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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 #5,021 of 17,150 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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73% Recommend
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English first
London, UK
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

Now this has become my local, it's a great buzzing London pub with amazingly friendly staff and fantastic range of wine and beer. This part of Old Brompton Road does become very busy and buzzing in the evening, specially over the weekend. It's a great place for a drink.

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11 reviews 11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

Fair prices, down-to-earth staff and nice selection of beer and spirits. Doesn't get too crowded or rowdy so it's a good place to go with friends and have a relaxed drink.

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Englishman in Puerto Barrios
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Ordered salmon fish cakes with potato wedges, fish cakes were ok but potato was still raw, inedible. Friend had the same and couldn't eat her potatoes. My partner had the burger with chips, firstly they got the order wrong and had to take it back to the bar. The replacement came out and the bun wasn't a brioche bun, was... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Went to have a meal and some drinks after work. Atmosphere was fantastic but there was only two members of staff behind bar taking orders for food and drinks. They were doing their best they could but clearly they were unable to cope. After waiting 20 mins to be served I asked to see the manager but the TWO bar... More

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London, United Kingdom
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Attended an afternoon birthday celebration with friends. Leigh who manages the Drayton personally oversaw the event which was a fantastic success. The bar service was excellent and attentive, tables dressed with balloons and food (nibbles) arrived on time for 40 guests. Nice local pub with a welcoming atmosphere. Jessica R

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Peoria, Illinois
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25 reviews 25 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Made a reservation for 8 people in June - pub wasn't busy so it would not have been necessary. I can't say enough poor about this establishment. One member of our party ordered a salad and asked for no anchovies but got them anyway. She pointed out the problem, and the salad returned a few minutes later still with anchovies... More

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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 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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36 reviews 36 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

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
9 helpful votes 9 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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