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The Paxtons Head, Knightsbridge, SW1

153 Knightsbridge
SW1
SW1X 7PA
Phone: 02075896627
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Taylor Walker (Spirit Pubs)

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Tris C left this review about The Paxtons Head

A first visit to this grade II-listed pub, on CAMRA’s website for having an interior of Regional Interest, where photos of the spectacular interior can be seen, though not to best effect.
So then, the pub has the heritage value in spades, but that’s the good news. This is now a GK pub with all the predictability that entails, with rather off-putting cooking smells of fried onion rings, ordered from menus on tables. There’s a downstairs bar with pool table which is advertised as a function room, but its lavs are shared with drinkers upstairs. There was sport on at least two TVs but the problem here is that lighting is low and with all the mirrors and reflective glass, it may as well be 1,000 TVs; it’s not at all restful. Customers seem to be tourists; I doubt the resident who bought the neighbouring One Hyde Park flat a few months back for £175m drinks here.
Ales: two pumps offering GK IPA, a reversed clip for Morland’s Copper Ale, Landlord ‘coming soon’ and two novelty ciders, Lilley’s Pineapple or Peach; a Guinness set me back £5.55 which is probably not too bad for the area; staff are unsurprisingly a bit uninterested.
This is one to visit for a swift half whilst doing a lap of the impressive bar, before going on to spend quality time in the Grenadier or especially the Nag’s Head.

On 28th September 2021 - rating: 6
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hondo . left this review about The Paxtons Head

A better than usual Taylor Walker interior with an island bar and mirrors down 2 walls. 5 real ales and food served. Didn't visit the more formal dining area upstairs.

On 13th October 2015 - no rating submitted
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Nick Davies left this review about The Paxtons Head

Thanks to being in permanent shade on the north-facing side of a hellishly busy road, and surrounded by never ending construction projects, usually of stories-high blocks of millionaires' apartments this pub looks dark, dingy and uninviting. Venture inside though and you find an original Victorian gin palace virtually untouched by the ravages of time. Roger describes it perfectly well below so I won't say it all again, but you do wonder why Spirit don't make more of it - it should surely be marketed as a destination pub, on the tourist trail for all lovers of Victoriana.

Well worth a visit.

On 8th October 2011 - rating: 7
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Map location corrected by Tris C
London Victoria, 1.15 miles, 22 min walk (show)
London Victoria, 1.15 miles, 22 min walk (show)
London Paddington, 1.7 miles, 32 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The Paxtons Head, SW1
28th Nov 2021, 11:40
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28th Nov 2021, 11:40
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 07 September 2013 by Nick Davies
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 07 September 2013 by Nick Davies
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 07 September 2013 by Nick Davies
  • Beer Garden : No last updated 07 September 2013 by Nick Davies
  • CAMRA Discount : Yes - 10% - last updated 24 February 2016 by ROB Camra
  • Car Park : No last updated 07 September 2013 by Nick Davies
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 27 September 2021 by Tris C
  • Darts : No last updated 27 September 2021 by Tris C
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 27 September 2021 by Tris C
  • Function Room : Yes - With shared WCs. - last updated 27 September 2021 by Tris C
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 13 October 2015 by hondo .
  • Jukebox : No last updated 27 September 2021 by Tris C
  • Karaoke : No last updated 27 September 2021 by Tris C
  • Live Music : No last updated 27 September 2021 by Tris C
  • Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 13 October 2015 by hondo .
  • Micropub : No last updated 27 September 2021 by Tris C
  • Pinball : No last updated 27 September 2021 by Tris C
  • Pool Table : Yes last updated 13 October 2015 by hondo .
  • Quiz Night : No last updated 27 September 2021 by Tris C
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 13 October 2015 by hondo .
  • Real Cider : Yes - Fruit ciders, not apple. - last updated 27 September 2021 by Tris C
  • Wheelchair Access : Yes - Disabled WC. - last updated 27 September 2021 by Tris C
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 13 October 2015 by hondo .
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