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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 #2,715 of 16,877 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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English first
London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014 NEW

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
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14 reviews 14 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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bedfordshire
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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
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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

Wirral
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82 reviews 82 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 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

London, United Kingdom
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121 reviews 121 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
221 helpful votes 221 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

Staff weren't great, chattinh amongst themselves and generally taking no notice of the customers but the place itself was very nice (it even has a theatre upstairs too!) Food was bit a pricey for the size of portions but tasty 3 real ales to choose from again well kept and clean and tidy. Certainly worth a visit

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

Hi GarmischP Thanks for taking the time to review the Drayton. I'm glad you enjoyed the pub, food and our range of ales and recommended us to others. I have discussed your feedback about the chatting with the team as this should not have been happening, my apologies for this. I do hope we can welcome you back again soon.... More

Caerleon, United Kingdom
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67 reviews 67 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

Visited as a party of 6 for food on a Saturday night. Excellent menu choice and good selection of beers. Our meals did not all arrive together but that was because our waitress was having to do everything including mopping the floors, clear the tables, take drink orders and bring food out. So thank you Willow for doing your best!... More

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

Hi InspectorCalls Thank you for your kind review, I will pass your compliments on to Willow and the Kitchen team, I'm glad you enjoyed our sharing dessert too, it is rather tasty! I hope we can welcome you back if you are visiting London again Kind regards Leigh Phillips General Manager More

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