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Greek Street Guide

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by Mike Whyte (subscribe)
Published April 10th 2011

If it's your first time in London, or even if you've been in London a while - there's nothing that makes you feel you're actually in the city than a stroll through Greek Street. It doesn't just have a park at one end, it has the World-famous Soho Square; it isn't any old street that intersects it either, but Old Compton Street, possibly the heart of get the idea that this place is a bit special.

Greek Street is both everything you could want from modern day London - there are bars, restaurants galore, a theatre nearby, copious amounts of pubs (naturally!)...yet there is also a staggering amount of history hidden behind the walls and in the nooks and crannies of the street itself.

No.1 Greek Street, for example, was the alleged inspiration for one of the locations in Charles Dickens 'A Tale Of Two Cities', further along you have the Coach and Horses (No.29), dubbed 'The West End's Best Known Pub'. There has been a pub on the site since the 1720's, and was once known for having London's rudest Landlord (don't worry, not anymore). Also, originally at no.49, but sadly no longer, used to be the famous folk venue 'Les Cousins'.

Another pub of note is The Pillars Of Hercules, which has also been around since the 1700's, and also houses a little secret passageway, past Foyles bookshop, to Charing Cross Road.

Food lovers are spoilt for choice, with the Gay Hussar, a renowned Hungarian restaurant within spitting distance of Soho Square, Maison Berteaux (pictured) for fine French confections (and bizarrely a Theatre Club, who perform within the establishment), and Marco Pierre White's L'Escargot sitting pretty at No.48.

Throw in a smattering of private members clubs, jazz bars and art galleries (oh and the odd office building to keep things real), Greek Street is not just worth a look - it demands your attention!
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Why? Because it's a must for food lovers; history lovers too!
When: Anytime
Where: Greek Street, East Soho
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