Trendy, cool, hip and Central.
Don't let this put you off as it's also:
Friendly, fun, cheap and atmospheric.
I've only been here twice and always mean to return but haven't seemed to! Both times it's been a great night, there's always a great crowd in here and has a although it feels like an old man's pub, so you feel comfortable, it's very cool and vibey.
The drink, crisps and service also make it a winner for me. Oh yeah and the wonderful Soho location.
Hmmm, this should really be entitled 'The day I ate 3 breakfasts' but I'm afraid that my mom and my Yelp friend MiYun C would tell me off!
MotherClucker have been in residence at The Endurance in Soho throughout April, serving up their American style buttermilk fried chicken. They've done an admirable job getting a chicken theme into this pub, which does actually feature a lot of animal decor with mounted heads of various animals around the place. There are chicken feet marks on the floor, staff with themed T shirts and a rude sign on the men's toilet door (use your imagination but if you really want to know, send me a note!)
The Endurance is an old style boozer to go with the old style fruit and veg market stalls of Berwick Market outside. The tables are all worn down but that fits in with the ambiance
Our gang had already had 2 rounds of breakfast at the Unconventional Breakfast UYE at Naamyaa Cafe that morning but on learning that they weren't serving the fried chicken for dinner, we altered our plans from eating here for dinner to coming straight over from the UYE to eat what was technically breakfast number 3!
You have 2 choices with the chicken - a basket of wings or a combo bowl, which gets you one piece of fried chicken, a box of nuggets and some chips. As we were already stuffed, we ordered 2 combos and 2 bowls of wings to share between the 7 of us
The chicken was moist with a nice crunchy coated skin but the coating lacked punch. It could have done with some bold flavouring. The fries were a bit soggy and the American biscuit too heavy. If they pepped up the mix of spices though, they would have a winner on their hands with the chicken
We staggered home with full stomachs and food comas!
A fairly spacious pub on Berwick St, the Endurance is an excellent place to pop in for a pint and take a break from the markets. The bar acts as a centrepiece with a pretty big number of tables all around. Take a closer look at the walls and you'll notice a host of stuffed animals lounging, almost as if they've come in for a pint too. My favourite is the jungle cat near the back which prompted a 5 minute discussion of the difference between leopards and cheetahs or the roaring bear in the corner.
The usual suspects are on draft although limited to 4-5 options. They did have Red Stripe when I visited but sadly no bottles of Crabbies in the fridge. More places should stock that lovely ginger beer as an alternative to overly sweet cider!
As an added bonus, Mother Clucker is still running their residency which has two major benefits. One, you get some pretty decent fried chicken to nibble on and, two, the lovely Clucker girls will take your order at your table for both food and drink meaning no need to wait at the bar! That's pretty much a win in my book and worth a punt. Afterwards, you can venture out again into the markets for more food or perhaps a dessert or even just a post meal coffee at Flat White across the road. What's not to like?
Touting as having the "best jukebox in town"- a boast that I personally have not yet experienced, The Endurance is our meeting place of choice in the center of town. The drinks are decently cheap, the crisps are reassuringly posh and expensive; and there is that massive bear in the corner to admire.
There is something reassuringly homey about this place; it is never *too full* and reassuringly different from the rammed horrid media filled (no offense! I used to work in meja!) pubs down the road.
It is perfectly located for a Chinese afterwards- if you are flushed Yauatcha is right next door; if you are looking to be conned, Cha Cha Moon is 2 minutes away and if you have legs, the delights of China town is a mere 10 minutes stagger away.
Four stars perhaps doesn't do justice to the sentiment and high regard in which I hold this pub.
It used to be a Friday night staple for me. I'd meet my meeeja friends in Soho after work and we'd often spend many hours in here, if not the whole evening.
It doesn't take itself seriously, there's a fantastic duke box and a huge, stuffed bear. What's not to like? It's a decked out like an old man's pub, only this old man is hipper than his grandkids.
Grab a table and settle up for the evening.
This used to be one of my favourite pubs in London. It had a great atmosphere, good drinks and a brilliant jukebox but I went there last week to find it had closed down! I'm gutted!!
Lately, 'The Endurance' has become my favourite central pub. I love its location, its vibe, the jukebox, and its decoration. Located in the centre of Soho,very close to Oxford Circus, it has become my usual hangout for meeting friends after work. For £1 you can chose 5 of your favourite tracks in the jukebox - think the Buzzcocks, Blondie, The Cure, Joy Division, etc. When it is warm and busy you can take your pint outside. The inside is decorated with a trendy wallpaper and a line of taxidermied animals, including a whole bear in one of the corners.
I guess what I like most about this pub is that it is a bit poncey but without the poncey clientele. The crowd is a mixture of work people, couples, old rockers, and the usual checked-shirt youth. There is a bit for everyone.
This Pub has the weirdest vibe, it feels trendy because it has the fancy wallpaper and the dead animals, taxidermy seems to be so in demand by design loving people, but there is something sketchy about this pub.
I've been there a couple of times, and noticed that when it gets packed, which it does, specially Thursday's and Friday's, its an absolute nightmare; especially if you are with a large group of friends.
Then again, I did go when it was quieter and it was a different experience altogether, the bartenders where really cool, and I could actually enjoy the jukebox, which, by the way, I want to have in my living room. I guess the location lends the palace for the oddity. Not my favorite Pub, I would much rather walk a little and go to John Snow, maybe it's not do high decor, but it feels more authentic.
This pub is hilarious, there's always some girl screaming "No I cant hear you? What? What?!" on her shiny mirror phone with lip gloss attached, desperately trying to give directions to her other mate who's on the wrong street. The problem is no one can hear anything because everyone in the whole pub is doing this. Or talking figures, or doing naughty things in the toilets.
I like it though, it's very atmospheric and exactly what I thought London would be like when I first moved here: rowdy, crowded and with that general feeling of excitement like something's about to happen. Nothing particularly exciting has ever happened to me at The Endurance itself but it's the kind of place I always go for a 'quiet drink' and end up bumping into a friend or getting invited to a party or at least an awful exhibition with free drinks.
It looks like The Rovers Return, the pub in that most boring of all soaps, Coronation Street, with the the addition of a few bits of taxidermy here and there. There is an outside area for all important smoking and change of scenery and the music is usually listenable if a bit cheesy at times.
The Endurance is the nicest pub in Soho. Paisley on the walls juxtaposed with rich, warm colours and wood paneling. The toilets are in pristine condition. Rarely do you find a place just above the seedy section of Soho marked by such elegant presentation. This was an amazing find.
One double vodka and cranberry and one single vodka and cranberry cost a total of £10. Cheap and believe me the drinks were strong. The staff doesn't mess around though, they run a tight ship. A group of seven stag party members wearing Santa outfits were being loud and obnoxious right by where I was sitting. They were doing back flips and were belting out silly jingles. The people behind the bar weren't having it and asked the stag crew to fix up several times. So, even though this is a nice, comfortable place and you can do what you want, be on your best behaviour.
Oh my, I never knew it even had a pub garden! I've been here for lunch a few times and the food is always of a high standard.
It's gastro-pub style, but they do some of the best french fries in town (order these instead of the normal chips that come with some meals!).
It gets pretty busy in here, so either get there early or book in advance. It's not a huge place.
The staff are always very friendly. Quite a media crowd, but not too posey!
Strange going ons at the endurance, the rear beer garden has gone and stewards keenly move patrons around outside. There's the smell of local politics here and a debate for city hall, not here. Besides, there's probably a pile of facebook groups dedicated to it. Ultimately it's not much fun drinking outside this boozer, but I never saw the attraction of sharing my pint with crack addicts and whores anyway.
Inside the Endurance is a good looking pub, with a load of crazy heads and stuffed beasts on the wall, mad. I don't quite know the reason for this. There has been some refurbishment recently, you may not notice it, it's just the wallpaper as far as I can tell. There is a traditional British housing estate pub vibe in here and it's good for it. The jukebox is one of London's better efforts and although the seating plan could use some work (I really don't like those enormous chairs and tables) you can usually get a seat barring it's not friday. Like all Soho pubs the Endurance is packed to the ruddy rafters on a friday, but it does still have a friendly air about it.
The bar staff are all pretty friendly and useful at their work, there's IPA and Pride as the real ale but the lager choice could be better. Some of the clientele can be idiots, pork pie hats (sooo 2006), scarfs on, you know the drill. The Endurance is one of Soho's better pubs and although I'd avoid it like the plague on a friday, I'll be in here a few more times before the end.
The Endurance is a real gem in that it is one of the rare few pubs in Soho that has a decent sized beer garden. Albeit mostly concrete, this place in the summer is fantastic for enjoying a beverage after work or after some hard work shopping in Oxford Street. The Endurance is full of trendy types, including the barstaff, which just adds to the coolness of the place. Let's not forget this is on the street where Oasis took the photograph for the cover of the legendary What's The Story (Morning Glory). Yep, very cool. On another note about music, this pub has one of the best jukeboxes ever!! The one negative thing I would say is the lack of ladies loos is ridiculous- only 2 toilets and a lot of punters!
The Endurance is a place one can relax, eat,( alway good anglo/english pub grub) meet interesting people. it has an edge that comes from the royal chartered Market in Berwick street. Its in the middle of Soho's creative district so one will see lots of colour. Thursday and Friday nights are always rammed and full of beautiful people.
Ok so first things first. The Endurance is not a quaint little English pub nor is it a very trendy pub with minimal decor and cool lighting. The Endurance is an indie/media pub with one of the best jukeboxes in town. It's old, it's a little dirty and getting served on a Friday night can be a bit of a chore. However, it is one of the best pubs in W1. It doesn't really attract tourists (bonus) and the prices are pretty good for a west end pub (another bonus). During the summer, the Beer Garden (ok its just astro turf) fills up within minutes of the nearby media houses closing but still, it is one of the only pubs in the West End with outdoor space. The Endurance is one of the best pubs in the area. Everyone seems to know everyone which makes it a very friendly place to be. Great pub!
my fav pub in soho.. good music and nice stuffed animals. Always seems to be a good atomspere.
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