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The Drayton Arms

153 Old Brompton Road | South Kensington, London SW5 0LJ, England (Knightsbridge / South Kensington)
+44 20 7835 2301
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Ranked #3,268 of 16,942 restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $15 - $27
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Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Outdoor seating, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Neighborhood: Knightsbridge / South Kensington
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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76% Recommend
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English first
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW via mobile

Hoping to spend a relaxing evening with some upscale pub food we decided to dine at Drayton Arms. The menu looked promising but didn't deliver. We had reserved a table in advance for 3 people and were given a very small round table, despite the fact that there were larger tables available which hadn't been reserved. We placed our food... More

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Beirut, Lebanon
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27 reviews 27 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

Visited this pub with colleagues. The ambiance is excellent, with outside seating area, great for smoking lovers. Location is excellent. Waiters and service are average. pricy pub.

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London, United Kingdom
3 reviews 3 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

If you want to try best fish & chips, visit this amazing place! After visiting Natural History Museum with some relatives from abroad, their wish to try some traditional fish & chips, was led by Google search to Drayton Arms. Loved the place!!!! Its just in the middle of nice quite neighborhood, not too many people, light and bright interior... More

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London, United Kingdom
15 reviews 15 reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

Drayton Arms is often a pleasure in this part of London and always wonderful when the cosy theatre upstairs has a performance, sometimes from student actors, such as last weeks brilliant and moving Merchant of Venice with some of the cast playing a couple of parts including always riveting 'Shylock' and the court speeches. Dinner optional. Speechless.

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Senior Contributor
46 reviews 46 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

We chose to have a late Sunday lunch here before going to the Royal Albert Hall for an evening concert. We arrived at 4.00 pm. and it took about half an hour for our starters to arrive and a further half an hour for the main course. We found the staff friendly and liked the relaxed atmosphere, but given that... More

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Wakefield, MA
19 reviews 19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

Went here for a "proper Sunday roast" dinner over the weekend. The food was good but both bar and dinner service was slow. We didn't get seated at a table so needed to order directly from the bar. It was a full 10 minutes for the bartender to take my order, pour a glass of wine and make one drink.... More

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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65 reviews 65 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

We had a good meal here. The fish and chips were a little greasy but the chicken and chips were great. The environment was inviting. Easy walk from our hotel by the Gloucester tube station. I'd go again.

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

Hi SusieFromMN Thank you for your kind review of the pub. I'm glad you enjoyed your time with us and our southern Fried Chicken, apologies for the fish being a little greasy though - its certainly not supposed to be like that and I have passed that feedback onto our kitchen team. I hope we can welcome you back again... More

Top Contributor
82 reviews 82 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014

This is a busy pub in a lively part of London. It has a very pleasant atmosphere with a very varied clientele. Staff are pleasant and efficient. There are plenty of seats and tables. I ate here a couple of times with a business friend and the food is good too. Drinks prices are normal for London, but a bit... More

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

Hi Malpoet Thank you taking the time to review our pub. I have passed your comments onto the team. Many thanks, Leigh Phillips General Manager More

Conway, MA
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68 reviews 68 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

We have been eating at The Drayton Arms for many years on twice annual trips to England. The staff has always been courteous and helpful, and the cask ales on offer delicious. The menu is varied and tasty. There are vegetarian options, too. We have tasted many things they have on offer, and will certainly return again next trip.

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

Hi the2vus Thank you for your lovely review. Its good to hear that having visited us regularly over the years you have found our service and staff have been consistently up to scratch, I have passed your kind comments onto the team. If you are planning a future trip we have an exciting new range of craft beers being installed... More

Highland Park, Illinois
2 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

During a recent holiday in London with my family, we happened upon the Drayton Arms at the end of the block on which we were staying in South Kensington. The staff, in particular Michaela and Phoebe, could not have been any friendlier. Whether it was assisting my daughter in finding an alternative to her favorite Czech beer or helping my... More

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

Hi Mark S Thank you so much for your lovely feedback, I have passed on your comments to Michaela and Phoebe who both remembered you and your family. I'm glad you enjoyed our food and beer selection and enjoyed the atmosphere and the service. I do hope we can welcome you all back again in the future. Many thanks Leigh... More

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