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The Drayton Arms

#5,721 of 18,305 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence
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South Kensington
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153 Old Brompton Road | South Kensington, London SW5 0LJ, England
+44 20 7835 2301
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Description: The Drayton Arms Dining and Theatre is an eclectic mix of trusty local...
The Drayton Arms Dining and Theatre is an eclectic mix of trusty local pub, stylish South Kensington nightspot and fabulous fringe Theatre. As sunlight floods through our floor to ceiling windows, soak up the imposing Jacobean features with a pint of real ale or over our hangover-busting brunch. On Saturday night, trade in your pint for a Cosmopolitan and embrace the sophistication of our prestigious postcode with laidback aplomb. Upstairs you will find a cosy 50 seat fringe theatre, with delightful shows every day including old favourites, new writing, cabaret and comedy.
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Good for:
Romance
Bar scene
Outdoor seating
Special occasions
Breakfast/Brunch
Lunch
Dinner
Reservations
Late Night
Dessert

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  • 28
    Excellent
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    Very good
  • 13
    Average
  • 7
    Poor
  • 9
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Good honest pub grub in a cosy atmosphere

I booked this place based on trip advisor reviews as it was close to somewhere we were visiting with my parents. From the outside I was a little unsure, but as soon as we got inside, we were given a very warm welcome and found some seats near the fire. The menu is good honest British pub grub... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 22, 2015
Kate R
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Bar scene
  • Outdoor seating
  • Special occasions
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 NEW

I booked this place based on trip advisor reviews as it was close to somewhere we were visiting with my parents. From the outside I was a little unsure, but as soon as we got inside, we were given a very warm welcome and found some seats near the fire. The menu is good honest British pub grub and we... More 

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

Although the night we went was quiet we could see the type of place this is on a busier night. The menu is good pub fayre, tasty with some classics and some unusual dishes. The service was great , very friendly and the food tasty, the assorted mushrooms on toast particularly good. Very good beer/ale selection with some unusual craft... More 

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Buckingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

Eleven of us went to see "Letters from Everyone" in the Drayton Theatre after a great meal in the restaurant bar. Excellent food and drink, convivial atmosphere, prompt attentive service by Willow and then a fantastic play in the theatre upstairs. More drinks afterwards to discuss the play!

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

Spent New Years Eve 2014 at the Drayton Arms, had a fantastic evening, great food, theatre show then fab dj to end the night. Really loved the decor and staff were really helpful. Been here a couple of time before and spending New years here was a great idea, I would recommend this to friends and would certainly come back.

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LeighP73, General Manager at The Drayton Arms, responded to this review

Dear Vallyk11 Thank you so much for taking the time to review your recent visit to the Drayton Arms. I am so glad that you had a great time on NYE and that you enjoyed our party. I do hope that we can welcome you back here again soon All the best Leigh Phillips General Manager More 

Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

What really attracted us to spend our New Year's Eve at Drayton Arms was the live jazz, four course meal and cabaret, all on offer for £55. We were impressed with the excellent value. Drayton is a really good quality London pub oozing with character, with a real fire and, given the time of year, sumptuous Christmas decorations. The classy... More 

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LeighP73, General Manager at The Drayton Arms, responded to this review

Dear HM J Thank you for taking the time to review our pub and theatre and for your kind comments. I'm really glad that you enjoyed our NYE party, the meal and the show upstairs. I do hope we can welcome you back here again soon. All the best Leihg Phillips General Manager More 

Jenkintown, Pennsylvania
Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

We came here by the recommendation of our local friend. They had called ahead of time and thought they made a reservation, but when we got there, they didn't have anything on file. They put our names in for 30 minutes later, and it worked out fine. Had a nice bloody Mary by the fire while we waited for our... More 

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LeighP73, General Manager at The Drayton Arms, responded to this review

Dear Liz H Thank you so much for taking the time to review your visit to the Drayton Arms. I'm so glad that you enjoyed one of our delicious bloody Marys and our cosy open fire, and that you enjoyed your meal. I do hope you will visit here again soon. All the best Leigh Phillips General Manager More 

London, United Kingdom
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

I went there on a Saturday evening for the first time a couple of weeks ago with some friends. The atmosphere was nice and pleasant, I particually liked the fact that this pub does not have any big screens showing sports or beefy bouncers on the door. The drinks list was very good, with many different kinds to choose from.... More 

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LeighP73, General Manager at The Drayton Arms, responded to this review

Dear Bobby C, Thank you for taking the time to review the Drayton Arms. I am glad you enjoyed your time here, our great selection of drinks and our Saturday night DJ (he plays every week from 8pm until midnight and 1am once per month, so do pop in again if you are in the area!). I hope we can... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014 via mobile

Good food, great atmosphere, and awesome service. Our server, Willow, was so sweet. Definitely a get place to grab a drink and a bite to eat if you're in the neighborhood.

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LeighP73, General Manager at The Drayton Arms, responded to this review

Dear Allie S Thank you for taking the time to review the Drayton Arms. I am so glad that you had a good time here and I will pass on your kind compliments to Willow. I do hope we can welcome you back here again soon Kind regards Leigh Phillips General Manager More 

London, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

The food was ok, nothing to say about that. However unfortunately it was an unpleasant experience because of the poor service. We ordered our food and it came 45 minutes after. The staff kept on saying they were extremely busy despite the place not being full. Two of our friends came late and they were told they could not order... More 

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LeighP73, General Manager at The Drayton Arms, responded to this review

Dear Maury C Thank you for taking the time to review the Drayton Arms. I'm glad that your food was OK but I am I'm so sorry that the rest of your experience was not great. We take all feedback seriously and I will pass on your comments to the team. Thank you once again for your review. Kind regards... More 

London, United Kingdom
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

Went there for the first time to have few drinks with my friends. Location is very nice and inside the pub is very cute and warm. Many different kind of drinks. we were sitting by the fire which was super cozy. stuff was super friendly and made this place be one of the best ones i have ever been to!... More 

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LeighP73, General Manager at The Drayton Arms, responded to this review

Dear Felix C Thank you for taking the time to review the Drayton Arms. I am so glad that you liked our cosy little pub and that the team made you feel welcome. I will pass on your compliments to them. I do hope we can welcome you back here again soon. All the best Leigh Phillips General Manager More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 153 Old Brompton Road | South Kensington, London SW5 0LJ, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > South Kensington
  • Neighborhood: South Kensington
  • Phone Number: +44 20 7835 2301

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 14 - 25

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Outdoor seating, Special occasions

Description

The Drayton Arms Dining and Theatre is an eclectic mix of trusty local pub, stylish South Kensington nightspot and fabulous fringe Theatre. As sunlight floods through our floor to ceiling windows, soak up the imposing Jacobean features with a pint of real ale or over our hangover-busting brunch. On Saturday night, trade in your pint for a Cosmopolitan and embrace the sophistication of our prestigious postcode with laidback aplomb. Upstairs you will find a cosy 50 seat fringe theatre, with delightful shows every day including old favourites, new writing, cabaret and comedy.

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