Rum Kitchen

Bars and pubs , Cocktail bars Soho
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The original Rum Kitchen opened in early 2013 in the island paradise of Westbourne near Portobello Road, and was an immediate hit with the sort of locals who were probably reminded of their last holiday in the Turks and Caicos Islands: Prince Harry and his pal Cressida Bonas were snapped loitering outside. It’s Caribbean for the loafers-and-gilet set, for sure, but it’s a lot of fun, especially the basement bar.

And now it’s washed up in Kingly Court just off Carnaby Street, in a much more compact space. Also making the hop from W11 are the carefully distressed driftwood, the don’t-worry-be-happy slogans on the walls, the fancied-up versions of Caribbean classics on the food menu (saltfish fritters, jerk chicken wings, curry mutton, roti) and the all-rum cocktails (we particularly enjoyed the disturbingly named Lesser of Two Weevils, an easy-drinking mix of Red Stripe ginger beer shandy, rum, lime and bitters). If you’re planning on weighing anchor here for a spot of grog, however, take heed: this Rum Kitchen is more ‘kitchen’ than ‘rum’ – the drinking area is small, seating only a few at the bar. Which is a shame – rum + reggae = a surefire way to brighten up a dreary February in Soho.

Venue name: Rum Kitchen
Address: First Floor, Kingly Court
Opening hours: Mon - Thurs: 12PM - Midnight Fri - Sat: 12PM - 12:30AM Sun: 12PM - 11PM
Transport: Oxford Circus tube
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2.6 / 5

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Laura B

Visited on a busy Friday night. Food is packed with flavour - just as you'd expect. Lots of spice and heat and it really gets the taste buds going. Service was ok but to have a conversation involved yelling and was all a bit headache-inducing so rather than hang around we left asap and popped to a quiet ice cream shop in Soho instead. Definitely recommend booking ahead. 

Lisa Peake

 I have a soft spot for cosy Kingly Court as you feel a proper Londonder being able to find it, despite it being full to the brim with tourists. Haven’t been to a rum kitchen before but it was on our bar crawl list for London Cocktail week, and three super strong beverages in we probably would have enjoyed warm coke in a darkened barrel. Possibly because of this we enjoyed our brief encounter with a crystal daiquiri, even more so as we were the lucky ones who bagged some of the very limited bar space. The drink looked like tap water and gave more kick than expected, the clientele were young and as vibrant as the soca music Caribbean decor. Bar staff were a little flustered but reasonably good natured with it – we had fun, but weren’t overwhelmed.

Tip: Saturday afternoon you’re best bagging a table for food as the tiny bar has limited resting places.

Babs - Working Girl London

Having been to Rum Kitchen in Notting Hill a few times, the Soho branch is a little disappointing. It is quite cramped and takes a while to get cocktails. However, the food and drinks are still super tasty! This branch doesn't quite have the same fun vibe as the other, perhaps because it's in amongst the bustle of Kingly Court rather than in its own space and because it doesn't have the separate bar. Because the food is so good I would recommend here if you want a quiet-ish dinner (make sure you book) but not if you want a night of food and drinks aplenty!

Rosie A

Got to say I was disappointed with Rum Kitchen when I went. That said, this review is only for drinks and I can't comment on the food upstairs (which I know many swear by, and say it's very good). Now let me start with this. I love rum. It's my drink of choice, my partner in crime come rain or shine type thing. So when I go to a rum bar, I want decent rum drinks. A straight up rum DC was just about all I could get that tasted reasonable, the cocktails were godawful - undrinkable mojitos, in particular. Vibe downstairs was fun but not my scene, and the door staff are pushy. It's busy though, and draws in a decent weekend crowd, and the decor is quite fun. 


Went here for lunch on Sunday. Ordered 2 cocktails with our food and after about 2 mouthfuls through the straw we discovered both glasses were completely jam packed with crushed ice up to the brim of the glass. very bad value for money! we complained and she took them away and returned them filled up and with half as much ice but they had only been filled with juice so they didn't taste like cocktails anymore. Chicken wings were the stingiest we had ever seen or eaten.  won't be going back here. no wonder it was dead...

Bonnie W

Allowing to float away to a Caribbean island for a tenth of the price. So if you want a shot of summer hop on down to the rum kitchen. I loved my visit here and cannot recommend it enough


Visited the kingly court restaurant on a Saturday at 12, it was dead. Took ages to get served for drinks and food. When the food did come then chicken was undercooked :-( . Trying to get service during the meal is difficult and the food wasn't especially authentic either. The environment was cramped and the staff lifeless. Maybe we was unlucky but wont be going back.

Duncan O

Good food, absolutely terrible service. Have been 2 times and both times waited an age for food, place was only half full. Both times food order was wrong and both times had to ask multiple times for the bill which again both times was wrong. Will never go back.


Literally like stepping into the Caribbean in the middle of Soho - the pace of life is slower here!  Cocktails are good and authentic.  I didn't eat, but the food looked good.