churchill arms londonIf you’re looking for a traditional English pub with a twist for dinner on your next trip to London, here’s a place in Notting Hill I want to share with you.

The other weekend, Dan and I were in London to do some shopping at London’s vintage furniture department store before date night at The Electric Cinema on London’s Portobello Road. We were looking for a cheap and cheerful place to eat in the area beforehand, when I remembered my a little secret a friend once told me about a nearby pub.

The Churchill Arms is probably one of the best-dressed pubs in the country. They go above and beyond to make it look like a giant bouquet of flowers all year round and always put in extra effort decorating for special holidays and big football matches. Obviously I got trigger happy…

Step inside, and be prepared to have another ‘omg’ moment. It has all the traditional cherry wood furnishings but on the ceiling and walls, thousands of little British novelty objects and kitschy keepsakes are grabbing for your attention. I might have got a bit trigger happy inside too…

It’s full of cozy nooks to curl up with a good book or have a catch-up with a friend, but if it’s dinner you’re after, like we were, you need to head out to the right of the main bar, past the fireplace, where you’ll find…

A Thai restaurant hidden out the back. Look at the ceiling covered in hanging plants.

On the menu you’ll find authentic family recipes from the Thai chefs that moved into the pub’s backyard more than 15 years ago– authentic “Pad Siew” noodles to hot and spicy “Kaeng Par” curry that all wash down brilliantly with some prawn crackers and a nice cold pint of British beer.

Find the Churchill Arms and its hidden Thai garden at 119 Kensington Church Street.


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