A proper old time pub in a charming little part of Mayfair.
Shepherds Market is a lovely little tucked away world in the heart of Mayfair. Entering from Curzon Street is like entering Diagon Alley in Harry Potter - you pass through a narrow little passage and a whole neighbourhood opens up with restaurants, shops and some proper pubs like the Kings Arms.
The pub is spread over two floors with a bar on each - the queue is likely to be shorter upstairs, so head there. Solid dark beams hold up the ceiling with rippling plastered walls and a row of windows that look down into the square below.
The Kings Arms has an unpretentious feel. The staff greet you warmly and can pull a good pint - plus there are enough of them to keep things running along nicely. There is a mixed crowd of older people in suits and younger student types in jeans. Both groups are oblivious to the other. It makes for a warm, open-to-all atmosphere.
There are appetising and affordable daily specials, plus a full menu with something to cater to all tastes. Prices are very reasonable with nothing over a tenner - great for when there is more month than paycheque left.
The Kings Arms has proper pints, including Spitfire and London Pride ale, and Heineken and Stella. Wine drinkers have a decent and well-priced list to choose from with the best bottle under 25 quid. Spirits are in abundance for highball drinkers.
The Last Word
The Kings Arms is a good solid pub in a bang-up location.