This sturdy and substantial pub stands on the corner of Wardour and D'Arblay Street. At ground floor level it has a polished granite fašade with heavy wooden framed windows, with etched and cut glass panels, a classic example of late Victorian pub building. The upper floors a splendid mix of red brick and white stone layers, finished off with a carved portrait of George, the Fourth? No confusion about the date though.
The George advertises itself as a 'traditional Victorian' pub and to a large extent it still is. So many pubs in Soho have been turned into continental style bars, the George has to be congratulated for not following suit. The single one room bar is smallish, with a stripped oak floor and panelled walls.
The chunky curved bar counter looks original, as do the brass ceiling lights. Three huge mirrors decorate the walls, one advertising Meux & Co. ales, has painted decorations applied on the mirrored side, the silver being added afterwards, a technique developed at the end of the 19th century. The others, advertising mineral water and whisky, are good examples too.
The limited choice of ales are well kept and there's a reasonable selection of wines on offer. The only gripe, the loud music.
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