The downside to this trendy Battersea boozer? It’s impossible to describe to your mates without it sounding like some kind of wanky hipster hangout. They’ve got their own micro-brewery. They distill their own gin. They keep an escape game in the basement. There’s even a retro gaming room upstairs that lets you project ‘Street Fighter 2’ across an entire wall. ‘Jesus Christ!’ your pals will probably exclaim: ‘What’s it called? “The Artisanal Sourdough?”’
It is, however, a brilliantly down-to-earth place to spend a night. It’s a beautifully refurbed Victorian palace that’s full of wall-mounted taxidermy, scuffed wooden floors and pretty vintage tiling. Aside from their own-distilled gin, the 45 gins they offer – alongside a range of more exotic tonics than a Chinese medicine shop – means there’s plenty for spirit hounds to explore.
And the games room? We defy you to find a more fun night out in Balham. It’s packed with ping-pong, table football, old arcade games and a totally nutso racing game. Booze and racing? Jeremy Clarkson would approve. Don’t let that put you off, though.
|Venue name:||Four Thieves||Contact:|
51 Lavender Gardens
|Transport:||Tube: Clapham Junction|
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Average User Rating
4.7 / 5
- 5 star:22
- 4 star:5
- 3 star:0
- 2 star:1
- 1 star:0
The pub itself is big and well designed and the garden at the back is a nice touch - so is the game room upstairs. What works really badly is their door staff policy. They are incredibly rude and militant and the system when we have booked a table or an area of providing guest names at the door, so the "hostess" can come and pick up the guests rather than simply letting the named guests in, does NOT work. We were at a birthday party this past weekend and several of the guests were treated very badly by the door staff and most had to wait outside for a while. And when we tried to go out to pick them up, the staff would shout us down for daring to open the door... You do not expect that when you are invited - as a named guest - to a party. I am usually very easy going and I have never written a bad review for a pub before, but we will not be back and cannot recommend going on the days they have security on the door. Actually, we were treated so badly despite spending A LOT of money that we don't ever want to put more money in their pockets again. Avoid
Great beers - they brew them right there in the bar - plus loads of quirky entertainment (a games room upstairs and their quiz is like no other). Really interesting place, we never get bored.
Large drinks selection, outside area and a games floor upstairs. Also has a great vibe. Everything you'd want.
Beautiful garden, spacious venue and an awesome games room for those who need to do more than just sit and drink.
Great atmosphere, friendly staff, drinks are reasonably priced and there is a different theme each night - we're very lucky to call it our local.
Love having this as our local, gin garden in summer is great plus late night opening at the weekend for a bit of a boogie always a fun night!
Every day is different here. Every day is happy here. London's finest gin selection, superb food and more fun than you can shake a ping-pong bat at.
Great food, beers, inside outside garden area, cool decor, whacky events, regular surprise oddities (the Gin Butler?), large capacity, friendly staff and a huge retro gaming room! BEST PUB EVER! Random Dave