Comptons of Soho

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Comptons Of Soho during London Gay Pride 2010

Comptons of Soho is a gay pub in London. Situated at 51–53 Old Compton Street in the heart of Soho's 'Gay village', Comptons has been an integral part of London's gay scene since June 1986.


The building was designed by architects W. A. Williams and Hopton and was built as The Swiss Hotel in 1890. Williams and Hopton exhibited their design for the Swiss Hotel in 1890 at the Royal Academy. An illustration of the original building was published in "The Builder" of 25 October 1890 [1]

By the 1950s the Swiss Hotel had been renamed to "The Swiss Tavern" and was known as "not entirely straight".[2] By 1986 the Swiss Tavern had been renovated and renamed to "Comptons Of Soho" as a gay bar.[3] In November 2006 it celebrated its twentieth anniversary, at which time, QX Magazine referred to it as "The Grand Dame of Queer Street".[4]

Comptons is a large, Victorian styled pub with two bars. The ground floor bar is a horse-shoe bar and it attracts a varied gay male crowd, including many tourists. Upstairs, there is a lounge area.

As of August 2015, it is operated by the Faucet Inn pub company.[5]


  1. ^ The Builder, 22 February 1890, p. 145; Royal Academy Catalogue, 1890, no. 1891.
  2. ^ (PDF) Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 July 2011. Retrieved 6 July 2010. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 11 September 2012. Retrieved 6 July 2010.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 11 September 2012. Retrieved 6 July 2010.
  5. ^ "Locations". Faucet Inn. Retrieved 14 August 2015.

Coordinates: 51°30′45″N 0°07′57″W / 51.5126°N 0.1326°W / 51.5126; -0.1326

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