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The Kings Arms, Fitzrovia, W1

68 Great Titchfield Street
W1
W1W 7QL
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Tris C left this review about The Kings Arms

Dating from 1759 and rebuilt in the mid-19th century, this bucks the area’s GK/SS stranglehold for being a McMullen’s ‘boutique hotel’ pub, originally built for Charrington’s.
There’s a modern boarded floor with tiled bar apron, the bar being a modern field panelled affair with tubular steel gantry and bare brick, by way of a bar back. There’s Victorian-style wallpaper and obligatory smoky blue paint to the remainder of walls, as well as the richly textured ceiling. Lighting comes from Victorian-style fake candle lights as well as tea lights on tables, which are high in the front half, normal height to the rear. Décor comes by way of framed prints and Mediæval knight’s battle gear; mood music played over the stereo. There were two TVs on, but rather than show sport, they were showing a presentation video of the pub’s wares, alternating between shots of the ‘undercroft bar’ and plates of charcuterie; customers were a mixed bunch, some quite boisterous.
There were two unused pumps, then one dispensing McMullen’s IPA at a reasonable £2.35 a half, nice and served by a lovely barmaid.
There’s a more hotel bar feel to the place, unsurprisingly. It’s not really a traditional pub and as there are traditional pubs aplenty nearby, I don’t really see a compelling reason to return.

On 14th October 2021 - rating: 4
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Rex Rattus left this review about The Kings Arms

This is now a McMullen's pub with their Country and Cask Ale on, plus a guest ale of Whole Hop Brewery Flying Frog (£2.10 a half). When I arrived a fourth pump was unclipped, but by the time I left it had a handwritten clip for something called Hopping Mad, a 4.5% golden ale. I was in too early to see any sign of food.

It's carpeted, has banquettes around the sides, metal framed tables and small stools. All very traditional. The bar counter looks to be an original Victorian feature, and parts of the bar back are old, if not original, dating from 1900 according to the landlord. Unfortunately you can't see much of it nowadays, as bits of wood have been attached to it to provide shelving, and it's otherwise obscured by optics, bottles, cans, notices, an old till and some drinks machines. But some cut and etched glass is just about visible with the brewer's name (Charrington) in the top centre, and the pub name is at the bottom (but obscured by bottles). There's also a cast iron pillar with a decorative capital, plus a small vestibule at the entrance. This apparently used to be a seven room pub. There are disused doorways now of course, but I can well believe the claim to seven rooms.

As decor there were old (mainly whisky) bottles on the bar gantry, a shelf with books and knick knacks at one end, plus miscellaneous prints on the walls. I also saw a TV (of course), a juke box, and a quiz night advertised for Mondays.

It was very quiet when I was in before noon, so impossible to judge the atmosphere when busy, but it's comfortable enough and both the landlord and barmaid were friendly and chatty. I liked it in here. It had the feel of a traditional pub about it and it's the sort of place to which I'd be happy to return.

On 12th October 2016 - rating: 7
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hondo . left this review about The Kings Arms

Quite a quirky interior serving 4 real ales. Live fitba on during my visit.

On 20th March 2014 - no rating submitted
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Map location corrected by Steve C
London Euston, 1.05 miles, 20 min walk (show)
London Charing Cross, 1.17 miles, 22 min walk (show)
London Marylebone, 1.35 miles, 26 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The Kings Arms, W1
14th Oct 2021, 18:44
Review submitted by Tris C
 
23rd Jun 2021, 18:48
Request to mark pub as open by Just a quick pint, then I'm off approved

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  • Accommodation : Yes last updated 14 October 2021 by Tris C
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 14 October 2021 by Tris C
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 14 October 2021 by Tris C
  • Beer Garden : No last updated 14 October 2021 by Tris C
  • Car Park : No last updated 14 October 2021 by Tris C
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 14 October 2021 by Tris C
  • Darts : No last updated 14 October 2021 by Tris C
  • Function Room : Yes - Cellar bar. - last updated 14 October 2021 by Tris C
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 14 October 2021 by Tris C
  • Karaoke : No last updated 14 October 2021 by Tris C
  • Live Music : No last updated 14 October 2021 by Tris C
  • Micropub : No last updated 14 October 2021 by Tris C
  • Pinball : No last updated 14 October 2021 by Tris C
  • Pool Table : No last updated 14 October 2021 by Tris C
  • Quiz Night : Yes last updated 14 October 2021 by Tris C
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 20 March 2014 by hondo .
  • Real Cider : No last updated 14 October 2021 by Tris C
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 20 March 2014 by hondo .
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