Lyceum Tavern - Temple
354 Strand, London WC2R 0HS
Lovely little Sam Smiths pub in the middle of theatre-land. Mamma-mia! He's finished on the bull! Located in the middle of the Strand, the Lyceum Tavern isn't the sort of place you expect to find a darts pub, but Sam Smiths comes up with the goods once again. Though the place is filled with tourists, there's still room for a dartboard just behind the bar. Not much room, mind. The board is squeezed into a little nook, and it's placement next to the bar makes it tricky to get a game in if drinkers are taking up space on the stools. The end of the oche is reasonably close to the back entrance as well, so games can be interrupted by tourists off to the Lion King. The board is in good condition though, and with the low prices offered by Sam Smiths, it's great entertainment at fantastic value. Five stars!
Easy to get on the board?
Yes, we walked straight onto the board on both our visits. The crowd was mostly tourists and theatre-goers, and for better or for worse you can't take a set of darts into a show. If the board's busy then there are a couple alternative pubs for darts nearby in the Chandos and Nook bar http://www.dartslondon.co.uk/pubs/the-nook-bar-covent-garden http://www.dartslondon.co.uk/pubs/the-chandos
Rest of pub
The Theatre theme is played up throughout the bar with stage decorations scattered around. No televisions on the walls as is the norm in Sam Smiths pubs, so head elsewhere if you want to watch the football. There's a restaurant located upstairs with decent home-made grub at low prices.
It's Sam Smiths.
How to get there
2 minutes walk from Temple underground station, or 10 minutes from Covent Garden, Leicester Square, Charing Cross or Embankment. You can even get back from Charing Cross mainline station if need be