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The Builders Arms Kensington

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Neighbourhood:
South Kensington
Bar, British, Pub, International
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1 Kensington Court Place, London W8 5BJ, England
+44 20 7937 6213
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12:00 - 22:30
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Sun 12:00 - 22:30
Mon - Fri 12:00 - 23:00
Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Bartender took great care to help me choose the right British bitter. Great burger. Wonderfully English neighborhood for a stroll.

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Thank Steve K
general manager a, Guest Relations Manager at The Builders Arms Kensington, responded to this review

Thanks Steve, glad to be of service to you, come again soon for more of the same. More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

One of the loveliest pubs I've been too. All the staff are great and friendly and make you feel right at home. Food is also delicious - the quinoa burger is my personal favourite. Great location and great atmosphere.

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1 Thank Sarah D
General Manager A, Manager at The Builders Arms Kensington, responded to this review

The quinoa is a bit good isn't it and it's a superfood! Happy you had a cracking time. More 

Newbury, United Kingdom
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47 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We stopped in for a drink prior to a show at the Royal Albert Hall - its a lovely local pub in Kensington, just about off the main tourist routes and a welcome step away from the hustle and bustle of nearby roads. There were some good ales on tap, though I was served the end of a barrel without... More 

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Thank Jonathan H
General Manager A, Manager at The Builders Arms Kensington, responded to this review

We do apologise about passing you the end of the barrel, but we're always more than happy to rectify any problems that may arise during service. Please let us know next time you're about and we'll give you a proper spread. More 

Maui, Hawaii
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85 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We arrived about 5PM and there were a few people there, and it filled quickly. Good service and nice atmosphere, And of course I had to have Fish & Chips...fantastic

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Thank DSD91
General Manager A, Manager at The Builders Arms Kensington, responded to this review

Thanks, we tend to get great feedback about our fish & chips, glad you enjoyed it. Next time you're around give our fried squid a go. More 

Worcester, United Kingdom
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64 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Quaint local pub located in a quiet South Kensington backstreet. Serves fairly decent pub grub, good atmosphere and friendly staff. 10 minute walk from Gloucester Road or South Kensington tube stations.

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Thank MrJohn001
General Manager A, Manager at The Builders Arms Kensington, responded to this review

Thanks John, we like to try and put on a good spread, let us know next time you're in the area and we'll create Trip Advisor's first ever 6 stars. More 

West Malling, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Spent a Friday evening here with Friends a couple of weeks ago, hadn't been before, but i'd heard good things about the pub. We got there around 6.15 and it was already very busy, luckily we had pre booked a table, definitely a must, otherwise I doubt we would have been able to eat there. We each ordered the Chicken... More 

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Thank PinkEgg78
General Manager A, Manager at The Builders Arms Kensington, responded to this review

Hi Pinkegg, we do apologise for over charging you, get in contact over the phone and I'll be quite happy to refund you, we must have been put onto the wrong tab, doesn't make it right though and that's why I'd be quite happy to sort you out. But thank you for enjoying yourselves and giving us such a good... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017

This is a nice foody pub in an upmarket residential area but the prices were reasonable, service was good, beer selection ok, and I enjoyed the ambience on a cold winter night.

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Thank Michael K
General Manager A, Manager at The Builders Arms Kensington, responded to this review

Hi Michael, Thank you for your review and hopefully see you soon again. Team Builders Arms More 

Manchester, United Kingdom
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53 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

The food was good and the choice of food wasn't too bad. The service was quick and efficient. The only negative remark - it was very loud and you couldn't hear yourself think. But the place was full of young people.

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Thank Sam M
general manager a, Guest Relations Manager at The Builders Arms Kensington, responded to this review

Thank you for the glowing recommendation, drop us a call next time you're around and we'll make sure we can put you in a quieter spot. More 

Dorridge, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017

Warm friendly staff welcome you into this establishment. Just hidden not far off Kensington High Street in a quiet location. We telephone to reserve a table on a Sunday afternoon which is advisable. There were some spaces at tables for walk in drinkers and diners. The pub is very clean and the staff polite and very helpful. We all had... More 

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Thank Fourcarrz
general manager a, Guest Relations Manager at The Builders Arms Kensington, responded to this review

Thank you very much, we reckon we get the atmosphere just right on a Sunday and thanks for letting everyone else know too. I'm glad you enjoyed yourself and please give us a call again anytime soon and we'll deliver more of the same. More 

Singapore, Singapore
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2017 via mobile

Have been here several times and service is always relaxed and fast. Steak pie was fantastic. Pastry was crisp and stayed that way for the whole meal! Steak was great quality and tender. Looking forward to coming back.

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Thank Noodlesnoodles
general manager a, Guest Relations Manager at The Builders Arms Kensington, responded to this review

Return custom is our game my friend and obviously we play it well. Thank you for the glowing review and we promise to keep the standards as high up for you as possible. You're always welcome back whenever you want. More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 11 - USD 24
Cuisine
Bar, British, Pub, International
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 - 22:30
Monday
12:00 - 23:00
Tuesday
12:00 - 23:00
Wednesday
12:00 - 23:00
Thursday
12:00 - 23:00
Friday
12:00 - 23:00
Saturday
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1 Kensington Court Place, London W8 5BJ, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > South Kensington
  • Neighbourhood: South Kensington
  • Phone Number: +44 20 7937 6213
Description
Based within the well-heeled Kensington area, The Builders Arms in London serves time-honoured British fare in quirky, contemporary surroundings. A kalaeidoscope of colours floods through the bohemian-style bar, whilst white-washed brickwork and a vaulted skylight ceiling adds to the dining area's aesthetic appeal.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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South Kensington
With its ivied mews, row upon row of Poppins-esque white washed mansions, and placid garden squares, it's easy to see the charms of South Kensington. And with superb access to Hyde Park, Holland Park and Kensington Gardens, as well as the largely child-friendly and mostly free Museum Quarter (not to mention more major attractions like Royal Albert Hall) such charms are easy to make the most of. As welcoming and cosmopolitan as it is reserved and residential, South Kensington is always a hit with visitors.
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