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Hoop & Toy

#10,983 of 19,036 Restaurants in London
$$ - $$$, British,
34 Thurloe Place | South Kensington, London SW7 2HQ, England
+44 20 7589 8360
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  • Excellent16%
  • Very good35%
  • Average22%
  • Poor12%
  • Terrible15%
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Bar, British, Pub
PRICE
$$ - $$$
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34 Thurloe Place | South Kensington, London SW7 2HQ, England
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1 - 10 of 205 reviews

Reviewed October 6, 2018

For South Kensington it is not a nice pub. Can't say the crowd was impressive either. I was desperate for a drink so went in. The pub feels run down, not attractive at all, and it is also dirty. Keep it old fashioned but it...More

1  Thank john a
Reviewed September 27, 2018 via mobile

Yes, at your own. Nice place full of youngsters, university people. Vibrant, full of life as expected. Kitchen close early, so after 8::30 pm, don’t expect to taste the burgers or the fish and chips. You have to order directly from bar, then sit. So,...More

Thank DrLUNIGA
Reviewed September 23, 2018

For a pub in South Kensington (a tourist hub of London) on a Saturday night with one of the biggest, most looked forward to, boxing bouts of the year (Joshua Vs. Povetkin) on, the service was sub-par. 1 person was serving whilst the bar was...More

Thank SGriffen
Reviewed September 22, 2018 via mobile

So we were curious about this pub. Our hotel was diagonally across the street and every evening this place had people outside from being full inside. So we decided to give it a go on a Sunday. It was interesting, typical bar but had a...More

Thank MrsBGray
Reviewed September 19, 2018 via mobile

This pub isn’t offering what they are promising on their website, which is broadcasting football matches for EVERY ONE. 10 minutes before the match we were watching was finished (Champions League) the manager decided to switch to another match, a game of BRITISH football clubs....More

Thank KVB888
Reviewed September 19, 2018 via mobile

Came here to watch a football match that they advertised showing. All was well until i saw a mouse come out of the kitchen. The pubic hair in my pint glass was a bit more serious though. I complained to no avail. At that moment...More

Thank Francis v
Reviewed September 3, 2018

Stopped in thinking this was a nice little pub. Loud place, rude staff, totally ignored us. A sign says there's seating upstairs. Guess they meant in the bathroom. Left after 5 minutes. Don't waste your time.

Thank LynneS_NY
Reviewed August 28, 2018

Closest pub to Royal Albert Hall in South Kensington. A Greene King pub, so don't expect any real ale miracles here - but keep in mind that pubs are few and far between in this residential area; the nearest one is the Zetland Arms, also...More

Thank thomasmG7353YY
Reviewed August 8, 2018 via mobile

We’ve been before and it was a bit grotty and run down but the service was great so we went again. Wow what a change, the decor is lovely and the place looks so much better and the service was still great as well. Pity...More

Thank Dis4daddy
Reviewed August 4, 2018 via mobile

Over the past couple of years, I was noticing that this pub, which I always go to after the Proms, was going down hill a bit. I was glad to see that it is improving again - when I visited last night, it looked like...More

Thank Vinpin77
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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
...More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
$18 - $19
Cuisine
Bar, British, Pub
Meals
Lunch, Drinks
Restaurant features
Television, Buffet, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi
Good for
Bar scene
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Monday
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Tuesday
12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Wednesday
12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Thursday
12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Friday
12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Saturday
12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 34 Thurloe Place | South Kensington, London SW7 2HQ, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > South Kensington
  • Neighborhood: South Kensington
  • Phone Number: +44 20 7589 8360
Description
It is the oldest established pub in this area of Knightsbridge dating back almost 500 years with it being licenced premises since 1760, formerly called the Hoops and Grapes. It has played host to royalty and film stars alike as Lord Rothschild entertained both George III and George IV and the pub itself featured in a Roman Polanski film. When the first London congestion charge came into force in 1796, the owner built another pub just 1 mile up the road in Knightsbridge called The Bunch of Grapes, and as such changed the name of the pub. The renamed Hoop and Toy now had an added stable to look after commuters’ horses for the day, to avoid the daily charge levied at the Brompton Gate where the Victoria & Albert Museum stands today. The 'Toy' is symbolic of a rum soaked leather bound peg which could be placed in a horse's mouth to stop it grinding its teeth or biting its gums. The original building suffered fire damage in an incident that started at a bakery just three doors east of the pub, and was re-opened at great expense by the new owner Lord Rothschild in 1885. It had many high class patrons including two King George's. The current building dates back to just after World War II as much of this area suffered damage from bombing raids as can be seen from the museum walls along Exhibition Road. The Hoop and Toy’s basement is claimed to be haunted. The story goes that it was formerly part of a grave site. The bodies of Priests were said to be bound and entombed in the underlays of the building. When the tube stations were built, the railway workers disturbed their graves, and subsequently their route to the monasteries and Churches in London were obstructed. As a result, the souls of the priests wonder the pub, creeping up and down the stairs as they attempt to find an alternative route to their places of worship. In later years, the pub was featured in several brief scenes in the classic 1960’s film ‘Repulsion’. The traditional decor is enhanced by old books, rustic ornaments and framed prints and cartoons. The Hoop & Toy offers a comfortable, relaxing and friendly place to have something to drink and eat for both locals and tourists. It is so convenient for all the museums in the South Kensington area you can even view the domed façade of the Victoria & Albert museum from its doorstep. The area has also been home to well-known people from the past included Howard Carter who discovered the tomb of Tutankhamun, poet T S Elliot and renowned film maker Alfred Hitchcock.
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