Freud 1

198 Shaftesbury Avenue , London, WC2H 8JL

1 reviews

Bars Covent Garden

London Freud 1 CMYK

SquareMeal Review of Freud

Purchased from the shop upstairs, chrome Cinni desk fans (& anything else, so long as it came in matt black) were the epitome of style when Freud first launched. In the mid-80s, securing a decent cocktail in London was difficult; a generation on, you’re spoilt for choice, but this familiar boho bar/café-cum-art gallery remains as popular as ever – particularly for its lethal Long Island iced tea & other comfortably priced classic cocktails. It also touts toasted sarnies, salads & equally affordable, all-day comfort food to enjoy while you catch up with friends you’ve actually met or Tweet those you haven’t. One-time arty/muso habitués such as Swing Out Sister & Curiosity Killed the Cat may be passé these days, & it’s hardly the place for cutting-edge media darlings, but Freud plods on regardless.

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Nearby Tube/Rail Stations

Covent Garden Tube Station 298m

Tottenham Court Road Tube Station 392m


Address: 198 Shaftesbury Avenue , London WC2H 8JL

Area: Covent Garden

Opening times

Mon-Sun 12N-11pm (Thurs-Sat -1am Sun -10.30pm)

Nearby Landmarks

Shaftesbury Theatre 97m

Donmar Warehouse Theatre 151m


Telephone: 020 7240 9933


Cuisine: Bars


Food & Drink: 10.0

Service: 8.0

Atmosphere: 8.0

Value: 9.0

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 4.0

Eleanor S. 17 April 2013

I've been coming to Freud since I was little, so I suppose I'm biased. It's where I go when I'm alone in the West End and I need a pick-me-up; I wander in, grab a paper and order the three cheese salad, which never fails to set me up for the rest of the day. A huge bowl filled with dreamy slabs of goats cheese, brie and gruyere (there are others to choose from, but once you've found a winning formula, why mess about?) accompanied by generous triangles of pitta bread, grapes, raisins, assorted nuts and olive oil sprinkled lettuce leaves. It really is beautiful. My sister always goes for the soup of the day, which is usually a really interesting – and very successful – flavour combination. It comes with chunks of farmhouse bread and butter. Late afternoon is time to roll out the cocktail menu and I think I've probably tried about 60% of them over the years. It is increasingly tricky to find a well-priced alcoholic treat in central London nowadays, which is why I pray every time I'm in there that Freud never packs up shop!