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Chandos is split across multiple floors with comfortable seating areas and a main bar space. They serve bar food daily upstairs and a variety of drinks.

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Opening Hours
Opening Hours
MON

11:00 - 23:00

TUE

11:00 - 23:00

WED

11:00 - 23:00

THU

11:00 - 23:00

FRI

11:00 - 23:00

SAT

11:00 - 23:00

SUN

12:00 - 22:30

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Chandos reviews



By Kevin J.

I keep on coming back, there’s something about the place. Good portions of good food, well served in excellent comfortable surroundings by a good team of staff.


By Martin T.

Love this Pub, if you go upstairs it is a traditional proper old pub, but with the unique touch of having its own brewery. Sam Smith does its own special drinks and you won't be able to get a pint of Guinness or a Carling, BUT you will be able to get a stout and an Alpline Lager, and believe me they are GOOOD! Well worth popping in and a great meeting place if you want to catch up as no music. Food is very reasonable and oh did I forget to mention it is the cheapest pint in London!


By Evelyn W.

Had a lovely relaxing meal in the Chandos, as previous visitors have stated, Staff very welcoming, food very reasonably priced. Will be going back when next in London. Have recommended it to our friends who will be down for the Royal Wedding. Peter and Lynn


By Jo M.

This is such a great pub! Lovely atmosphere and lovely interior. Upstairs has so many comfy sofas to choice from! It's also very reasonably priced for London prices. Staff are always pleasant. Defo give it a try.


By Edward S.

A hell of a pub, great location. Prompt and friendly service even in the busies of times.

in a city where you would struggle to find a decent bitter of lager under £3.50 in even the most Orwellian suburban hell(Beckenham) the chandos is a beacon of privacy, fine beer and a truly English atmosphere.

Wonderfully furnished having failed to give in to the interior design hate crimes visited on so many pubs recently, the chandos offers both a large bar and comfortable private booths.

The selection of food and drink is admittedly limited but in frequent visits i never saw the need to stray from one or two items.

Nowhere is better situated being placed 2 minutes from the fantastic buildings of St Martins and the national gallery.

If you are looking to get ripped off in some poncy wimbledon gastro pub pumping out awful music the chandos is not for you.

If you'd feel more at home in a comfortable, friendly pub where £10 will last you an evening not an hour then try the chandos.


By Kevin T.

hi there folks, i have always liked this pub very much,as i worked there some years ago now.

it was and still prob is the best pub around.

good location and great food and drink.and the freindly staff that we had in them days wheregood hard working chums.

it was just one big faimly...hope my manager is still there cheers....


By Joanna H.

Haven't been to this pub for 6 years and returned last night. Used to really like it in there but what a dissapointment!! No rose wine and every spirit and wine is produced by just one company. Tried one of the spirits and one of the wines and they tasted awful. Sadly the food wasn't much good either. What's happened? Such a contrast to how it used to be.


By J.

Chandos is cheap and centrally located. It's also large. An average kennel for your average boozehound.


By K.

Chandos is a great pub, amazingly cheap prices for location. Good beer too!

Opera bar upstairs much more comfortable, but can get busy.



By Vivienne E.

Located just a minute’s walk from Trafalgar Square on St Martin’s Lane, Chandos is a popular Sam Smith’s pub that has become the go-to spot for those searching for an affordable drink in central London.

The Venue
Set out on two spacious floors, Chandos is an interesting mix of little alcoves and open spaces designed to house the masses. Along the walls of the ground floor are rows of distinct, separated booths (complete with their own coat pegs!) in which parties of up to six can almost shut themselves off from unwanted attention. A tiny room branching off at the side of the bar houses a darts board.

The upstairs – rather confusingly signposted as The Opera Room – is a more chilled-out affair. It’s brightly lit and cosily carpeted, with a number of generously sized sofas, leather chairs and small, circular tables for the less raucous groups to arrange themselves around.

Make sure to look out for the mechanical statue of a barman opening a barrel that is perched on a tiny balcony at the top of the building.

The Atmosphere
The location of this branch of Sam Smith’s is enough to get it jam-packed during the evenings, receiving a steady influx of tourists, post-work drinks parties, and those who have grown to love it for its offer of cheap food and drink in an extremely central location. Those with a particular aversion to wading their way towards the bar should try the upper floor for a quieter and more relaxed atmosphere, although finding somewhere to sit quickly may still be a struggle.

The Food
Chandos serves the usual Sam Smith’s menu of basic pub grub – albeit it presented in attractive leather-bound books - with most main meals just shy of £6.

The Drink
It’s exclusively Sam Smith’s own when it comes to the drinks list. The cheapest pint – Yorkshire bitter – is available for £2.35, and the most expensive – the Pure Brew lager and the Organic Wheat beer are priced at £3.85.

The Last Word
Chandos is an excellent option for drinking near Trafalgar Square, as it’s by far one of the cheapest venues around. Its quirky layout and cosy upper level make it a worthwhile find regardless, and the place has far more personality than most of the identikit ‘traditional’ pubs in central London.

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