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Churchill Arms

  • Bars and pubs
  • Kensington
  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Recommended
Churchill Arms

Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars

Not that most tourists would know, but there seems to be a contradiction here. The Churchill, a celebration of the wartime leader (they even estimate the number of champagne bottles the man consumed), is in fact an Irish pub – didn’t Ireland remain neutral during World War II?

Regardless, this is a fine establishment, part homely tavern (it’s a Fuller’s, and the beer is excellent) and part Thai restaurant. Character is provided by the lived-in feel and mass of junk – portraits of prime ministers and American presidents, the documented triumphs of the Clare GAA hurling team, shiny copper things.

The verdant frontage, embellished by an image of Churchill giving the V, is a regular winner in its category of the London in Bloom competition. Tourists love it, yes, but the regulars here include locals, and not just the posh ones.


119 Kensington Church Street
W8 7LN
Tube: High Street Kensington or Notting Hill Gate tube
Opening hours:
Mon-Wed 11am-11pm, Thu-Sat 11am-12am, Sun 12pm-10.30pm
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