On Tuesday night this week, rather by accident, I did something I've never done before - I took part in a singalong around the old Joanna.
I arrived at the Coach & Horses, Greek Street just as the pianist was starting. She rattled off a few well known tunes - My Old Man, Roll out the Barrel etc but at 7.30pm most people in the pub ignored her.
Only an hour later it was a different story. Although it turned into a bit of a karaoke session at one point - with groups of work colleagues singing along to tunes from the Jungle Book and Oliver (words provided) - after a short break she was back on the traditional songs. Soon loads of people were singing along (including me); not needing words to the famous Londony songs. I can't sing that well so really hope she was attracted to our table by the much better voices of @London_nut and his girlfriend A.
We were amazed to discover that Lili Davies - or to give her her stage name, Magic Betty, was from Romania! She said she had learned all the songs from scratch. I must admit I initially felt a bit cheated. I wanted her to be London born and bred. However she is very entertaining and I will definitely return.
The Coach and Horses has singalongs around the piano every Tuesday and Saturday at 7.30pm. I expect Saturday evenings will be a different crowd entirely. There are a number of different performers; Magic Betty will next be performing there on Saturday 22nd March.
There are lots of other good reasons to visit the pub. They only serve vegetarian food, upstairs there is a "secret" tea room and they sell at least 5 varieties of pickled egg! (I have to confess I have never eaten a pickled egg - maybe I should try one here.) Any recommendations for a particular flavour?
The pub has got a fascinating history too and if you want to discover that why not book on my Soho Sunday Pub Themed Stroll - a new public date coming very soon.
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