Norman's Coach & Horses, London
Tube: Leicester Square
Tel: 44 207 437 5920
Concierge.com's insider take:
The Coach & Horses won notoriety as the haunt of professional boozer and Spectator columnist Jeffrey Bernard, and was rebuilt as the backdrop for the biographical play Jeffrey Bernard is Unwell, by Keith Waterhouse. The last owner, Norman Balon, was the self-proclaimed rudest landlord in London, and prone to grumpy outbursts. Now that he's gone, it's safe to go in—unless you like your bars slick and sophisticated. Face it: It's a dump. But if you're looking to drink and smoke heartily like a legendary local in a legendary local, this place has plenty of character—and plenty of characters.