The Britannia

Bars and pubs Kensington
5 out of 5 stars
(5user reviews)

The Britannia has been here in Kensington since 1834, but (thankfully) has been updated since then. The fire place remains and there are vintage-looking leather armchairs about the place, but everything else has a fresh coat of paint and is bright and airy. You can come here for a drink, to eat or even to hire out a room for a conference (they have wifi, laptop/iPad connectivity, mics, private bar, etc.), and they have a weekly Tuesday quiz too.


Venue name: The Britannia
Address: 1 Allen St
W8 6UX
Transport: Tube: High St Kensington
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Kensington's best neighbourhood, always friendly staff, excellent food, comfy chairs, open fire and well-kept beer.  Don't tell anyone else or it will get over-crowded. 


The Britannia is one of those pubs I know I will always be able to get a seat at. If I want a quiet drink later in the evening, or on a Sunday afternoon with a paper, I go there. It's very easy to go in for one but end up there for hours. It's also one of 2 pubs in the area that I always take anyone visiting me from abroad because it has such quintessential British charm. Despite being seconds from Kensington high street, it's still quite hidden. The cosy pub area feels more like being in someone's Kensington lounge- homely, charming and classy. I love the traditional furnishings with the puffy pillows, comfy couches, soft colours. In winter there's always a fire going. Behind the pub is quite a large dining room, but I've only eaten in there once. As stylish as it is, I prefer just having meals in the pub, or upstairs where there's a less informal dining area where you can watch sport on the big-screen tellys (it's also a great option to hire out for a large-ish group). Their food is good quality and fresh. It's a bit more expensive than your average pub but it's well worth it. Same for the drinks. A pint is about £5; a glass of wine about £8. They've always had a really good selection of beers, including craft. It's part of the Young's chain but certainly has its own unique charm and historic too- it's been around since the early 1800s. If you're in the area it's well worth a visit.

The upstairs rooms are perfect for private hire, I found the staff very helpful.

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