Soho Pubs & Bars
In 2011, the Candy Bar was sold by Lucas to Gary Henshaw, owner of the Ku chain of London gay bars. New management brought in by Henshaw toned down the bright pink decoration. The bar was featured in a Channel 5 six-part fly-on-the-wall documentary series named Candy Bar Girls. The bar closed in January 2014 following an increase in rents.
The Dog and Duck on Bateman Street is a pub for the literary fans, as it was the favorite watering hole of George Orwell. On top of Orwell, it’s said that John Constable, possibly the most famous British artist of all time, was a regular, as was Dante Gabriel Rossetti. More recently, Madonna has frequented the pub.
Interior of The Three Greyhounds on the corner of Old Compton Street and Greek Street. The pub is so named from the dogs once used to hunt hares when Soho was open ground. Greek Street, on which it sits, dates to the 1670s and is named after the Greek Church that stood in Hog Lane. It is recorded that Casanova stayed in this street in 1764 and other records show the pub at this site in 1927, although licensed premises have existed here since at least 1847.