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Pillars of Hercules

(also known as Hercules, formerly Hercules Pillars)

7 Greek Street
Soho
London
W1D 4DF

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Premises Description

Positioned as a cocktail bar.

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Opening Times

MondayMidday - 11.30 pm
TuesdayMidday - 11.30 pm
WednesdayMidday - 11.30 pm
ThursdayMidday - 11.30 pm
FridayMidday - Midnight
SaturdayMidday - Midnight
SundayMidday - 10.30 pm

Owner

Stonegate

About the Pub

After a period of closure in early 2018, this pub reopened towards the end of May with a change of emphasis. The main fascia remains Pillars of Hercules but the bar area is now branded Hercules and is under Be at One management and positioned as a cocktail bar with an extensive menu of mixed drinks. Guinness, Guinness Citra IPA and Asahi beers are on keg but there is no longer any real ale. Rather loud music inside has been reported.

Historic Interest

The current building is modern, with a mock-Tudor frontage; a re-building of 1935 for Edinburgh brewers William Younger. There's been a tavern at No. 7 Greek Street since at least 1733 - either in the same name or as the Hercules Pillars. According to the Survey of London it dates even earlier, 'as the 'Hercules Pillars' which was on or near this site in 1714 was presumably a tavern, and the ratepayer at that time had been in occupation of the site since 1709.' Other connections of a literary bent include Charles Dickens, who mentioned the pub in his 1859 novel 'A Tale of Two Cities'. In its apparent 1990s heyday, the Pillars was one of the favoured traditional Soho pubs. Martin Amis, Julian Barnes and Ian McEwan were all said to be regulars and Clive James also gives it a mention.

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Pillars of Hercules

7 Greek Street
Soho
London
W1D 4DF

Sat Nav Reference

51.514568, -0.131183

Transport

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Nearby Bus Routes (< ½ mile)

TfL: 14, 19, 24, 29, 38, 176

Nearby Station (850m)

London Charing Cross

Nearby London Underground/Overground/DLR (200m)

Tottenham Court Road

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