Glasshouse Stores - Piccadilly Circus - Soho
55 Brewer St, Soho, London W1F 9UJ
3 Sam Smiths pubs in a row in the heart of Soho and Glasshouse Stores delivers the treble 20. Walk down Brewer Street and before you come to Glasshouse stores you'll come across 2 other Sam Smith's pubs. Knowing that Sam Smiths usually delivers the darts goods, we fancied our chances of getting a game, but the White Horse and Duke of Argyll let us down. Luckily the manager of Glasshouse Stores understands that successful London bars require arrows, and walking to the back of the groundfloor bar presents the dartboard. The board is in a little nook surrounded by tables, so be prepared to act as the entertainment for groups of Japanese tourists, perhaps wondering why the red-faced man keeps nodding and pronouncing "good D, good D". A few distractions from drinkers heading downstairs aside, this is the perfect sort of darts pub for Soho, now Sam Smiths just needs to see sense further up the road.
Easy to get on the board?
Generally the pub seems to be split into tourists upstairs and office workers downstairs, so the board is usually free. If someone else is already playing darts then nearby alternatives include The Comedy Pub (http://www.dartslondon.co.uk/pubs/the-comedy-pub-leicester-square) and the Blue Posts (http://www.dartslondon.co.uk/pubs/the-blue-posts-oxford-circus)
Rest of pub
Head downstairs to find a second Horshoe-shaped bar, which, if a little dark and dingy, does provide a buzzier atmosphere. Board games are also on offer, if that's your bag, and there's even an old-fashioned bar billiards table.
Sam Smiths usual selection of cheap beers and ales.
How to get there
Two minutes walk from Piccadilly Circus, or five minutes from Oxford Circus and Leicester Square. Within walking distance of Charing Cross, Covent Garden and Tottenham Court Road.