22-24 Seymour Place , London, W1H 7NL

  • Showdown bar at The Lockhart London
  • Showdown bar at The Lockhart London

SquareMeal Review of Showdown

The low-down on Showdown – the rebranded basement bar at this popular American soul-food restaurant – is that the consistently inventive Matt Whiley has created a selection of Dixie-inspired drinks here. Thanks to Whiley, aka The Talented Mr Fox of Bethnal Green’s Peg + Patriot, the list contains bottle-aged Sazerac, Pickleback, and hoochy Ice Tea on tap. Also worth sipping are Campside Colada (Bacardi, barbecued pineapple, toasted coconut and marshmallow soda); and a Finlandia vodka Fancy made with absinthe, Bénédictine and vanilla doughnut from Columbia Road bakers, 1235. Otherwise, this ‘all-American bar’ provides Stateside beers and wines accompanied by the likes of catfish goujons, shrimp and grits, excellent fried chicken, or creole ‘dirty’ rice (with chicken livers, peppers and onions). There’s a Hicksville Mississippi feel to the place, but – apart from curtains here and some Quaker-ish wooden tables there – Showdown’s Depression-era interior looks mighty similar to The Lockhart’s homespun bar of yore.

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Nearby Tube/Rail Stations

Marble Arch Tube Station 215m

Edgware Road Tube Station 791m


Address: 22-24 Seymour Place , London W1H 7NL

Area: Paddington Bayswater

Opening times

Tues-Sun 5.30pm-11pm

Nearby Landmarks

Odeon Cinema Marble Arch 191m

Premier League & Football League 215m


Telephone: 020 3011 5400


Cuisine: Bars North American

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