Insider recommended bars in Earl's Court
Insider guide by Ginza co-founder Rob Chu
Earls Court is a busy neighbourhood in Kensington. I spent a year during uni living around here and there are some true hidden gems here when it comes to bars and places to go out.
Read on to discover my favourite spots in the area for a drink or two, along with some tasty grub and live music.
Evans & Peel Detective Agency
Under the cover of an old fashioned detective agency, you will find a dimly lit speakeasy with a brilliant cocktail list and a menu of bar foods centering on smoked meats. Bookings are required and to book you must invent a ‘case’, which the doorman will ask you about on arrival. All of this makes for a fun and memorable experience, but the cocktails alone make this quirky bar well worth a visit if you’re staying in the area.
This historic cafe, bar and live music venue, is open from morning till late, serving bar foods and bistro style dishes. Sunday - Tuesday, it’s all about jazz, with acts coming on after 8pm. The rest of the week you can get anything from rock to electro, including acts such as West London locals Dirty Strangers, whose collaborators have included the Rolling Stone’s Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood.
The Prince is a relatively new addition to Earls Court, featuring four restaurants, three bars and a covered woodland garden housed within four buildings on Lillie Road. The restaurant spaces operate as pop-up venues, with restaurants and food concepts rotating on a seasonal basis, but typically featuring some of the hottest names in street food and new dining in London. Booking ahead is recommended for larger groups, but walk-ins can also be accommodated.
The Lillie Langtry
The Lillie Langtry is modern pub, with a delicious menu featuring with a cocktail lounge on the first floor. The menu features good, honest pub grub with meat and seafood cooked over a charcoal grill. Situated opposite The Prince, The Lille Langtry is named after an actress who at one time was the mistress of Prince Edward (later King Edward VII).
Insider tip: On Sundays they serve a traditional Sunday Roast - which I highly recommend if you want a truly British (and delicious) experience.