Mews and Booze: Evening Crawl of Belgravia and Knightsbridge


Mews and Booze: London Pubs Group 20th anniversary evening crawl of Belgravia and Knightsbridge
Friday, 28 September 2012

The historic pub crawl of Belgravia and Knightsbridge (Westminster) marked the 20th anniversary of the first LPG pub crawl attended by now LPG Chair, Jane Jephcote. Remarkably, all seven pubs of the 28 September 1992 crawl still exist and so the 2012 crawl took in those same pubs in the same order.

A text version of the crawl notes is here: Evening Crawl of Belgravia and Knightsbridge

1. Orange (formerly The Orange Brewery)

Exterior of The Fox & Hounds, Pimlico

Address: 37 Pimlico Road, Belgravia, SW1W 8NE
Arrive 7.00pm
Listed building: Grade II listed
London's Real Heritage Pub: no

London's Real Heritage Pubs are pubs that are featured on CAMRA's London Regional Inventory of Pub Interiors of Special Historic Interest

Architectural features:
This former brew pub was rebuilt in 1845-6 and still retains two separate rooms.

Real ales:
Adnams Topaz Gold, Caledonian Deuchars IPA and Harveys Sussex Bitter are usually available here.

Read more on the Orange, Pimlico

Directions to next pub:
Cross over St Barnabas Street and walk along Pimlico Road to the pedestrian crossing. Cross over Pimlico Road, turn left and walk down Pimlico Road to the junction with Passmore Street. Cross over Passmore Street, turn right and walk down Passmore Street to...

2. Fox and Hounds

Exterior of The Fox & Hounds, Pimlico

Address: 29 Passmore Street, Belgravia, SW1W 8HR
Arrive 7.45pm
Listed building: no
London's Real Heritage Pub: no

Architectural features:
The Fox and Hounds is an intimate Victorian street-corner local which still has a traditional feel to its interior.

Real ales:
Charles Wells Bombadier, Youngs Bitter and Youngs Special are usually available here.

Read more on the Fox and Hounds, Belgravia

Directions to next pub:
On leaving the pub, cross over Graham Terrace and walk down Graham Terrace to the junction with Bourne Street. Turn left into Bourne Street and walk down it to the junction with Cliveden Place. Cross over Cliveden Place, turn right and walk down Cliveden Place to the junction with Eaton Terrace. Turn left into Eaton Terrace and walk down it to...

3. Antelope

Exterior of The Antelope, Pimlico

Address: 22 Eaton Terrace, Belgravia, SW1W 8EZ
Arrive 8.15pm
Listed building: no
London's Real Heritage Pub: no

Architectural features:
Built in 1830, and formerly a Nicholsons house, The Antelope retains three drinking areas around an island servery.

Real ales:
Fullers Chiswick, Fullers London Pride and Fullers seasonal ales, Gales Seafarers and a guest ale are usually served here.

Read more on the Antelope, Belgravia

Directions to next pub:
Turn left out of the pub, continue along Eaton Terrace to the corner, turn right and walk along West Eaton Place to the junction with Eaton Place. Turn left and walk along Eaton Place to where it becomes Chesham Street. Continue along Chesham Street to the junction with Chesham Place. Cross over Chesham Place and continue to the junction with Belgrave Mews West. Walk down Belgrave Mews West to...

4. Star

Exterior of The Star Tavern, Belgravia

Address: 6 Belgrave Mews West, Belgravia, SW1X 8HT
Arrive 8.50pm
Listed building: Grade II
London's Real Heritage Pub: no

Architectural features:
Dating from 1848, this mews pub boasts some remaining original Victorian features, including the servery and the cornice.

Real ales:
Fullers Chiswick, Fullers ESB, Fullers London Pride and Fullers seasonal ales are usually served here.

Read more on the Star, Belgravia

Directions to next pub:
Turn left out of the pub then right into West Halkin Street. Cross over West Halkin Street and walk along it to the junction with Wilton terrace. Cross over Wilton Terrace and walk along Belgrave quare to the junction with Wilton Crescent. Turn left up Wilton Crescent and cross over to the junction with Wilton Row. Turn right into Wilton Row and walk along it to...

5. Grenadier

Exterior of The Fox & Hounds, Pimlico

Address: 18 Wilton Row, Belgravia, SW1X 7NR
Arrive 9.25pm
Listed building: no
London's Real Heritage Pub: yes

Architectural features:
Plain, three-storey Georgian frontage appears much as it did when originally built with, inside, a matchboarded dado round the walls and matchboarded bar counter.

Real ales:
Courage Directors, Fullers London Pride, Timothy Taylor Landlord and Woodfordes Wherry are usually served here.

Read more on the Grenadier, Belgravia

Directions to next pub:
Turn left out of the pub and left again, thorugh the red door and walk to the end of the passage. Turn left, then left and right into Wilton Place. Walk along Wilton Place to the junction. Cross over the road, turn left and walk along to the junction with Kinnerton Street. Walk down Kinnerton Street to the corner, turn left, continue along Kinnerton Street and cross over to...

6. Nags Head

Exterior of The Nags Head, Belgravia

Address: 53 Kinnerton Street, Belgravia, SW1X 8ED
Arrive 9.55pm
Listed building: no
London's Real Heritage Pub: no

Architectural features:
Early 19th-century pub with an unusual split-level interior and retaining an olde worlde feel.

Real ales:
Adnams Bitter, Broadside and Gunhill are available here.

Read more on the Nags Head, Belgravia

Directions to next pub:
On leaving the pub, retrace your steps to Wilton Place, turn left and continue along Wilton Place to the junction with Knightsbridge. Turn left into Knightsbridge and walk along it to the junction with Sloane Street. Cross over Sloane Street and continue along Knightsbridge to...

7. Paxton's Head

Exterior of The Paxton

Address: 153 Knightsbridge, SW1X 7PA
Arrive 10.30pm
Listed building: Grade II listed
London's Real Heritage Pub: yes

Architectural features:
Built in 1900-2, the name commemorates Joseph Paxton who designed the Crystal Palace. Superlative etched and cut glass line the walls. Dating from 1902 are the ornate stillion and the central lobby with clock.

Real ales:
Black Sheep Bitter, Courage Best, Fullers London Pride, Greene King Old Golden Hen; and Youngs London Gold are usually served here.

Read more on the Paxton's Head, Knightsbridge


The Regional Inventory descriptions in these notes are extracts from the following book
London Heritage Pubs: An Inside Story -by Jane Jephcote and Geoff Brandwood