A beautiful gastro pub with charm, good cocktails and celebrity punters to boot, The Hollywood Arms is worth the journey into deepest, darkest Chelsea.
Since this is a nice, classy pub in SW10, it's unsurprising that The Hollywood Arms has popped up in Channel 4 reality TV show Made In Chelsea - and it isn't afraid to boast about it on its website. You really can't blame the likes of Spencer Matthews and Millie Mackintosh for propping up the bar here though; if this were your local you'd be feeling pretty smug. About a ten-minute walk from the nearest tube station (not bad for Chelsea, where everything is usually miles from civilisation), The Hollywood Arms is just off Fulham Road on a quiet, leafy street full of restaurants, bars and spas. Inside is a beautifully decorated, light and airy space that looks anything but a 140-year-old pub. Thoroughly modern and quirky, with outdoorsy, nature-inspired decor (and lots of very large clocks), it feels more east London than south west, but with that Chelsea decadence.
On a lazy afternoon this is the perfect place to sink into a sofa with a bottle of wine and never leave. It's one of the few pubs where, on a sunny day, you'll avoid the outdoor seating simply because inside is too pretty and cosy to resist. There's a varied but chilled background soundtrack playing, which sets the tone for the relaxed vibe in The Hollywood Arms. Staff are really friendly too.
There's a nice, mostly British menu on offer with the likes of grilled English asparagus (£7), cockle popcorn (£6) and beer battered fish and chips (£13). There's also a Sunday roast available from £15.
A small coke will set you back a whopping £2.50 – pricey, even for this area. The rest of the drinks menu isn't quite as steep, thankfully. A small house wine costs £4.30 and cocktails range between £7.50 (Mojito, Negroni, Cosmopolitan) and £8 (Hollywood Star and Chelsea vs Hoxton). Beers on tap include Guinness, Heineken and Fosters.
The Last Word
It's lucky they serve dinner here because after a couple of drinks you probably won't want to leave. There's such a lovely, bright and breezy atmosphere that you might need those giant clocks to remind you to go home.