Best Pubs in the Royal Borough…
As a taxi driver who works in the Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, I’m keen to wax lyrical to anyone who’ll listen about just how great a place Kensington is. Now, while we cab drivers are well known for our love of fine arts, great wine, and keeping abreast of current affairs (okay, maybe not!), there is another side to some of us that you don’t see – one that involves days off and a cold pint of beer! That’s right; I love nothing more than spending some quality time in the local boozer. Using my love of cold beverages and my knowledge of Kensington, let me provide you with an insider’s guide to the best pubs in the town. And before we start, should you want a more in depth tour of London’s boozers you best book one of our London taxis and we’ll take you to the best of the best!
The Anglesea Arms
With summer in (kind of) full swing, no trip to Kensington is complete without a visit to The Anglesea Arms at 15 Selwood Terrace. Does that road name sound familiar to you? It might be because Charles Dickens used to live just four doors down at number 11. The Anglesea Arms comes alive in the summer thanks to its large outdoor terrace and various ales, including The AAA – the pub’s in-house special. You can also enjoy some good gastro pub grub here too.
The Churchill Arms is a staple of Kensington and one of London’s most renowned watering holes. As the name suggests, the boozer celebrates one of Blighty’s finest – Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill. The British Bulldog’s grandparents were once regulars of the Churchill Arms, and the odd celebrity now frequents the pub. If you love hanging-baskets and celebrating patron days, you’ll enjoy a night in here.
The Devonshire Arms
If you’re doing a spot of shopping around the boutiques of South Kensington, then you’re probably going to work up a bit of a thirst. Hop in the taxi and I’ll take you to nearby Marloes Road and the rustic character of The Devonshire Arms. Boasting a heated beer garden, four regular changing real ales, no less than nine world beers and lagers on tap, and some wonderful home-cooked food, you’ll love spending a relaxing afternoon here. If day turns to night and your still in The Devonshire, take advantage of one of the themed evenings – one of which is this cab drivers favourite: Monday pub quiz night.
The hustle and bustle of Kensington High Street can take its toll on even the most hardened of shopper’s, so get off the main strip and head to the more relaxing surroundings of The Britannia. If you like the regal surroundings and elegance of Kensington, then you’ll love The Britannia. Leather couches, Chesterfield arm chairs, log fires – all you need is a deerstalker, a pipe and some fine facial hair to become the quintessential 19th century Englishman. A fine selection of Young’s and guest ales, a good wine menu, and a restaurant next door mean you’ll probably want to make this place home.
The Warwick Arms
If one boozer in Kensington sums up the traditional London pub experience, it’s The Warwick Arms. Tucked away nicely between the Olympia and Earl’s Court, you can relax with the local’s and workers of Kensington and enjoy the full range of award-winning Fuller’s beers while taking an interest in the collection of “objet d’art” that decorates the old pine walls and surrounds the Chesterfield sofas. If you’re in town for the weekend, don’t miss out on Fabulous Friday, where you can enjoy a bottle of champagne and a bowl of strawberries for £20.00.
There you have it, the cab driver’s guide to the best pubs in Kensington. Mines a pint of London Pride if you’re buying!