As close to Pimlico tube as is feasibly possible, the Gallery is a pleasant pub that’s popular with local residents and after work drinkers.
Though the pub’s location is ridiculously close to the tube station, it is surprisingly more peaceful than you might expect. The exterior harks back to old-fashioned pubs, a time when pride in the hanging flower baskets was key to a pub’s facade. The colourful array of fresh flowers signals a well looked after pub, and the interior mostly lives up to this. With the standard heavy, floral print curtains and carpets, the rest of the pub is quite light and refreshing. Pale walls, small antique lights and a wooden panelled bar help create a cosy atmosphere. A few nice touches are dotted around in little nooks and crannies, such as a shelf crammed with second hand books, antique vases, as well as delicate watercolour paintings scattered over the walls.
Avoiding the dimness of your average pub decor, the Gallery also avoids any clichés when it comes to its audience. There are the few old men regulars who frequent the pub during the day, but they have a slightly smarter, more friendly look about them than your average pub-goers. A few workers in the area know this place well and think of it as their favourite and, somehow, even though its location is so obvious, it never becomes too busy or rowdy. Instead it remains relaxing and relatively serene, with a low hum of chatter. The staff are very amiable and instantly make you feel welcome even if you’re not a familiar face.
For around £3.40 a pint you can get a decent selection on tap, such as London Pride, Suffolk and Exmoor ales; Heineken, Becks, Kronenbourg, Bulmers, Grolsch and Fosters for lagers and ciders. For bigger groups of people, the bar offers 4-pint jugs on selected lager for £12.50 and ale for £11, plus for the more sophisticated crowd, a simple selection of cocktails sold at £5 each.
The Last Word
For a dependable pub seconds away from the station, the Gallery is a reliable, trusty pub for a relaxing pint.