Kensington bars and pubs range from quaint old fashioned pubs hidden away on quiet streets with garden squares to sleek, contemporary bars with heart-stoppingly high prices. Our list of recommended bars in Kensington combine the finest service with unique features including excellent live music, delicious cocktails, real ale and outdoor gardens so you'll never be left wandering aimlessly around Kensington bars trying to find one to suit your mood.
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With its fine food, interesting décor, warm atmosphere and comprehensive drinks, it comes as little surprise that The Abingdon is a success story in this upscale neighbourhood.
54 Abingdon Road, Kensington, London, W8 6AP
(020) 7937 3339
The Admiral Codrington on Mossop Street has delightful interior design touches and the restaurant has a unique roof open to the skies during the summer.
17 Mossop Street, Chelsea, London, SW3 2LY
(020) 7581 0005
Upmarket as only a pub in South Kensington could be, the Anglesea Arms still retains the lively atmosphere of a bustling pub.
15 Selwood Terrace, South Kensington, London, SW7 3QG
(020) 7373 7960
This wine bar set in The Royal Albert Hall is brought to the area by the famous wine merchants Berry Bros and Rudd.
The Royal Albert Hall, Basement, South Kensington, London, SW7 2AP
020 759 8212
Basement, 11 Russell Gardens, Off Holland Road, Holland Park, London, W14 8EZ
0203 858 0184
blagclub Kensington is a boutique basement club on Russell Gardens. Characterised by its sublime classic decor and deep seated booths, it provides a salubrious, private night club experience.
The Britannia, a modernised pub located just a few moments away from Kensington High Street, is a little reinvented gem.
1 Allen Street, Kensington, London, W8 6UX
(020) 7937 6905
A traditional and refined pub on Kensington Church Street, it's unlikely that the Churchill Arms will ever change.
119 Kensington Church Street, Kensington, London, W8 7LN
(020) 7727 4242
The Devonshire Arms is a traditional type of establishment with a contemporary edge, serving a range of classic dishes on an extensive food menu. An outdoor area is available for the good weather and dogs are permitted.
37 Marloes Road, Kensington, London, W8 6LA
(020) 7937 0710
Dirty Bones is a quirky venue in Kensington that offers a variety of dishes including cheeseburger dumplings; grilled chicken & kale salad; beef short rib; and much more. On the drinks menu, expect a varied choice of signature cocktails, wines, beers and shakes.
20 Kensington Church Street, Kensington, London, W8 4EP
(020) 3019 9061
This is a very trendy little bar with a nod to kitsch, to be found in the bowels of the Brompton Hotel.
Brompton Hotel, 30 Old Brompton Road, South Kensington, London, SW7 3DL
(020) 7581 3160
The Kensington Wine Rooms comprises a wine bar, restaurant and shop, and allows you to experience a do-it-yourself wine tasting tour, fantastic service and a surprisingly informal atmosphere.
127-129 Kensington Church Street, Kensington, London, W8 7LP
(020) 7727 8142
At the Min Jiang Bar you can choose from an extensive list of wines, cocktails and rare Chinese teas.
Royal Garden Hotel , 2-24 Kensington High Street, Kensington, London, W8 4PT
(020) 7361 1988
Are you one of the many Londoners lamenting the disappearance of piano bars? Well there's one here on High Street Kensington. They'll cheer you up. Excellent venue with talented musicians and a friendly ambience guarenteed.
106 High Street Kensington, South Kensington, London, W8 4SG
(020) 7938 4664
The Milestone Hotel, 1 Kensington Court, Kensington, London, W8 5DL
(020) 7917 1000
The Stables Bar within the Milestone Hotel is an intimate and cosy bar to meet friends and unwind. A selection of drinks are available alongside modern British bar food.
The gastropub boom of recent years has been a hit-and-miss affair but chalk a victory up to this classic Kennington foodie haven.
67-69 Kennington Road, Kennington, London, SE1 7PZ
(020) 7928 5974
The legendary Troubadour was established in 1954. In the Cafe they offer classic English breakfasts, delicious lunches and dinner.
263-267 Old Brompton Road, Earls Court, London, SW5 9JA
Below the cafe is the Troubadour club which has seen the likes of Bob Dylan in 1962, Adele in 2006 and other up-and-coming singer-songwriters.
(020) 7370 1434
A beautifully preserved pub from the 19th century on Campden Hill Road. Perfect for a quiet afternoon with The Daily Telegraph and a pint.
114 Campden Hill Road, Holland Park, London, W8 7AR
(020) 7243 8797