Heritage listing for the Coach and Horses
07 February, 2020 — By Tom Foot
THE Coach and Horses pub has had its heritage listing upgraded to include information about its ties to “old Soho”.
The pub in Greek Street has been reinspected by Historic England.
It is now officially recognised for being a former haunt of artists Francis Bacon and Lucian Freud, actors Peter O’Toole and John Hurt, and a meeting place for staff at The Spectator and Private Eye.
It was the setting of Keith Waterhouse’s 1989 play Jeffrey Bernard is Unwell, when the interior was recreated on the Apollo Theatre stage.
The present building dates from the 1840s but had its unusual cast-iron columns added in 1889 that was remodelled in the 1930s by Taylor, Walker & Co.
It is one of 11 pubs across the country to have listings changed in this way.
Legendary landlord Norman Balon ran the pub for 60 years before selling in 2006.