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The Builders Arms

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South Kensington
British, Pub, Gastropub, Eclectic
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1 Kensington Court Place, London W8 5BJ, England
02079 376 213
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11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 10:00 am - 10:30 pm
Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Reservations
Description: Based within the well-heeled Kensington area, The Builders Arms in London...
Based within the well-heeled Kensington area, The Builders Arms in London serves time-honoured British fare in quirky, contemporary surroundings. A kalaeidoscope of colours floods through the bohemian-style bar, whilst white-washed brickwork and a vaulted skylight ceiling adds to the dining area's aesthetic appeal.
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  • 29
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  • 29
    Very good
  • 11
    Average
  • 6
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  • 5
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Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great neighborhood pub

A warm and comfortable spot with better than average pub food. Quirky and eclectic interior with mismatched tables and chairs adds to the overall ambience. A nice upscale menu with good quality food- offering fish and chips or something a bit more refined like salmon cakes. The service is lovely... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 4, 2015
lisa h
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New York City, New York
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English first
London, United Kingdom
Contributor
20 reviews 20 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW via mobile

Our group of six booked for a Saturday night at 7pm. As we walked in it was quite noisy. The Manager, sensing we required a quiet corner of the pub found one for us. The food was as exceptional as the service. The waiters were good humoured and attentive without being obtrusive. Excellent value for money. We will definitely be... More 

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Hong Kong
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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

Sunday roast lunch - food took 35 mins to arrive, which when we asked where our food was we were told "it takes 30 mins - didn't your server tell you?". Well, no they didn't. The service was poor - you know that constant battle to try and get someone to look in your direction/ clear your plates. The roast... More 

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Bullion, France
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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

Great place to go to in Kensington area, good beers with regular changes. Good atmosphere, friendly staff and good crowd. Quiet neighborhood yet close to Kens. High St. Highly recommended!

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New York City, New York
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46 reviews 46 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

A warm and comfortable spot with better than average pub food. Quirky and eclectic interior with mismatched tables and chairs adds to the overall ambience. A nice upscale menu with good quality food- offering fish and chips or something a bit more refined like salmon cakes. The service is lovely and you are never rushed. Sunday roast is always good.

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London
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18 reviews 18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

Just great! The staff were attentive and helpful bringing water for our dog as well as being patient with our toddler and dog runnjng amok during our time there. Food was lovely and for the area very well priced. Highly recommended all round. Beer was also good with smaller brewers beer on tap.

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New York
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30 reviews 30 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

Was looking an authentic pub in Kensington near Kensington Palace. Given no one lives in Kensington anymore (seems flat/houses are owned by foreigners who rarely, if ever, visit) few pubs remain. Was very pleased to find this one. Spread out tables, very good choice of beers. Limited but good menu. Been twice in 2 months now. Had the fried chicken... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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34 reviews 34 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

Had dinner here with a friend who lives in London on a Friday night. I had a vegetarian tart for the main course and it was delicious - we also had some sweet potato fry appetizer that was tasty. We were able to snag a corner table and, while it's very lively, we were actually able to hear each other... More 

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Columbus, Ohio
Top Contributor
66 reviews 66 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

This place is right in our neighborhood and our favorite Sunday lunch. If you plan to go on Sunday, book ahead, as it often is full and people can't find seating. Both the pork and the beef are seriously good. It's got a great, cozy atmosphere and the food is delicious. They have a great selection of beers as well.

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Hamilton, VA
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87 reviews 87 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

On the advice of our hotel doorman, we opted for an early afternoon pint and nibble at The Builders Arms on Kensington Court. Located on a rather quiet street corner in south Kensington, it looks the part of a neighborhood pub. An awning covers a large patio for warm weather drinking and dining. The large bar room boasts both large... More 

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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

We stayed on Launceston Place over Christmas week. We tried Builder's twice-once for lunch on a rainy Boxing Day and then for Sunday roast. We had great experiences both times, the first time with a party of 6. Good selection of the usual beers plus some unique beers, along with wine. Both times, the meals were good (winter vegetable tart,... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1 Kensington Court Place, London W8 5BJ, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > South Kensington
  • Neighborhood: South Kensington
  • Phone Number: 02079 376 213

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 11 - 24
  • Cuisine: British, Pub, Gastropub, Eclectic

Description

Based within the well-heeled Kensington area, The Builders Arms in London serves time-honoured British fare in quirky, contemporary surroundings. A kalaeidoscope of colours floods through the bohemian-style bar, whilst white-washed brickwork and a vaulted skylight ceiling adds to the dining area's aesthetic appeal.
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 10:30 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
10:00 am - 11:00 pm

Questions & Answers

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Neighborhood Profile
South Kensington
With its ivied mews, row upon row of Poppins-esque white washed mansions, and placid garden squares, it's easy to see the charms of South Kensington. And with superb access to Hyde Park, Holland Park and Kensington Gardens, as well as the largely child-friendly and mostly free Museum Quarter (not to mention more major attractions like Royal Albert Hall) such charms are easy to make the most of. As welcoming and cosmopolitan as it is reserved and residential, South Kensington is always a hit with visitors.
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