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Argyll Arms dates back to the Victorian period and has retained much of its original styling. The venue features a unique split bar and an open air seating area.

Ranked #1285 of 2091 pubs & bars in London
Part of the Nicholsons Pubs group

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By Ray S.

Gay Bar ? Ive been in there with a women or two over the years and never had a problem. :) Well the last revue was a while ago. This is a tourist treat but dont mind that as i love the ale, the decor which is damn old, and it still has the snugs. Like the history and story behind the pub. Probably one of the first trendy pubs down to the Victorians.Cross section of local workers meeting friends, tourists, drop ins ect. Lots of ales but expect to pay a premium and i sometimes think the the bar staff should smile a bit more but they are helpful enough with my ale choice. I cant resist popping in but dont expect to sit and rest your legs after shopping as seating is at a minimum. There is an upstairs i think but never been up there apart from the toilets. Summer its great to stand outside and see the mix of people going about there business with the occasional street performer nearby. Cant help going in for a beer if im that way. If your a tourist and probably will be in the West End its worth a visit and take your camera.

By R.

The Argyll Arms is an unusual gay bar as it has a straight feel to it. It's open late - till 3am and is around £3 to get in depending on the time, but you get a raffle ticket which is worth £2 at the bar!

The Argyll Arms attracts a very cruisy gay crowd - mostly men. All different types of guys go in here. Girls tend to get stared at even if accompanied by a man.

However, it's a friendly place and people tend to talk to each other! Lots of guys hanging around in the loos so be careful of unwanted attention.

By J.

We popped into the Argyll Arms for a pint after a busy day on Oxford Street. The food and drink were good but not exceptional but after a hard day's shopping, who's complaining? The Argyll Arms' customers seemed to be a mix of both tourists and locals as would be expected from a bar located just off Oxford Street. Not superb but not terrible.


The Argyll Arms is the holder of the faith of classic London behind a simple wooden facade.

The Venue
The Argyll Arms is located on the busy pedestrianised walkway that bends off from Oxford Circus, and the setting that it finds itself in couldn’t be any different from what’s going on inside.

The Grade II listed building blends in amongst the mass shop fronts of consumerism with a simple wooden facade giving little away; outside, the tables and chairs are the only noteworthy features. The venue will cause a stir within as soon as you step over the threshold to bear witness to the Victorian-restored 18th Century public house. The first thing that hits you are the glass compartments that separate small private areas along the bar, only big enough for the smallest of groups. These booths inspire romance.

The interior is largely in its original Victorian state and the red ceiling covered with intricately carved wood is an awesome feature. There is table service in the restaurant bar upstairs where the decor reflects all that is below.

The Atmosphere
The location of the Argyll Arms makes the pub a sure thing with tourists and lunchtime and after-work regulars alike. The decor within spreads the appeal to history hunters and pub fanatics looking for originality. The restaurant is standard to the extreme and fills up quickly during the day with a mature crowd after simple food. The bar below is far livelier and it’s a good thing that table service is kept out of the way above. The staff are friendly and serve efficiently and there’s a total lack of judgement within the building that has seen all types over the years.

The Food
The menu follows the simple pub formula of solid, filling dishes that appeal to the hungry. British classics like sausage and mash, gammon and eggs and steak and ale pies are at the heart of it but there are also lighter bites like a brie and cranberry sandwich.

The Drink
History calls for tradition and in keeping with this there is a plentiful array of cask ales served. London Pride and Timothy Taylor Landlord are constantly on offer while there are a range of guest ales available including the titilatingly titled Best of Old Legover of Heaven Sweetlips. The beers on tap are Stella, Fosters, Amstel, Erdinger, Staropramen and Peroni. There is also a fair selection of wine.

The Last Word
The Argyll Arms is an attractive option that combines history, architecture, classic pub grub and good stores of lager and ale - all within a stone’s throw of your favourite shops.

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