Hemingford Arms

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Hemingford Arms

Given that it's hidden among some of N1's most covetable residential streets and the barbed-wire-decked back of Pentonville Prison, the Hemingford Arms has to cater for a wide range of locals. It does so beautifully in its own kooky way via the means of drag bingo nights, an out-of-tune piano, Thai food and a scrappy pub dog. The building is made extra beautiful on the outside by leafy swathes of ivy and pretty hanging baskets, but it's as much a sight to see inside, too; its walls and ceilings covered with dusty old curios. Prosthetic legs wearing old trainers stick out of a treasure chest; a pair of taxidermy ducks preside over a pew; vintage film posters and beer adverts tile the wall behind a big screen that shows the football on mute.

It's pretty standard pub fare, drinks-wise, though the selection of cask ales is well-curated, presumably to appease the jumble of old men and trendy young locals who take up the majority of the bar stools and tables. The outdoor benches are a popular spot to soak up some afternoon sun during the summer months, but make sure to spend some time inside, too – between the countless treasures and the ivy-vignettes on the windows you could be sinking a pint in a Lewis Carroll poem. 

By: Ashleigh Arnott


Venue name: Hemingford Arms
Address: 158 Hemingford Rd
N1 1DF
Opening hours: Open 11am-11pm Mon-Sat; noon-10.30pm Sun. Food served 6-10.30pm Mon-Sat; noon-7pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Caledonian Rd
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What a beaut of a pub, a perfect "local" that's worth seeking out.  There's lots of knick-knacks to look at around the bar which really adds to the look of the place.  Lovely thai food, entertainment and sport are all in the offering.  Sunday night live music was a nice treat, and I hear from the barman there's going to be a Drag Night midweek when he hosts in his alternative garb! :-)  

Fantastic local boozer. Friendly staff and locals. Entertainment every night. Traditional Irish music. Great Thai food.

One of the best boozers in the capital. Ales are well served, atmosphere lively and warming and the lighting nicely dark.

and big screen Rugby and Cricket and the best Vodka Lime & Soda and the non-sporting regulars and the bar staff and more........