Notting Hill has been a long standing favourite neighbourhood with London’s creatives, its picturesque streets are lined with chic boutiques, restaurants and cosy pubs. Be sure to have a Sunday stroll in Spring, when the pastel coloured houses and blossom trees are at their best. Proudly standing amidst townhouse lined Campden Street is the Churchill Arms. This London institution is as wonderful as ever, almost 300 years later – here’s why it’s one of our Hero Picks.
Built in 1750 this pub is famed for its flower covered facade, so much so that it boasts a Chelsea Flower Show win. Historically, the Irish pub was a favourite with Winston Churchill’s grandparents and throws a big birthday bash in his honour each year. The picture perfect boozer is now a real hotspot with locals and in true London style plays host to a diverse blend of pub goers that spill onto the sunny streets.
Claiming to be the first London pub to house a Thai restaurant, The Churchill Arms has been offering vibrant thai food for over 25 years. The team of highly skilled chefs curate an ever changing menu of authentic regional dishes. The menu showcases recipes that have been passed through generations. The prawn Pad Ka-Prao and seriously spicy Jungle Curry are popular.
Longstanding Irish landlord Gerry is a local star, and the curator of the wonderfully eclectic, best of british atmosphere. Now a Fuller’s pub, the beer is reliably excellent. The bar offers a good selection of locally brewed beers on tap as well as a stellar wine list.
Beyond the flower covered exterior, the cosy pub is packed to the rafters with eccentric memorabilia. Expect flags, wartime medals, a lifesize cut out of The Queen and eclectic knick knacks, a true celebration of British eccentricity. There’s even a mounted declaration claiming that Churchill made his wartime broadcasts from the bar. The team has estimated how many bottles of champagne Churchill drank in his lifetime. Taking bets for the first round is a local tradition.
Be sure to drop in for a drink, or two, in December, as the rainbow of hanging baskets are replaced with hundreds of twinkling Christmas trees. You’ll feel as though you’ve wandered straight onto the set of Love Actually.
A blooming lovely pub.
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