Builders Arms

Bars and pubs Kensington
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Builders Arms

Less well known than many Kensington pubs because of its location – hidden among the maze of avenues behind the High Street – this establishment has a great local feel.

Beer drinkers can enjoy continental lagers, Heineken and Früli or one of four rotating ales from the bar, which stands beneath a tropical mosaic of fronded palms. There are also four ciders (Aspall Perronelle’s Blush and Brother’s Festival among them) on offer and an array of spirits and cocktails, including the Kraken (spiced rum and Chase vodka).

In summer, you can repair to the outside decking area under the green frontage to tuck into goat’s cheese risotto or free-range Gloucester Old Spot sausages and mash from the British gastropub menu, or just balance your well-poured pint on one of the barrels that are used as tables.


Venue name: Builders Arms
Address: 1 Kensington Court Place
W8 5JB
Opening hours: 11am-11pm Mon-Fri, 10am-11.30pm Sat, 10am-10.30pm Sun Food served: noon-10.30pm Mon-Fri, 10am-10.30pm Sat, 10m-10pm Sun
Transport: Tube: High Street Kensington
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Miranda S

Lovely place for a quiet drink with a friend to a bigger Friday night gathering! Nice outside space and tasty food

Suparna M

Builders Arms has history for me - Been going there since I was at university down the road. It will always be a special place, great neighbourhood pub.


One of the best Sunday roasts I have had in London, and great value to boot... £32 for a whole bird that was easily enough for the 3 of us. Great friendly service and a great atmosphere too. Highly recommended 

Mature Couple

Called into The Builders Arms yesterday afternoon for a quick drink before going to the Roof Gardens in Derry Street. Not very impressed! the girl serving was not familiar with prices etc and said they only charge for doubles even if you want a single! She wanted to put my wife's martini and lemonade in a small martini glass - she had no idea. She went out to ask the other members of staff what she should do. We gave up in the end. People were waiting to be served behind us. They were totally disorganised.!! It was a shame as the pub itself looked ok.