This pub was voted among the best in the area by Londonist readers.
Have you ever drank inside an octopus? It probably looks a little something like this. Swirls, whirls and organic curls decorate every millimetre of this outrageously gorgeous pub. Mosaics, stained glass, tiled columns... you'll want to lick the decor. A set of nubile nymphs, playfully lacking in wardrobe, gaze down from the bar canopy, perhaps a nod to the venue's former reported use as a brothel. According to the pub's website, the slang word 'randy' was invented here, thanks to the pub's close proximity to Randolph Crescent.
Today, it's a busy, bustling place with plenty of room to spread out. Three or four ales stand on draught, while the row of kegs is particularly impressive. There's also a well-liked food offering (the place used to be owned by Gordon Ramsay, but the tradition of good grub has been continued by current owners Faucet Inn). Look upstairs for a less bonkers function room, plus hotel rooms if you really can't tear yourself away.
Last updated July 2015.