Churchill Arms

119 Kensington Church Street,
W8 7LN

A popular Fuller’s pub, which is often very busy as much of its clientele is attracted by the excellent Thai food. It was built in the Victorian era but given a complete internal refit between the wars. There would have been separate rooms, of course, at that time but all the partitions have gone leaving a U-shaped drinking area. But most of the rest of the c.1930 work survives. The windows are very attractive with their canted bays and charming stained glass details. Then there is the bar counter, most of which has panels with triple mouldings round it, though the smaller, right-hand counter is much plainer. This makes it clear that the bars must have been separated by a partition and, if you look closely, you can see in the window-sill a small piece of patching where the old screen stood. The walls are extensively panelled and there are a couple of pretty tiled fireplaces.

There are also two sets of snob-screens mounted on the counter: what age they are is a moot point. When the present licensee came in the mid-1980s they formed a continuous run but it’s hard to believe such an intrusive feature would have been put in during the 1930s when people favoured unencumbered counters. It’s likely they were a later restoration.

The Churchill Arms Featured on the Evening Crawl of West London in August 2005, and the Daytime Crawl of Notting Hill, Kensington and Bayswater in February 2008.