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For drinkers, writers, artists - and smokers, the Coach and Horses has a long and distinguished history. Jeffrey Bernard, Dylan Thomas, John Hurt, Lucian Freud, Francis Bacon and Peter Cook all came here - arguing, debating and misbehaving through a dense cloud of smoke. But no more.
Alistair Choat, 44, the landlord, joined his customers on the pavement of Greek Street, shielding his cigarette from the rain. "It was always a fug of smoke in here," he said. "Particularly last night. This ban is a travesty. Yes, smoking is a filthy habit. Yes, it is bad for you. But that is not actually the point. We have got 500 years history of smoking in pubs and suddenly, without being asked, you're not allowed to do it any more."