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The Angel – Sam Smiths Quest Round 22

The Angel – Sam Smiths Quest Round 22

The Angel pub located at 61 St Giles High Street – a stones throw from Centre Point and the Shaftesbury Theatre – is the 22nd Sam Smiths London pub that I have now visited as part of my Quest.

It was Wednesday afternoon at around 3pm when I popped in for a couple of pints of Old Brewery Bitter – it was pleasantly quiet… in fact I had the whole of the front bar to myself! This wasn’t my first visit… a couple of weeks ago I popped for a drink and the place was packed full of the after work crowd, which isn’t really my thing so I left without having a brew.

From the outside the Angel has the look of your quintessential traditional boozer. So many doors to chose from for getting inside this pub… 3 on the High Street, 2 of which were firmly closed and 2 down the lane. The first thing that struck me when I walked in was how fresh and clean the bar was and the slightly ornate roof.

The interior of the bar is typical old school – it looks like it has undergone some refurbishment in the past year or so, the carpet and wall paper were in really good condition, as was the paint job on the ceiling. This Sam Smiths London pub is a real warren, there are three different and completely separate bar areas downstairs and couple of rooms upstairs which remind me on my grannies living room and I liked my grannies living room! They also have beer garden.

What can I say… The Angel is a pretty decent Victorian style pub that has a bit of character to it and even though Sam Smiths aint as cheap as they once were, £2.90 for a pint of OBB is pretty good value for money. A good place for a quiet afternoon beer or two – I must say that it totally changes to being a cramped place when it’s busy!

For more on my Quest to drink in every Sam Smiths pub in London

The Angel
61 St Giles
High Street


  1. I’ll have a glass of champagne please.

    Have a terrific day. 🙂

  2. Comedy Plus, that they do not sell… they have a nice pint of bitter or stout though…

  3. Used to be my local. Hilariously has for a long time had the dourest barman in London (which is some feat). Historically known as the ‘last drink’ before being hanged at Tyburn and previous to that as the pub next door to the gallows of St Giles and so also a ‘last drink’ tradition at the time. More recently was one of the main pubs frequented by music journalists (almost all music press offices in the vicinity for a period). The Oporto, now Rudy’s Revenge was another.

  4. Richard, I hope those getting hung got to enjoy a good pint of ale before they faced the hang mans noose!