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The Builders Arms Kensington

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1 Kensington Court Place, London W8 5BJ, England
+44 20 7937 6213
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12:00 - 23:00
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 - 22:30
Mon - Fri 12:00 - 23:00
Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Been coming to the builders on an off for twenty years. It's changed hands, been up and down, but never bad. (It's currently on the up). Usually you can get a seat. It's cosy, staff always great. Food decent, beer and cider selection well thought out. A great local.

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

It's pretty epic to know we have fans in South Africa and not just locally, thanks for the great review and please remember you are always welcome through our doors. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Most exquisite food in taste and texture, fish & chips and hamburger & fried potato chips! Cooling beer and wine.. Topped of with a heart warming welcoming and service in cosy surroundings. You do not want to miss this opportunity to encounter an authentic British pub with delicious food! My dearest appreciation from all of my family🙏 until next time,... More 

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

Oh thank you Annaa, if a pub could blush it'd be doing it right now. Please let us know next time you and your family are back over from Sweden and we'll give you even more of the same. More 

mskillifish
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Big thanks to Luis, Kevin and all the staff for a great New Year....the food and service were amazing, lovely clientele and a traditional Auld Lang Syne to end the evening - once we explained what it was! Really welcoming place, and a great location. Debs PS Thanks for the reindeer!

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

Yeah, New Years was a bit of a laugh really wasn't it, but I would like to clarify we didn't bribe anyone with a reindeer for this 5 Star review! If you guys are in the area again next year let's have a bit more of the same then shall we. Happy New Years one and all. More 

london
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30 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We booked the Builders Arms for a pre Christmas concert lunch primarily because it is very convenient for the royal Albert Hall. What a great choice it turned out to be! This is a very cosy gastro pub located in a lovey area. A warm welcome awaited us, the food and service was fabulous. The staff outstanding. Our party of... More 

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

Thanks for the gleaming review, we enjoyed having you too, a very nice bunch if memory dictates. Let me know next time you intend to be around and we'll do it all over again. More 

Washington DC, District of Columbia
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28 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Good fish and chips. The rest of the meal, steak, was lack luster. Decent wine choice. Close to our hotel in Kensington and Kensington Palace.

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Thank TexnDC
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016 via mobile

Second in a row the Builders Arms has provided a great setting with lovely food and a willingness to help make a great evening.

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

Oh stop it, you're making me blush my friend. Thank you Sam for those kind words, we all try to make it as appealing an environment as possible. Let us know when you're next in and we'll get you the best table in the house! More 

Newport, Rhode Island
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2016

Our local pub when we are in LONDON. Great ambience. Very comfortable. Great English pub experience. Lately the menu has been in a constant state of flux. The prices have gone up and the food - although still good is hard to find ! Recently we had fried chicken. It arrived on a giant white dish with two tiny pieces... More 

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Thank DJE0210
general manager a, Public Relations Manager at The Builders Arms Kensington, responded to this review

I do apologise for your bad experience with us the other day, our menu now changes daily to try and keep things fresh and offer our diners a new experience eacxh time. But with saying that, it doesn't excuse getting a small helping of one of our most popular dishes. I've cascaded your critique to the kitchen and I promise... More 

London, United Kingdom
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50 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016

Food is very good and good choice of wines . Buzzy and lively pub with good interiors. I thought the staff could have been better organised ,water never arrived ,pudding came to the table before we had ordered anything , a lot of staff with unclear instruction .

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Thank cclondon1988
general manager a, Guest Relations Manager at The Builders Arms Kensington, responded to this review

Thanks for the nice write up and thank you for enjoying your food too and don't worry the constructive criticism has been taken on board. Let us know when you're due back again. More 

London, United Kingdom
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40 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2016

If you're in the Kings Road / Sloane Sq area then this is definitely your best bet if you're after a decent boozer. Nice staff, good atmosphere inside and a strong range of drinks means it has just about everything you could possibly want. It's also not ridiculously expensive. Have been before, will go again.

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Thank Ross M
Seattle, Washington
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443 reviews
213 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016 via mobile

A great place that has a lot of locals (as seen by the multiple dogs). They have an extensive beer menu and their food menu is standard fish-n-chips and burgers pub fare. Most of the seating is shared (although that's just in the main room, I didn't check out the other rooms) with picnic table sized seating.

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

Thanks for the glowing review my friend, it's glowing so bright I'd quite like to have you back and check out our new menu, we've expanded quite a bit, I'd like to recommend the pork chop and giant black pudding if you're into your meats. Drop us an email and we'll get you booked right back in. More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 11 - US$ 24
Cuisine
Bar, British, Pub, International
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Bar Scene
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 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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