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The Builders Arms

#2,990 of 17,159 Restaurants in London
#3,197 of 18,038 Places to Eat in London
Certificate of Excellence
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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: Lunch, Dinner, Drinks, 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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  • 33
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  • 31
    Very good
  • 12
    Average
  • 7
    Poor
  • 5
    Terrible
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
Very good food - hugely improved

This pub has been around for well over a century as the photographs inside attest, but in recent years it has had several reincarnations with changes of owners and managers and most notably changes of menu and chefs. The 2015 edition of the Builders Arms is a welcome improvement to recent previous... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 24, 2015
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Senior Contributor
40 reviews 40 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

This pub has been around for well over a century as the photographs inside attest, but in recent years it has had several reincarnations with changes of owners and managers and most notably changes of menu and chefs. The 2015 edition of the Builders Arms is a welcome improvement to recent previous years in every sense. It is now back... More 

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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

For me this was a trip down memory lane - I worked in this pub in the summer of 1977. The pub decor is thankfully updated and on early Friday evening there was a great buzz in the place as it was filling up with groups who had pre booked tables. Luckily I got a table. The menu is interesting... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

Nice food. Nice drinks. Nice hidden location. Very good service. Perfect for summer. Definitely a good place to spend your afternoon with your friends.

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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

Visited for a small birthday on a Saturday afternoon. Atmosphere was pleasant enough as were the staff. But the food sucked. Between us we had many different plates. The sausage & mash sausages were burnt beyond recognition (and taste). The Caesar salad was swimming in sauce. The fish burger was more batter than fish. The steak sandwich was bland...etc etc.... More 

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32 reviews 32 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

I ate here based on a recommendation from a colleague and were delighted with the food. The drinks were also varied and delightful. I would recommend everything I tried including the mushroom toast appetizer, risotto and fish and chips. The ambience is great, but not for conversing as it can get very loud.

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London, England, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

Great for drinks after work and on the weekends with friends. Young crowd (university students)band bar cooked food is disappointing and overpriced.

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Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

Visited this pub on the day of the boat race so a few of the tables were reserved, but me and my friends had no problem finding a spare table. Seemed to have a quite friendly and relaxed atmosphere and they had a nice selection of beers on tap - I recommend the blanche de bruxelles. Overall, definitely worth a... More 

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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015 via mobile

This place was booked for us for new year. Just out of town and not too busy We decided to try it out a few days before to see what the food was like as we didnt want to be dissapointed on new year. We were all very impressed.. So much so that we ate there most nights. Great staff!... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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7 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

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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7 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

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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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

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  • 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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