Three Kings of Clerkenwell

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Three Kings of Clerkenwell
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It's claimed the royal trio of the name turns out to be Elvis, Henry VIII and King Kong, a suitably eccentric trio for this most excellent of pubs, although in truth the building predates the first and latter by more than 100 years. A fibreglass rhino head, autographed baseball photographs, twinkling fairy lights, a plaster of Paris Egyptian dog, old maps of Islington and a roaring fire provide the decor inside the intimate main room, as landlord Deke Eichler and his team of chummy, quietly efficient bar staff pour pints of decent ale and generous glasses of wine to garrulous Clerkenwell types and their associated along-for-the-ride pals.

There’s a gentle music theme to the place: the Monday-night music quiz is fiercely competitive and amusingly difficult, while the underused upstairs room contains a vinyl jukebox crammed with fabulous old sides that run from rare funk to unironic soft rock.

The food’s good enough and fairly priced; keep your eyes peeled for the occasional themed DJ nights (freak folk, classic jazz) on Saturdays. A gem.


Venue name: Three Kings of Clerkenwell
Address: 7 Clerkenwell Close
Opening hours: Open noon-11pm Mon-Fri; 5.30-11pm Sat
Transport: Tube: Farringdon tube/rail
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This cosy pub, tucked away down a quiet side street, offers local workers a range of hearty lunches. The homemade chilli and chunky vegetable chilli provide a filling meal with a good kick, and the posh sausage sandwich is a delight. The pub offers a good range of drinks, both alcoholic and soft, and the prices are reasonable with a meal and a drink coming in between £10 to £13, depending on the drink you choose.

Regarding after work drinks and food, the pub can become rather busy, with a number of patrons choosing to drink on the street outside, especially in summer. I would recommend this for lunch times rather than later afternoons or evenings.

probably the best pub in the world. and you below, you got free drinks didn't you? why on earth should you crash a wedding party and not be asked to leave by the groom by your description (the curly headed yobbo?)

I LOVE this pub. Its the only pub in London where I can truely feel like 'I've come home'!

It's not about pretentious food and a huge range of drinks, it's about the atmosphere and people, and this is the standout best pub in the area - cosy, very welcoming (some of the friendliest bar peeps you'll ever meet), and has a great (overlooked) upstairs with a cracking view of St James' Church, amazing in the snow :-)

They do the best Lasagna ever!! it just tastes better on a Friday lunch time, Such a good night out at the kings you will never be disappointed, Random eclectic mix of decor adds to the charm of the place. Always full of fun and interesting people! Make sure you look out of the Rhino!

Farringdon is rammed with pubs, some good some bad with the Three Kings among the best. Don't expect to be able move freely in here on a Friday night as it'll get rammed, but if you're after a good pint in a great atmosphere this is that place.