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Rum Kitchen Soho

Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars Soho
3 out of 5 stars
3 out of 5 stars
(21user reviews)

Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars

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.

By: Euan Ferguson



Address: First Floor, Kingly Court
Transport: Oxford Circus tube
Opening hours: Mon - Thurs: 12PM - Midnight Fri - Sat: 12PM - 12:30AM Sun: 12PM - 11PM
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Users say (21)

3 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

3.1 / 5

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This is somewhere I have wanted to try for a while, but hadn't got round to.  I was also a little unsure as to whether the food would be any good.  However, I was pleasantly surprised.  The cocktails were also great.  The waiter we had was a little odd and a mix of either overly attentive or absent, but it didn't detract from the experience.  The music was fair too loud for an early dinner though.


Love this place, the perfect spot for after work drinks or dinner with friends.  Live DJ and great cocktails.  The food is actually surprisingly good and the curry as well as the jerk leaves something for everyone.  A couple of good vege options too!

Our food actually got lost on the system so to say sorry, they topped up all of our drinks!  Really friendly and nice staff.  Would go back 

This vibrant restaurant had my attention immediately; I loved the bright colors and the enticing menu. The staff were super friendly and really informative about what was gluten free on the menu. However I was left with only three gluten free options which I thought were all quite overpriced and what I did order was pretty mediocre. I went for the West Indian sweet potato curry which was £9 and quite frankly lacking in sweet potato. It was tasty enough however for the price I just expected it to have a bit more of a wow factor. I don't think this is a bad restaurant however for me it was missing something in the flavor and gluten free department. 


The problem with Caribbean food is that it is the perfect balance of sweet and savoury, so even if you're totally full, you'll refuse to leave a single bit on your plate, which inevitably leads to indigestion... Yes, it's a self-inflicted wound but it's one that The Rum Kitchen aids with it's stunning use of tropical fruits and succulent jerk meats. The jerk bowl, with an inclusion of pineapple and watermelon alongside fluffy rice and tender chicken thighs, is bloody glorious, as is the side dish of puffed up sweet corn fritters which are both salty and sweet. Cocktail wise the Plantain Colada is deliciously creamy and sweet, served in the most instagrammable pineapple shaped glass. until the end of July this is a spot on the Koko Kanu frequent Flyer's Club so you can actually get yourself a few free drinks with the presentation of your Koko Kanu passport, OR an old holiday snap - but even after that promotion is over this place is worth a visit. The atmosphere hadn't reached its full potential on the early Monday evening I visited, but you can tell this is a solid place to visit if you're after some party vibes alongside cracking food.


Tucked away in the hidden gem that is Kingly Court, this Caribbean themed restaurant provides good cocktails, semi-authentic jerk chicken, rice and peas and a solid soundtrack consisting 90% of Bob Marley. Which we all know is no bad thing. The décor is garish but eco-friendly in its inventive use of old oil drums, crates and the like.


Kingly Court has massively improved over the last year or so and Rum Kitchen fits in well.  The cocktails are ok but they are not what you go for.  The food packs a punch and the atmosphere is always fun and buzzy!  We hadn't booked a table and the staff were able to fit us in at one of the high tables by the front door.  They were very accommodating and as soon as a table came up they offered to move us (by that point we were happy where we were!).  We ordered a selection of starters and mains to share as everything looked too good to choose.  The jerk wings were very very good and the cauliflower curry was exceptional!  Would definitely recommend both!  Look forward to going back again, will just make sure I book a table next time! 


Just ok really. Cocktails pretty average, food just so-so. It gets pretty busy, so booking a table is advisable if you want to eat. It seems to get pretty packed in the evenings, so maybe is a better place to head for drinks rather than a meal.

You know what? I'm a fan!

Rum kitchen has what you need. Good portions of good food! I particularly like this branch as its accessible and very welcoming! The cocktail menu goes on for days and days baby! You can't complain as the pricing is pretty reasonable and the food is wholesome and flavoursome!

Yes I recommend it!


Been here a couple of times, and it always seems to be jam packed when I visit. It's always worth it though, the rum selection is amazing, they do cocktails to die for and the jerk chicken burgers are outta this world! All accompanied by great Caribbean vibes, it's a sure winner if you're a rum lover. Plus if you get down between 5pm and 7pm, you'll only pay a fiver for some of the cocktails!

Fun, chilled and tasty - thoroughly enjoyed my happy hour in the Rum Kitchen last night. Fab sitting in the window area with them wide open, as had an ace view of Kingsley Court and added to the atmosphere.


Wow was the food and more specifically the flavours good! I will definitely be returning!

I can't wait to try the curried mutton or veggie curry however was not in the mood after warm day! Salad also looks really good. Really enjoyed my jerk chicken although beware it is quite hot. I needed a few glasses of water. Wish I'd gonna for yam and sweet pot mash rather than rice and peas as they were a bit dry.
Cocktails also good! Really tasty and pretty glasses - they have happy hour from 5-7 with 5 cocktails each for £5. Quite varied choice so make most of that.
Get the plantain - they are sooo yum! My friend who had crab burger also highly rated it! 
Staff were also very friendly and I loved the decor and the location of the restaurant in kingly court
I personally think the price for the mains is a bit steep - £13 for a curry or some chicken and rice?! And was nearly going to give it 3* because of this but it doesn't do the food and service justice.
Highly recommended! Might try the Notting Hill branch next time!

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. 


 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.


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!


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...

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.

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.  

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