The Anglesea Arms

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The Anglesea Arms The Anglesea Arms in London’s Kensington is a country-style pub with great food, beer, & a big patio. Make some new friends in London with Party Earth. London England 51.4901712 -0.1766786
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Party Earth Review The Anglesea Arms is a country-style pub that attracts a young international clientele with seasonal eats, craft ales, and prices a bit friendlier to the wallet than the average watering hole in this part of town. A tree... ... read full review

  • Tube:

    Circle, District, Piccadilly Lines: South Kensington, Gloucester Road

  • Phone:

    020 7373 7960

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  • Hours:

    M–F 11am–3pm and 6–11pm, Sa noon–5pm and 6–11pm, Su noon–5pm and 6–10:30pm
    Kitchen closes M–F 2:45–7pm and at 10pm, Sa 3–7pm and at 10pm, Su 3:30–6:30pm and at 9:30pm

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot
    • Night Spot

Party Earth The Anglesea Arms Review

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The Anglesea Arms in London’s Kensington is a country-style pub with great food, beer, & a big patio. Make some new friends in London with Party Earth.

The Anglesea Arms is a country-style pub that attracts a young international clientele with seasonal eats, craft ales, and prices a bit friendlier to the wallet than the average watering hole in this part of town.

A tree-lined patio at the entrance gets busy early on warm weather afternoons, and stays that way as groups of friends with their dogs in tow carouse and swill ciders in the sun.

The vibe switches tempo inside, where dark green lights reminiscent of a snooker room hang over the cozy two-fers, and larger group tables spread across the faded oak floor. There’s no pumping soundtrack, the TVs are off unless a big game is on, and the British fusion grub – everything from pan-fried plaice to hearty rib eye – is refined enough to attract foodies, but still offers plenty of options for the less adventurous diner.

A naturally lit room beyond the bar is home to glistening antique tables that host an older crowd in the mood for more elegant dining, while most of the younger pre-gamers stick to the front when they crowd in on weekends to talk, flirt, and try the latest beers from the six hand pumps.

The Anglesea Arms manages to pull off an atmosphere that’s the perfect mix of casual and refined, making it ideal for a peaceful meal, a little fun in the sun, or a festive social gathering to kick off the night.

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Tip from Emma:

Even if the weather is dreary, ample space heaters keep the outdoor patio inviting. But if you’d rather get cozy, grab a table by the open fireplace and prepare to stay awhile.

  • Crowd

    Moneyed but unpretentious locals, weary urbanites looking to recharge with some country pub atmosphere, groups of friends enjoying some sun, craft beer lovers, older families, mid-20s to late 30s+.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Pair of TVs tuned to a game or turned off. Free Wi-Fi.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    British fusion menu including seasonally changing fare such as char-grilled salmon, cider-braised rabbit, rib-eye steak, and traditional fish and chips on Fridays. Sunday Roast 12:30–3:30pm. Dog friendly on the patio. Available for private rental.

  • Prices

    Starters £5.50–£7, entrées £12–£19, desserts £5.50–£6. Roast £12–£16. Beer £4+, wine £4–£9/glass or £16.50–£26+/bottle, rum, whiskey, and other spirits £4+.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual to smart casual: traditional office wear, relaxed shirts, shorts, chinos, summery dresses.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Sunny days to savor several pints on the patio, or Thursday through Saturday nights to pre-game with a big, friendly crowd of punters.

  • Close By

    Zetland Arms (2 Bute Street) is a corner boozer just steps away from Royal Albert Hall and located in one of the area’s oldest buildings. Charlie Chaplin was allegedly a regular.

The Anglesea Arms User Reviews

Average rating:
Excellent hidden gem in Chelsea/Kensington area
Craig B. Dec 10, 2012
I spent one autumn living in this neighborhood but I never felt quite at home there, with very few exceptions, the Angelsea Arms being one of them. It's located at almost the halfway point between my lodging and the Tube station, so after a hard day of studying (or a not so hard day of goofing off around town), it was a wonderful place to stop in for a pint and catch my breath before going home to make some chow. Sometimes they even have a bowl of pickled onions out for snacking. As the write-up above says, the fare here is substantially cheaper than you'd expect for a Chelsea pub and the people who worked and played there weren't nearly as posh/uppity as everyone you'd find on High Street Kensington.
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