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  • “The staff seemed to really know what was on offer and suggested a few bottles with which I was not familiar, all of which were delicious.” in 4 reviews

  • “Everywhere you look, there are quirky decorations - maps, stuffed animals and quirky lampshades abound.” in 2 reviews

  • “This unique venue is full of quirky decorations - old maps, lampshades and floating gramaphones are just some of the things to get you excited.” in 2 reviews

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  • 5.0 star rating
    2 check-ins

    I am so glad this is here. Moving from Shoreditch, the land of braces, beards, and the well-crafted cocktail, I was a bit nervous moving to Clapham.... not only south, but SOUTH WEST (gasp!).

    PKD comfort me in my time of need. Friendly and knowledgeable bar staff, incredibly tasty cocktails, and enough taxidermy to make this East London girl feel at home in the South West, away from a tube line. Thanks to places like PKD, I am excited to call Battersea/Clapham my new home. Do try it out, you shan't be disappointed!

  • 4.0 star rating

    Powder Keg Diplomacy is a great and underrated place to go for brunch. I have been there twice with my parents and the food is delicious, not stupidly expensive and the atmosphere is great - something a bit different!

    I did go there for a first date once and I think it was a bit intense for that! The cocktails are AMAZING though (you have to try the Cape of Storms!), and the food was tasty. A good place to go with friends, either if you earn a good wage or for a special occasion. But it can be tricky to get a table as it fills up, so maybe book a table or get there early :)

  • 5.0 star rating
    6 check-ins ROTD 4/9/2013

    PKD is most certainly an excellent drinking establishment as well as a great neighbourhood restaurant, and was actually a significant pull factor in moving to the area!

    I like the fact it caters for pretty much anything you might fancy, whether that's a beer and a light bite, a bottle of wine and a three course meal, or some pre/ post dinner cocktails. It manages to achieve a perfect combination of delivering good quality that's worth returning for, a relaxed, quirky, interesting environment, and friendly, attentive service.

    It can get really rammed with drinkers at peak times, so I prefer to enjoy it when it's a little bit quieter - it's ideal for a mid-to-late afternoon drink, accompanied by some of the tasty bar snacks as you ease into evening.

    The staff are also very good at making recommendations on the beer front and giving you some tasters to try, or mixing up a variation on a cocktail. It's definitely a place where time somehow seems to slip away.

    And, it's also open for brunch :)

  • 5.0 star rating

    As I'm teetotal, I don't frequent pubs but my fine London Yelp friends introduced me to Powder Key Diplomacy after a Yelp event

    IT's a unique venue and they've obviously worked hard to make it so. Everywhere you look, there are quirky decorations - maps, stuffed animals and quirky lampshades abound. I think the theme is Victorian gentleman traveller?

    The throwback to that era continues with the considerable leatherbound menu and the staff addressing you as sir. If you still can't find a libation which will meet your exacting tastes, they will concoct a bespoke cocktail based on your preferences

    Just a shame it's in an area of London I dont visit that often

  • 2.0 star rating
    3 check-ins

    This place has a great reputation, so I was very disappointed when I took a few friends and the service was well below average.

    The decor is great and the conservatory at the back is very cute. It felt like colonial England.

    The food was ok, if they had gotten our order correct.

    I had a cocktail which was average, but everyone else had beer, which they enjoyed.

    The staff felt a bit arrogant and were more interested in being cool & trendy than getting the service right.

    I will give it another go though.

  • 4.0 star rating

    Enter Powder Keg and you feel like you've gone back in time - into an era where everybody was a gentlemen. This unique venue is full of quirky decorations - old maps, lampshades and floating gramaphones are just some of the things to get you excited.  

    Never would I use the word 'mixologists' but the bar staff here really are craftsman. It may take you a while to decipher the various concoctions on offer in their long menu (but in a leather bound cover no less) filled with beers, wines and cocktails. If you find that you're struggling (and like me, wondering if some of the worlds were actually English), the team will happily make you something bespoke.

    Once you've dominated the bar, you can walk through into the quaint conservatory area where there are tables for food. Even thought the place is quite small, I've never had a problem getting a table for the weekend but try and book early (phone or online).

    Wonderful place, and I'll definitely be back!

  • 4.0 star rating
    1 check-in

    I was introduced to this place by Yelp's lovely book group. Apparently most of them live in this part of town and had been here before, but it was my first venture.

    After having a really bad day (and only a week or so after my arm surgery too) involving the wrong train, I finally stumbled in late and wet. The venue itself is going for that 20's speakeasy vibe with an eclectic decorating scheme. (Stuffed ferrets anyone?) I really enjoyed the vibe of the place.

    I ordered hot chocolate and a cheese board. Both of which were amazing. The drinks also looked great, but given my arm has been cut open only 10 days earlier, I thought that forgoing drinking on this outing might be a good plan.

    But I'd come back. The rest of the food looked great, and they do brunch, so who knows? It could be a great brunch venue in the future.

  • 4.0 star rating

    Came here for Sunday roast with my boss, her fiance, and his friend. The atmosphere is cozy, and the menu is pretty impressive. I settled for the sirloin, which was cooked perfectly along with the yorkshire pudding and veg that came along with it.

    I'd definitely come back to try other food my next time in London. However, we were a bit put off by our waitress who handed us our check when we asked for a dessert menu.

  • 5.0 star rating
    1 check-in

    In sticking with the trend, I'm giving Power Keg Diplomacy a solid five stars. Mostly because it is the gentlemanly thing to do.

    In fact, I feel all sorts of gentlemanly now after having visited this bar, which feels more like a Victorian hunting lodge than an actual place to, put it lightly, get drunk. Colonial maps on the ceiling, animal prints on the wall, old-era jazz on the speakers, comfortable couches, and bartenders who politely nod and call you sir while wearing bowties.

    And let's talk about these master craftsmen of the drinking trade. These are mixologists through and through. There is a long menu (in a leather bound cover no less) filled with beers, wines and cocktails. And it was the last that I went for. They will create one of those or tell them what you like and they'll make you something even more amazing.

    Class all around at this place. Top is off with an amazing name and five stars indeed. Five stars all around.

  • 5.0 star rating
    1 check-in ROTD 17/5/2013
    Listed in Greatest Hits

    Powder Keg Diplomacy is a great place for a drink and throughly earns its five stars with ease. The beer is good but it is the enthusiasm and knowledge of the staff for the beer they serve which marks this out from other establishments.

    If you are unsure what to order the bar staff will happily advise you of the different beers on offer and will pour you a small taster glass before you have to make a commitment.

    The quirky Victorian decor of the interior adds to the character of the place, having moved close by I will be frequenting Powder Keg Diplomacy again and working my way slowly through the extensive beer menu.

  • 5.0 star rating
    4 check-ins

    Hum...shall I check out Powder Keg Diplomacy, you ask?

    Hum, do you like awesome beer, awesome decor, awesome food, and awesome service?


    Then why the heck are you on yelp??

    I'll join the line of Elites endorsing this place. I first tried it in the fall of last year, sitting in the front area by the windows in a comfy chair, enjoying a few delicious beers with a friend. I vowed to come back.

    After that, I came back for brunch with my boyfriend who was visiting from America, and was impressed again. (He was super impressed!) We shared a giant full English for only £8, and a fantastic braised ham hock on toast with poached egg and hollandaise for £7. We also had tea, coffee, beer, and a fabulous espresso martini. We must have sat for hours in the place!

    Next, we made reservations for Christmas Eve dinner. A place has to be special to be chosen for Christmas Eve dinner, and this place certainly is! Their holiday menu was just effing gorgeous. Three course dinner and great ambiance, a few drinks, a soup with cob nuts, a terrine, some cold pickled vegetables, a roasted bird, a tower of twice fried potatoes with peppercorn cream sauce and roast beef, fresh berries, something with chocolate... it was delightful even if some of the details are lost in the hazy glow of the memory.

    Yes, delightful.

  • 5.0 star rating

    The Powder Keg Diplomacy is a drinker's paradise. Particularly if that drinker likes their interior Victorian English and their music from the Jazz Age.

    The drink is good, no doubt: I'm a keen beer drinker, and there's plenty of stuff here I don't recognise, in a good way. I'd also be confident about trying their wine and cocktails: these guys know their stuff. Heck, they're passionate about it.

    But it's the service here that really makes this place stand out from the others. How many other places would give you samples of five different beers to help you decide which beer to go for? And I mean 'give' freely i.e. not prompted, more a case of "here's what we have on draft, and what kinds of beer do you like? Okay, well here's another two you should try." Incredible. This is a place I'd be confident of taking the most demanding of customers without fear of disappointment.

    The interior is Victorian English: candles, low hanging lights, many in a style harking back to the 19th century. The coup de grace is the dining area, an elegantly styled space with a huge skylight, ceiling fans, and immaculately laid tables. I'd happily take someone here with a view to impressing.

    The music is 1920s-40s. Jazz Age. Classy. Throw in the free wifi and this is a superb spot for some surfing.

    Overall: this place is amazing. If there's any justice in the world it should get business a-plenty.

  • 5.0 star rating
    10 check-ins

    I spent a very enjoyable afternoon at PKD today. Sat in a comfortable booth, I was well placed to investigate one of the best beer lists in London. I immediately knew I was in safe hands when I spied a specific section of the list devoted to Redchurch Brewery (my favourite) and an array of others from around Britain and the rest of the world. The staff seemed to really know what was on offer and suggested a few bottles with which I was not familiar, all of which were delicious.

    My companion enjoyed the cocktails just as much as I enjoyed the beers and the wine list looked pretty good as well, with a couple of unusual bottles from India and Canada on offer. Further, while I have not sampled the full menu, the bar snacks we ordered were tasty. In particular, the haggis coated scotch egg was both unusual and delicious.

    PKD is, for me, the full package and I can see it becoming a real favourite in the months to come.

  • 4.0 star rating

    By far one of my favourite pubs by name, the Powder Keg Diplomacy was the site of our inaugural Classy Beer Club and it would be hard to find a better place to start. As expected, the PKD boasts an impressive range of beers and ales on tap and the staff behind the bar have a correspondingly vast amount of knowledge about said beers and ales.

    I often find myself wanted to try something new without really having much of an idea about what to try. The bartender was quick to ask questions about my tastes and general mood for the night (including what drinks I had had previously) and suggested a dry lager to start followed by a more robust stout. He even poured tastes of a few recommendations so I could try before I buy, so to speak. His choices were excellent and I would happily rely on his judgement for future experiments.

    The atmosphere is one of dark woods and fire places which makes it an excellent place to drag chairs into a corner and chill. The back of the pub has a dining area in what looks like an old conservatory but we were here to drink, not eat, so I can't comment on the food.

    Overall, a great place for a lingering drink if you find yourself down in Battersea and definitely on my list of places to Beer in London!

  • 5.0 star rating

    Class. While the interior may suggest it's like any other British pub, upon further inspection the atmosphere is far kitschier and interesting when you sit inside.  There were doors hanging on the wall! Doors!

    The beer menu was large and diverse, though heavy on the European selection. I can't really complain because I am very unfamiliar with brit-microbrews so the alcohol menu was a new lexicon of lubricants (yea. I went there)

    I tried a Fraoch, an ancient heather ale from Scotland. I'm a sucker for new things, and I was very happy. Though the beer doesn't exactly reflect on the bar, the fact that it was an option does.

    Nice place. Definitely check it out if you are looking for a micro-haven in London and want a true selection.

  • 5.0 star rating
    3 check-ins

    Considering my dedication to drinking, I should probably focus on the extensive selection of beers offered by this fine establishment.  I ought to devote a bountiful number of words to the accompanying wine list and unusual, creative cocktails.  It would be reasonable to expect a breakdown of the quirky decor, not least considering that the walls are decorated with doors, there are handles on the ceiling, lampshades made from gramophone horns and a glass case filled with avian taxidermy.  You might anticipate a monologue on the staff, in particular a moustachioed waiter called Pascal who would have looked more at home tripping about Shoreditch but despite being achingly hipster was nonetheless a very nice man indeed, bringing generous samples of the brews on offer direct to our table, proffering suggestions, cheerfully putting up with our increasingly loud, drunken group and providing excellent service with a smile at all times.

    But I'm not going to say any of that.  Instead I'm just going to mention the most important fact of all: there were church candles in the loos.  Totes atmospheric!

    So purely on the basis of the flickering, flattering light in the ladies, that's five stars for you, Powder Keg Diplomacy.  Five stars for you.

  • 5.0 star rating
    ROTD 30/12/2012

    i love this bar so much. there are various animals painted on the walls, and i honestly think that's reason enough to give a place 5 stars, buuuuut powder keg diplomacy has a myriad of other reasons too.

    firstly, the decor and ambience in this place is amazing (animals on the walls, hello?!) - the ceiling has an old colonies map painted onto it - too good, and it's all darkly lit and intimate. the eating area at the back looks absolutely beautiful, i will definitely need to return here to try out the food.

    the drinks menu is so extensive with very careful selections of booze. i ordered the regalitea which was a sparkling english wine, gin, earl grey and peach affair i believe and it was so good.

    the guys working here were all a delight, friendly, efficient, unobtrusive. i know if we had asked for recommendations or help on anything they would have been more than happy to oblige.

    we came here before a yelp event so only stayed for about 45 minutes or so, but i will definitely return here to work my way through the menu, and i can't wait to do so!

    • Qype User panna-…
    • London
    • 1 friend
    • 47 reviews
    3.0 star rating

    An interesting place with a good service, great staff and a very good selection of drinks, will definitely come back one day.

    • Qype User getdan…
    • London
    • 2 friends
    • 15 reviews
    3.0 star rating

    It's time to get yourself acquainted with a Victorian Colonial themed bar. This means glass decanters, dark wooden seating, beautiful ornate Victorian decor and chaps in braces behind the bar. Yes yes, it's Clapham and if you can move past this it's well worth it. Involving powerful homemade liqueurs and ginger beer, the cocktail list is fantastic and quirky, (run by ex Lost Society 'winners of two TimeOut 'bar of the year' accolades' types this might not be too surprising) and on the menu, I'd be prepared to commit murder for the pork belly. Try the Grandad's Allotment cocktail which comes with a fresh stick of rhubarb in it, and black treacle across the top. Order one, and take delight as you're treated to a five-minute lesson in how a drink should really be made. A three because a hint of laddishness crept in towards the end of the evening, which didn't really fit the vibe.

  • 5.0 star rating
    First to Review

    effortlessly classy joint.  extensive beer and cocktail menu with knowledgeable staff to provide recommendations and mix stellar drinks.  generous with samples to ensure the proper fit.  atmosphere took us back in time between the dark blue upholstery against the rich wood and vintage trio of double bass, clarinet and banjo.

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