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Anglesea Arms

Bars and pubs, Pubs South Kensington
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Favoured at various times by both Charles Dickens and DH Lawrence, this splendid pub is packed tight on summer evenings, the front terrace and wide main bar area filled with professional blokes chugging Adnams Broadside while their female equivalents put bottles of sancerre on expenses. Solicitors can – indeed, do – celebrate a successful case with a bottle of Châteauneuf-du-Pape.

But despite the stereotypes, the Anglesea has always had more aura than the average South Kensington hostelry. Perhaps it’s the erotic painting of Fifi, the ghost that roams its cellar; perhaps it’s the link with the Great Train Robbery, allegedly planned here. On quieter winter lunchtimes, it’s the ideal place for a quality foreign lager (Kirin, Bitburger) and a heart-to-heart over a plate of squid linguine at one of the bottle-green banquettes overlooked by random portraits.


Venue name: Anglesea Arms
Address: 15 Selwood Terrace
Opening hours: Open 11am-11pm Mon-Sat; noon-10.30pm Sun. Food served noon-3pm, 6-10pm Mon-Fri; noon-5pm, 6-10pm Sat; noon-5pm, 6-9.30pm Sun
Transport: Tube: South Kensington tube
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Discovering the creaky, Mahogany-lined booths tucked just inside the entrance to this old time establishment has been a welcome relief. The Anglesea Arms is a stylish, friendly pub among a real dearth of taprooms that possess enough charm to warrant a return. There's a reason that this place is reliably packed for most of the weekend and it's not just the variety on draft nor even the regal views from the patio. Whatever it is, it's kept punters flooding in since the 18th century and you can't argue with that.

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