the year you can find him travelling around the UK (and sometimes beyond) photographing and reviewing good quality pubs and beer festivals. He also has a day job in the form of a web developer for Ozum.

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