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The Elephant & Castle Pub

) #2,205 of 17,848 Restaurants in London ££ - £££ Bar, British, Pub
40 Holland Street | Kensington, W8 4LT, London W8 4LT, England
+44 20 7937 6382
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  • Excellent39%
  • Very good51%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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Bar, British, Pub
££ - £££
40 Holland Street | Kensington, W8 4LT, London W8 4LT, England
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Having walked all over London on our day trip from Cheshire it was nice to sit down in a proper pub for a pint of London Pride. Big selection of beers available. Menu looked good. Remembered that it's a Nicholson pub,the same as the Philharmonic...More

Thank lgd23
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I popped into the pub for a drink whilst visiting London for the weekend and what a disappointment. The staff were very unfriendly, two of which couldn't understand our Scottish accents. The drinks were poorly served in small glasses and the price...More

Thank Skywalker714
General Manager A, Manager at The Elephant & Castle Pub, responded to this review

Hi Skywalker714. I am sincerely sorry to hear that you had a bad experience at the Elephant and Castle, High Street Kensington. I was working that day and everything and everyone seemed in good spirits. I'm also sorry you did not like the decor of...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Have been in a few times in the last couple of months, and I always enjoy myself. It's a very small pub with a particularly cosy bar, but on both sides everyone is very polite. There is a wide variety of gins, whiskies, and beers...More

Thank DayThinker7
Reviewed 20 April 2017 via mobile

The pub is tucked away just circa 200m off Kensington High Street and is a nice lunch time respite from the "hustle and bustle" of Central London. It is a small pub with circa 10 tables and outside seating. The menu is adequate, pricing reasonable...More

Thank Doobles63
Reviewed 29 March 2017

Was staying in Kensington and looking for places that were dog friendly. This place was buzzing. Not only dog friendly but people friendly too. It's a small pub tucked away but a great wee place to visit. Found the staff and the Patrons to be...More

Thank Sue B
General Manager A, Manager at The Elephant & Castle Pub, responded to this review

Hi Sue! Thank you very much for your wonderful review! We're very proud to be a dog friendly pub and our staff are always happy to provide a bowl of water and a scratch behind the ear. We're delighted that you enjoyed your time and...More

Reviewed 26 March 2017

If you find yourself in Kensington and with a bit of a thirst then you can do no better than find your way to the Elephant and Castle. It isn't a large pub but it has an open and inviting atmosphere and a small terrace,...More

Thank Abbeyjackson
Reviewed 25 February 2017 via mobile

This is a great little pub just off the beaten track. It is small with limited seating, so ,if you plan on eating, make sure you book ahead, the food is worth the wait. The outside area is great for soaking up the rarely seen...More

Thank Shaundips
Reviewed 23 February 2017

It is amazing place, hidden in little street away from crowd. I love hand crafted beers, big choice of whisky and scotch. Food is just fine for such a small kitchen. Lovely people all around. You can smell some history over there, this pub is...More

Thank 1Halina85
General Manager A, Manager at The Elephant & Castle Pub, responded to this review

Hi 1Halina85. Thank you for such a positive review of the Elephant and Castle. We take great pride and care in our beer selection and you are lucky enough to have just caught the end of our whisky festival. I am happy to hear that...More

Reviewed 4 February 2017 via mobile

Popped in for one as stayed in Kensington. 4 hours later i left after sampling all the real ales. Would return.

Thank Stevieb5
Reviewed 21 January 2017 via mobile

Very good good choice of craft ales and lagers. Was very happy about Sagres on tap, great choice! Price was very honest as well. Will revise again!

Thank Joshua M
General Manager A, Manager at The Elephant & Castle Pub, responded to this review

Hi Joshua, thank you for your review but I fear it was meant for the Elephant and Castle in Camden. We're on high st Kensington.

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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
Is there a separate space for a group of say 20 people, and is there level access everywhere inc loos, for disabled elderly people. Asking ref a small wedding party.
5 October 2016|
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Response from General Manager A | Property representative |
Hi! Thanks for your interest. I'm afraid we don't have any separate areas for large groups. The floor space that we have is also pretty cosy but it is level access. Depending on which day of the week and what time you come... More
Deborah B
Dear Elephant & Castle, My Nephew and his lady are travelling to London the day after Christmas, for a week's visit. I wish to purchase a gift card for them to enjoy a dinner in your establishment. As this is a surprise, may I purchase online, and have the gift card email sent to me? I would like to give them them the gift on Christmas. I am in California, US. Thank you!!! Sincerely Deb Burns
16 December 2015|
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Response from SuzyB99 | Reviewed this property |
Deborah, I have checked the website for you and you can buy Nicholsons (the brewery) gift cards online and choose to have them sent to you or the recipient via SMS or email. Just put The Elephant and Castle, Kensington... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$5 - US$16
Bar, British, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Television
Good for
Bar Scene
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 40 Holland Street | Kensington, W8 4LT, London W8 4LT, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London
  • Phone Number: +44 20 7937 6382
You will find The Elephant and Castle in Kensington London within a short stroll of Kensington Church St, High Street Kensington and Camden Hill Road - however you won't find another like it.Step in to discover a traditional pub of unique character, revered for its eclectic range of real ales and its quality pub food, which are served, as they should be, with a generous measure of famous British hospitality.The Elephant and Castle is one of many rare gems in the Nicholson's collection of great British pubs, reputed for their distinctive buildings, intriguing history and vibrant atmosphere.