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The Royal George is a friendly and relaxed pub with Friday night DJ's, great food and beers from around the world

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Opening Hours
Opening Hours
Mon-Wed 12.00-23.00
Thu-Sat 12:00-01:00
Sun 12:00-22:30

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By Andrew M.

Accidentally stumbled into the The Royal George during yet another drunken haze. Soon sobered up though. This place just seemed very odd - just had one drink and left very quickly. Bar staff were not particularly polite and I did not speak to anyone other than the mate I was with. Possibly just caught The Royal George on a bad night?

By Andrew M.

Check out the Blues jam nights on a Thursday at The Royal George, it's always a good night out and everyone in the crowd loves it. Apart from this The Royal George is a good place to hang out with your friends, the staff are usually friendly and there's a good mix of people.

By J.

The Royal George is a little grubby round the edges but then so is my Granny and I still love her. I like to think of the Royal George as shabby chic, smells of piss but less than my gran too which is always a bonus!

By James C.

The most pretentious bar staff in London? You'll find them here. What's worse is you'll also find food that will leave you sick as a dog - ate here with my girlfriend and she was ill for about a week. Never, ever, again.

By Amy M.

It seems so odd everyone is saying the staff are rude. I've been going there for years and they've always been prompt and friendly. Maybe i just go on the best days. Oh and they are just doing up the downstairs into a live music venue so its not grubby any more! We stumbled across ukulele Wednesday this week and the atmosphere was brilliant.

By Matt F.

The Royal George is an unsuspecting venue which, from the outside, looks fairly standard. On the inside, however, it's a bustle of hot girls and funky music. The service is very slow and you won't find a seat at peak times, but if you want to pop in for a quick one on the way somewhere else then it's definitely worth it.

By W.

Lively crowd, but incredibly slow service and the music was too loud.

By J.

I went to check out the music on offerat The Royak George - what a treat! Reggae/rap, then electronic and lastly Miss Davina Lee. Congratulations on a great lineup and to your super staff. I will return to The Royal George!

By Freddy P.

Hidden out of the way yet still very much an ongoing force in the Soho area, the Royal George offers entertainment (and alcohol) galore.

The Venue
Although currently crowded out by the sprawling Crossrail building work at the top of Charing Cross Road, the Royal George remains open for business, if slightly off the beaten track for the time being. A daunting black exterior, complete with rather optimistic outside seating area among the scaffolding, gives way to a low-ceilinged, cosily-lit main room. Various booths, sofas, sturdy wooden tables and inviting stools are laid out with care around the compact, latticed central bar, which also includes the open-front entrance to the kitchen – meanwhile, individual high-backed chairs look out of the imposing front windows, towards nothing in particular.

The room, as well as the considerably-sized basement which offers extra seating and plays host to a great number of concerts, DJ sets and recitals, is lovingly decorated with pot plants, murals, fairy lights, TVs for major sporting events and various blackboards and neon signs announcing the day's specials, among other things. The overall effect is conducive to relaxing and stress-free chatter, in stark contrast to the industrial mayhem just outside.

The Atmosphere
The customers at the Royal George tend to be effortlessly trendy and in-the-know (the bars location doesn't exactly encourage fairweather patrons simply stumbling upon its whereabouts), without the insufferably smug atmosphere that this can often entail. Staff and clientèle alike are polite and amiable, and service is invariably excellent, even during the inevitable post-work crush. The basement hosts well-attended events almost every night of the week, with highlights including ukelele-themed jams and karaoke on Wednesdays and Thursdays respectively, and rock and blues open mics at weekends – there is also televised sport a-plenty on the big screens, as well as board games for lazy Sunday afternoons, should the need arise.

The Food
The menu changes daily at the Royal George, but the over-arching theme is one of simple UK cuisine done well, with fish and chips, sausage and mash and mouth-watering pies making regular appearances on the pub blackboards for around £8-£9. Sharing platters (£13-£14) and well-filled sandwiches (£5-£8) are also go-to specialities, and the pubs own “Boutique Burgers” (£7.50-£9) prove to be a daunting yet rewarding choice as well.

The Drink
Out-of-the-ordinary beers include bottled Brooklyn Lager and Belgian favourites such as Vedett and Liefmans, all available for moderate prices (£3.50-£4) and a great companion to food or simple conversation. British real ales also get space at the bar, with Wandle and Doom Bar making an appearance, and the wine and cocktail list leaves nothing to be desired – a Royal George Bloody Mary on a board-game-fuelled Sunday is just the ticket for those nursing a hangover from the night before.

The Last Word
Hospitable, vibrant and surprisingly easy on the wallet, the Royal George remains an excellent mainstay in the Soho canon, despite outside interference from that pesky Crossrail...

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