13–17 Bear St , London, WC2H 7AS

SquareMeal Review of Zoo

If you crave a fine, peaty malt savoured in rarefied company, this brash pile is not for you – the Zoo can live up to its name when the going gets hectic. Twentysomething hedonists wig out on woo woo & bramble by the jug-load, or gulp a rocktail (vodka, Chambord, raspberry purée, lime & grenadine): cheap, by London standards, at £6.40. Wines suit shallow pockets, with a glass of cava at £4.50 & a bottle of Italian rosso or Sicilian bianco at £13.50. To eat, there’s pizza, fajitas, nachos &… well, you get the picture. Saturday’s Party Hard or Go Home night sums it up. That’ll be home by 5am, Mum!

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Nearby Tube/Rail Stations

Leicester Square Tube Station 50m

Charing Cross Station 310m


Address: 13–17 Bear St , London WC2H 7AS

Area: Covent Garden

Opening times

Mon-Fri 12N-3am (Fri-Sat -3.30am) Sun 3pm-2am

Nearby Landmarks

Odeon Cinema Leicester Square 40m

Wyndham's Theatre 61m


Telephone: 020 7839 4188


Cuisine: Bars

Private Dining: 75

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