The Queen's Arms has lovely food and a calm atmosphere should you be looking for a great haunt on a bright Saturday.
The menu is well thought out and executed well, and the staff are warm and attentive.
A great spot to visit if you are heading over to the Royal Albert Hall and need a bite to eat and a pint ahead of time.
On the recommendation of our bus tour guide, we came here for dinner after a long day of sightseeing. It was a little hard to find, but I'm glad we didn't give up. My husband got sausages and I got fish and chips and we shared a plate of meats and scotch eggs and assorted other tidbits. Everything was delicious! There wasn't really a waiter/waitress, but the guys behind the bar were really nice and despite sitting at an odd small table by the back door, the arrangement was actually pretty charming.
The only downside to the night was a drunk 20-something woman loudly singing opera at random times throughout the night... Definitely an experience, though!
Popped in on a Friday night at 930pm. Enjoyed the free range Gloucester Old Spot sausages with beer mustard mash, onion rings and gravy. The table was provided with Tracklement's strong mustard. The overall combination was outstanding and I washed it down with a solid pint of the Italian import Peroni which was on tap. Other than a loud group of young lads debating at the table adjacent to ours, the meal and atmosphere were tremendous!
My wife enjoyed the gnocchi with wild mushrooms,roasted squash,spinach and cannelloni beans with a nice glass of red marbec. She left happy as well, but not gushing as much as myself.
If you're staying in one of the hotels in South Kensington, this fantastic gastropub is within walking distance and definitely worth a visit. Great selection of beer, and the food is excellent!
Great pub in London, really cute little hole in the wall. Delicious sandwiches at good prices and a great atmosphere to go with it. If you are in the area, definitely try and stop there for lunch.
We were in the area and we wanted to try out an "English Pub". Found this place using yelp. Good food and great service. Seems like a lot of locals eat here.
Over grilled chicken club and pan-flavored burger. Fries were undercooked and unseasoned.
Great spot off the beaten path with friendly service, lively crowd and tasty food. I had the sausages with mustard mash and wine sauce - delicious! Since the bar was crowded, a friendly staff member took our order at our seats, which was nice. I could have come back every night while we were in town!
Our first visit to London and our first pub! We chose it because of the reviews, the location and it seemed like a real neighborhood pub.
We ate here twice during our stay and both meals were delicious. Staff were friendly...and even helped us get acquainted with the 'pub culture' and etiquette.
Definitely a local place and one that's NOT full of tourists. That was the main appeal I found while enjoying a pint.
The bartender was quite nice and explained to me the beers that are kept on a lower temperature than others. I ordered the traditional scrumpy cider and it was very tasty.
The food looked like traditional pub food with fish n chips and bangers and mash.
For us it was the place that saved the night! With a late open kitchen and on top of that some really great bar food it was a great ending to a day in London.
I can't say what it's like when full of people, but late in the evening it was calm, the service was nice and the food was delicious. Try out the sweet potatoes wedges and the goat cheese something-something with bread.
And being a cider fan, there was some really nice dry and half dry ciders.
In a part of London I assume only inhibited by folks who can afford some expensive housing it was not to fancy of a pub - just folksy and nice. I am coming back!
I first drank here in 1979. Things were different. Maggie was in office. Jimmy Carter was in back on my side of the Atlantic. We were drinking to forget. I lived just around the corner on Queens Gate Terrace and this was the closest tap by far. When the hostages were taken in Iran that November we came here to drink and talk politics.
Flash forward to a recent birthday, spent traveling around Europe and back to London in time to celebrate the big day. Maggie & Jimmy? Long gone. The Queens Arms? Still here, still fun, still pouring fine beers and serving up tasty sandwiches. Had a bite to eat and a few fine pints, laced with nostalgia and fuzzy memories. It's bit pricier, but still warm and inviting, and they get an extra star for longevity & endurance (and for not mocking the fake British accent I adopted at first visit, at least while I was in earshot).
Solid little "local" tucked away in the mews behind "Embassy Row" on Queen's Gate. This was my work's local, as I used to work at Imperial College which is but a very swift half's distance away!
Good selection of drink, and good choice for lunch as far as "pub grub" standard food is concerned. It's usually populated by students and staff from Imperial & RCA around lunchtime, but gets much busier in the evenings (particularly during Prom season) with attendees going on to the Royal Albert Hall. Service can be a struggle on busy evenings however -- the bar area is not huge, and 20 minute waits to be served are not unheard of.
However, if you get there when it isn't packed to the gunnels, it's a highly serviceable and pleasant pub -- better than quite a few others in the local area.
PS: Unfortunately, the antique and luxury car showroom which used to be opposite has closed...
I've sat in the arms of the Queen twice in the past 2 years, and enjoyed myself immensely. Both times it was quite packed - its not a large pub.
My favorite visit was when we did not even try to find seats inside, but rather took our pints out into the cobbled alley. Viewing the vintage sports cars in the showroom in the nice weather was great, and when we wanted to sit down, we just sat against the wall with the other patrons.
At one point, a guy drove up in a beautiful red Ferrari, and my semi-drunken, too friendly companion got excited and asked me to take his photo with the car. He just went right up and leaned on the driver's door and yelled to me "Take my picture!" as the driver shot us a dirty look. It was funny to me, but of course it wasn't my car.
The prices are reasonable, the food is fine, so if you can find this place you'll enjoy yourself - especially in the milder temperatures.
We were looking for a place to meet before the Totem show at Royal Albert Hall. Someone had warned me that they short change tourists who aren't use to the money so I kept a keen asian eye on getting correct change. Thankfully, I didn't share that experience.
They are one of the few places that serve Fruili strawberry beer. Yeah sorry not a beer drinker. It's a belgian beer that is 5% alcohol in Vol. and someone told me has antioxidants! It's super yummy and it's easy to drink.
We weren't that hungry but we ordered soup which was a hearty butternut squash soup served with 3 multigrain slices of bread and butter. Amazing deal considering that the same soup at Borough Market would cost more for less soup and bread.
Not bad. I won't shy away the next time someone suggests Queens Arms but do take note that if you're coming with a large group. I probably would prefer Gloucester Arms for the larger seating areas, games, location (QA is a bit hidden in the Mews) and free wifi.
But QA isn't too bad.
I first experienced the Queen's right before i started my Semester Abroad in London. Seeing as I lived around the corner, it proved to be the closest pub, and definitely the best. The staff (most of which have moved on) are still around, the owner and his wife are fantastic! They changed their menu 3 times while I was there, and it was all quite good, average price for pub fair, and relatively simplistic, not quite gastropub, but delicious.
This place gets pretty busy at night, especially on weekends, but gets truly packed after shows at Royal Albert Hall. Good selection of Single Malts, good beer and prompt service. Great place to grab a quiet drink, or at night share some drinks with friends. Generally an older crowd, not quite as rambunctious as some of the other places around.
Right before I left they were changing some of their beer selections, but always something good available, and for all taste.
Unfortunately the Vintage Car Dealership has moved down the street a ways, but the Queen's is a fantastic place to grab a pint and something to eat after a bit of adventure in South Kensington
The food is hit and miss, but other than that it's a great little pub. It gets busy on Fridays (especially if it's nice outside) right after work because Imperial's students and staff want to get off campus but not go too far. It's just the right mix of locals and Imperial people though, and you won't be over run by undergraduates as most of the Imperial people that venture to Queens Arms are post grads and staff.
Plenty of beers to choose from, from Cask ales to Franziskaner to Leffe to a few ciders. Grab a beer and head outside in the summertime. Order some food and they'll give you a flower!
A lovely mews pub for summer, where you can spill out onto the cobbles with pint in hand to catch some evening sun while you prop up against a doorstep or window sill. If the UK every bans drinking in public then pubs like these will die a death.
The Queens Arms is pretty, homely and spoils the cider drinker for choice. I'm more of an ale guy, but if sweet, dry or just potent cider is your thing then The Queens Arms will be heaven for you. How do you like those apples!
Just one more thing... timing is everything here. Turn up ten minutes too late and the place is full to the brim with Imperial staff and students. But get it just right, and it's a great drinking hole. I've not worked out the timing just yet.
Right... so this was my local when I lived in SW7, and I'll say this...
The bar itself was nice, I did like it a lot, it was literally out my back window, you can't get more local than that.. HOWEVER, if you can't order in a proper British accent, prepare to have the barstaff take the piss. You will get short-changed. I made the mistake of not actually looking at what I got back a couple of times and found myself a few pounds light. A friend of mine had this happen as well. A mistake that won't be made again. Once we caught onto their game and paid for everything with cards, the trips became more enjoyable. Just be weary, you are in Kensington, tourist capital of London.
Tucked away on the corner of the Mews just behind Queens Gate the Queens Arms is a popular watering hole for students and lecturers from nearby Imperial and the RCA.
I like the fairly boisterous atmosphere in here and the fact that they serve Fentimans Ginger Beer amongst their good list of ales. The food is average, but edible and reasonably priced too with all sandwiches under £5 and more substantial dishes under £10. It's always nicely busy, but not overcrowded and there's usually a comfortable spot to prop yourself up against even if all the seats are taken. The low lighting from the candles in wine bottles and the chandelier is an inviting touch.
When I've been the drinkers have been predominately male and last time I went a fight nearly broke out. This was rather exciting as I didn't know people in South Ken ever resorted to fisticuffs, perhaps just choosing to settle their differences with a severe game of poker instead, so we all found this made the place even more likable. Students hey. Of course it all ended with a laugh and a few pats on the back, the whole curfuffle was probably just down to the excess of testosterone in here.
Went here on my way to Royal Albert Hall to have quick bite and a pint before the show and this is pretty much the only pub reasonably nearby. It can be a bit difficult to find, but if you prepare yourself with a map or an iphone (with the yelp app installed - obviously) then you should be alright.
The place was filled with the likes of me, also on the way to Royal Albert Hall, dressed up and having a nice meal. But there were also a large number of students. The atmosphere was nice, friendly and it felt really good to step into this pub with friendly staff.
Just a note, I noticed they had one of those annoying cash machines that charge you £1.75 so I suspect there is a minimum on using cards in the bar.
My order was more than 10 quid (the usual limit I think) so my card wasn't rejected but if you only go here for a pint or so then perhaps ensure you got some on you before you arrive (I think the nearest free ATMs are probably on kensingon high street) to avoid the annoying and additional cost of just getting hold of some bills.
Ordered a chicken and bacon sandwich with brie cheese (melted) and it was absolutely divine! Love to come back for more items they dish out from this kitchen!
So, if you are in the area, this is a safe bet rather than risking going to those tourist-pubs that would only disappoint you...
Came here during my study abroad trip in London, lived right across the street and hope to come back to visit.
They have Strawberry Beer. Need I say more?
Stopped in for a few pints on a Saturday afternoon. Not many people there at that time so it was easy to get a beer from the vast selection of ales and lagers on tap.
A good feel to this pub. Must stop back during the peak drinking hours for the true scene.
Witheringly expensive, lovely interior, staff more interested in their own exploits than in helping you engage in your own. Or even have a quiet drink.
That said, it's lovely inside and the food looks good if, as we've noted, it's witheringly expensive.
And they've a decent range of beers.
I've put off finishing this review for 2 reasons. 1) I wish we had more of this sort of stuff in the states, and 2) I wish I was back in London sipping on a nice cold beer and ordering delectable small dishes from the pub menu (And I don't mean just hamburgers and fries....I mean real gastronomical foods)
On our first night here, I was determined to try the fish and chips. As far as English foods go, besides English Breakfast and perhaps tea time, fish and chips are the thing to go for. So add in a nice pub around it and lay it on me.
This place was nice. It's not like the pubs we have in SF where you walk in and feel that all the regulars have no where else to go and so they settle there and the bartender just wants the clock to turn midnight already so he can kick everyone out and bounce on his own. No. People come here by choice for the beer, for a hangout, for a grub or two, and the bartenders like what they do. If I were to compare it to SF, its like Monk's Kettle. Not your bummish crowd, but your youthful crowd who just want a good beer and some gourmet food to go along.
Our dinner was mainly a random selection of small eats and a few big ones shared and devoured like there was no tomorrow.
I had english ale throughout the night and was delighted to find myself with a nice buzz while tasting the treats. The fish and chips were phenomenal. I'm quite sure it wasn't the buzzed status, but damn, that fish tasted good. Chips were whatever. Add that malted vinegar and it'll be gone in no time.
We also had some sweet potato steak like fries which was quite average, but provided a nice filler. Next up, curry samosas. Yes its an odd item to have at a pub but I'm glad they did because it was certainly good and who knew how well it went with beer. The last thing was a fried polenta thing, forgive my failing memory. But anything with polenta is a must for me. So delicious.
And I suppose I fed myself beer for the rest of the night and enjoyed each moment of it. That's what I call a vacation!
Lucky enough to live around here for awhile. Great pub. Crowded on weekends where the crowd spills in the small semi-private street. Good food as well. A little hipster on weekend days, but a nice place to grab a Fullers at any time. Cool.
You wouldn't know this pub was here, so tucked away it is from the College's and large houses that dominate the area. Situated in a quaint cobbled cul-de-sac, I used to stop off here on the way home, (there is a vintage car showroom opposite with some wonderful old cars) and it is place to go to let the traffic die down before the journey back to Chiswick. You can waste an hour or so and stand outside in the quiet street and enjoy a nice beer. Very small and it attracts people that are going to the Royal Albert Hall, so it can get amazingly busy and it can difficult to even get in the pub.
Food is cheap and cheerful but I would imagine good enough to line your stomach before heading off for some culture. Not a great night time place in my opinion but it does a job as a refuge if you need one as per the traffic home etc.
I sometimes go drinking here on a Friday night with friends from Imperial. Hidden until the last minute down a obscure side street, the location makes it the ideal spot for standing outside enjoying a few pints of their great selection of ales on tap (Sierra Nevada, Meantime Pale Ale, Discover, Adnams to name a few)
The interior is decent, quite spacious filled with a bit of a funny mish-mash of old wooden tables, on which I fully recommend you situate a couple of bowls of their hearty home-made chips. They are truly excellent, and complement the tasty pub food you'll find on offer very well.
I came here almost every day for four months when I studied abroad. (not just for drinking at night, but for tea and lunch during the day as well) The staff, owners, and patrons were a fantastic group of people. I loved the menu - the roasted Camembert with herbs was particularly amazing, and the puddings were heavenly.
I wasn't a huge beer drinker, but I was really pleased with the cider and wine selection. The hot spiced wine at Christmas was a treat for us Americans who hadn't had it before.
When the weather was nice, socializing and drinking out on the street was a must. I hear the owners and most of the staff have moved on, and I really hope it hasn't lost its charm. Either way, when I go back to London one of these days the Queen's Arms is #1 on my list of places to visit!
This place is about a 15 minutes walk away from our Astor Kensington hostel we checked in. It seems to be a genuine London pub without (or at least not many) tourists.
One gets beer and food for decent prices. The atmosphere is great sice it's very homely.
Unfortunatelly the place closes at 11pm.
A lovely little pub well hidden away down one of the Mews off Queens Gate in South Kensington. The owners are lovely, barmen and ladies great and the food is fantastic and very well priced for the quality.
This place does occasionally get busy as it is becoming more well known thanks to its popularity with locals and students, and they serve a good variety of drinks and ales in particular. A bit pricey for me, but probably average for the neighbourhood it's in.
Very quirky interior with lots of wood to lean against and the tables inside are wooden as well, creating a lovely old fashioned atmosphere, balanced against good hearty British pub grub. A great place to visit.
I went here again for dinner the other day and was delighted to see on tap Aspall's Peronelle's Blush, which I had never seen nor had before. A great combination of apple and blackberry, though not the most manly drink I've ever held onto. My burger was lovely as well, and the Bloody Mary sauce that goes with it is great!
This place is often absolutely packed, especially in the evenings with the after work or Albert Hall crowd, but it can be surprisingly empty at other times.
Quiet little local pub tucked away in a very posh neighborhood. They serve pretty great pub grub and snacks, and have a good selection of ales and ciders. A cut above your usual chain-owned pub in London. It's small and cosy and well looked after.
Weekday lunch set menu offers good value for money, too.
Lovely little place tucked away from the masses.
I have judged many a place before on the quality of it's chips and the queen's arms passes with flying colours.
Tidy little pies, fat crispy chips, nice beer and a lovely atmosphere - highly recommended indeed!
We visited the Queens Arms in early May on our way to a concert at the Royal Albert Hall. It was very early evening.
This is a very busy traditional pub set in a quiet mews. The pub offers a good range of cask ales including the excellent Fullers London Pride. We ordered a pint of prawns to share, followed by lentil & spinach burger which comes with chips. The food was excellent apart from the burger bun, which was one of those dense and tasteless American style white bread burger buns - a choice of wholemeal bun would have been good. The service was friendly and efficient. It was very reasonably priced.
popped in here for Sunday lunch before heading to the albert hall. If its a proper Sunday roast you are after, do not go here. It was pre-cooked food, reheated. Never a good sign when it comes out the kitchen 3 minutes after you order. The beef was clearly not just carved and both meals were luke warm.
This pub would be fine for an outdoor after work drink in the summer, but in the winter it is cold and pretty unwelcoming. There are much nicer and cosier pubs in this part of the world.
This was the first pub I ever went to in London and from just the looks alone, it didn't disappoint me. Located down a mews, it is really quaint and the inside is welcoming and comfortable.
I haven't tried their food but they have a good range of cider on tap and in the winter they have the best ever mulled cider.
Delicious pork & chorizo burger! And the fries were crispy. Nice gastropub that won't break the bank. Definitely recommend for a quick meal and a pint!
Closest pub to my flat. Good selection of real ales. Tried the steak and ale pie and quite liked it, although the portion was smaller than my appetite.
I'll be back again regularly. Nice feel.
Arrived in London yesterday, and a friend who is a local suggested we meet for lunch here. I got some very nice, lightly battered haddock and chips, and they had a good selection of beers on tap frolm many countries. I opted for the German hefeweizen. There were a lot of men in suits... seems like people on their lunch break, as opposed to tourists. It was a good place to meet and have a conversation over a beer in the afternoon.
Crowded but friendly little pub, with good service. My fish and chips were lovely, and they had my favorite beer on tap. A great place to go on your way to or from a concert at Royal Albert Hall.
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