Traditional London songs – Timeless, cheerful and inimitable music from a bygone era! One way to step back in time and get sucked up into what can only be described as being traditional London flavour, is to go to one of the London pubs which still have a good old Cockney-style sing-alongs.
You can even have a delicious slap-up meal in some of these pubs before joining in with the singing and merrymaking in an extremely authentic of London environment.
The Coach and Horses Public House on Greek Street in Soho is one such pub where they still belt out the London tunes. Every Wednesday and Saturday the pub is engrossed in singing songs from a bygone age.
Songs such as ‘Roll out the Barrel’ – apparently written by a Czech, but certainly embraced by Britain’s armed forces and Londoners -, the ‘Lambeth Walk,’ ‘Maybe it’s because I’m a Londoner,’ and many more can be heard blasting out from The Coach and Horses into the Soho night air. Of course slightly more contemporary songs have been added to the list, such as Ralph Mactell’s ‘Streets of London.’
Another fairly central London pub which dedicates a few nights per week to a traditional London knees up is the Golden Eagle on Marylebone Lane.
In this down-to-earth and refreshingly unpretentious pub, you can sing around the piano on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday evenings.
In fact so serious is the Golden Eagle about its traditional London songs that no food is served here, it’s simply about drinking, singing and merriment, downing a few pints and joining in a rendition of ‘My Old Man’s a Dustman’ or ‘Knees Up Mother Brown.’
It would be a real shame if the seemingly timeless and cheerful music of London was to stop as unlike the comparatively monotonous familiarity of the pubs and bars that are considered fashionable and contemporary and can be found in virtually every major town and city in the UK, these traditional song-singing pubs cling on to London’s inimitable entertainment heritage.