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The Chandos

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9 Ratings

Type: Bar, Eatery

29 St. Martins Lane
London, England, WC2N 4ER
United Kingdom

+44 20 7836 1401 | map

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Ratings: 9 |  Reviews: 5
Photo of Georgiabeer
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

A nice stop for a quick pint in the very busy Trafalgar Square area. A retreat from the crowds with well kept casks. Nice.

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Photo of Highbury09
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Photo of RedDieselBrewing
3/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of robotiks
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of GJ40
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.25

One of my go to places in London. I do have to admit I always combine it with lunch. The second floor Opera room is one of the most comfortable and authentic places to enjoy a few pints of Sam Smith's and a great plate of Bangers & Mashed. It's in the heart of the tourist area yet makes me feel miles away. I love this place!

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Photo of withliterature
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

The Chandos is right off of Trafalgar Square. My only real complaint is that the windows here are of textured and stained glass, which makes it impossible to people-watch in a prime people-watching location. There is no outdoor seating, and the busy sidewalk outside doesn't lend itself to standing pub crowds like you'll often see in the UK. The pub is also a bit large to feel very cozy, although I imagine that might change in the evenings when it gets crowded. I was here around 3pm.

This is a Samual Smith's pub. I tried the Extra Stout and the Bitter; both were well-poured out of casks by a friendly, interesting Australian barkeep. I also tried the sausages & mash, which were like most London pub food: decent, but a little pricey for what you get.

When I came here, my dad and I were the only non-Londoners in the place. Despite its location, The Chandos doesn't seem to attract the tourist flocks, which is excellent.

I like this pub, but in this area of London I would recommend The Harp instead.

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Photo of jgasparine
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

The group I was with chose to venture up the stairs to the Opera Room (which I highly recommend if visiting this place). The unique atmosphere was reminiscent of cross between an old world hotel lobby and a living room. Lots of tourists and locals alike.

Quality- Slightly above average quality. Clean and appropriate glassware. The beer, however, was slightly on the cold side (better than the inverse I suppose).

Service- Acceptable and slightly above average for London. The bartendresses were not very chatty, but delivered drinks fast enough given the crowd.

Food- My steak and ale pie was fantastic. My wife's Caesar salad, on the other hand, had hardly any lettuce in it-- seriously-- it looked like a bowl of croutons and Parmesan flakes. Overall, the food was good and we were all satisfied with our meals. I would definitely eat here again.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.59/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 2.5

Typical Sam Smiths pub, but in tourist area London. Old Brewery Bitter the only cask beer (as normal in Sam Smiths), but plenty of keg beers of theirs to try and bottles of course.

I was in there on the Saturday of The Boat Race, so lots of Posh Toffs in the place. That however was countered by a huge number of Grimsby Town football fans who had just had a photo shoot and sing song in Trafalgar Square, a 100 metres down the road. The place was rammed, but the staff managed very well and everyone including the staff, appeared to be enjoying themselves.

Still a very cheap drinking hole, just like all Sam Smiths pubs. I shall use it again when in central London.

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Photo of GreenWBush
4.15/5  rDev +11%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

This pub is just off Trafalgar, and is only a stones' throw away from the National Portrait Gallery. I stumbled upon it on accident, but it quickly became one of my favorite pubs.

If you don't like Samuel Smith's ales, be warned - this pub is owned by SS and serves only their products. The interior is amazingly nice, it has the classic pub color scheme and beautiful stained-glass windows with the Sammy Smith logo. The pub has two floors with bars on each floor, which is handy because you'll have trouble finding a seat from Friday afternoon until Monday.

I found two ales on cask, including their Old Brewery Bitter. You'll also find a SS-made cider as well as their Nitro-tapped Extra Stout, which is absolutely great. It tastes much like their Imperial Stout but more sessionable. You'll find most of the rest of the Samuel Smith line in bottles, including a small beer and if you time it right, a wickedly good barleywine.

The service is also quite good, but at times they have trouble keeping up with the amazing amount of drink-hungry patrons. I never tried any food there, and I believe that they only do food during the afternoon hours.

You'll also be amazed by the cheap prices of the Chandos, especially for a pub in downtown London. The most expensive draught pint was the Extra Stout at £2. If you like Samuel Smith's, this pub is a MUST. The atmosphere, beer, and ambiance are all great, and the location and price is unbeatable.

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The Chandos in London, GB2, United Kingdom
Place rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 9 ratings
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