The Churchill Arms

Raise your hand if you like Thai food. Now if you like pubs. Okay, this one may be trickier, raise your hand if you like Winston Churchill. This last one may seem odd, but I studied history in grad school. World War II to be exact. Earlier this year I passed The Churchill Arms pub and made a mental note to go there.  That was five months ago. My memory isn’t what it used to be. However, I finally remembered and last Monday we took the day off and decided to be lazy in pubs.

When we approached the pub the better half said, “I’ve been meaning to bring you here.” Does anyone believe in fate? As soon as I walked in, I knew I was in love. The walls and ceiling are covered in historical memorabilia. I wish I had more photos to show you, but everything was covered with spider webs. Not real ones, but ones they put up for Halloween. Trust me I didn’t get bored looking at all of the stuff.

 

The second selling point for me was the fireplace. It was a chilly afternoon so we camped out by it. They don’t mess around when they have one going and we had to take turns sitting by the fire since one of us would get too hot.

At first we only stopped off for some drinks. Then we lingered. Eventually I got hungry and asked to see a menu. That’s when I discovered that there was a Thai restaurant in the back of the pub. The better half is not a huge fan of Thai. I love it. Now I have a pub that the better half likes and I can have one of my favorite foods. I thoroughly enjoyed the spicy Pad Kee Mao. Have I mentioned yet how much I love The Churchill Arms?

According to their website, the pub was erected in 1750. In the 1800s, Winston Churchill’s grandparents were habitual patrons of the pub. It’s also the first pub in London to serve Thai food. And if you haven’t noticed in the pictures, they love flowers and plants. They are the only pub to have been victorious in the Chelsea flower show.

This is the entrance to the washroom.

The pub is located on Kensington Church Street. If you are in the area, I highly recommend it. If you are a WWII nut, like me, I suggest finding this pub. I give it 5 out of 5 stars.

About TBM

TB Markinson is an American living in England. When she isn’t writing, she’s traveling the world, watching sports on the telly, visiting pubs, or reading. Not necessarily in that order.
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31 Responses to The Churchill Arms

  1. IsobelandCat says:

    An admirable addition to your pub collection.

  2. Wow, the outside of that place is wild (pun intended :)). You must add this to our list! When I visited London I didn’t know much about Churchill, but after visiting the Churchill Museum and the Cabinet War Rooms, I came away with a great fascination and respect for the man. I even bought a little book of his quotations! That pub looks amazing!!

  3. Novroz says:

    I love its outside appearance. The inside also looks cozy, but the outside is beautiful.

  4. TheBlackTwig says:

    I love Thai food. And what an interesting facade this pub has.

  5. Lucid Gypsy says:

    You’ve certainly sold this one to me!

  6. lynnsbooks says:

    OMG the outside is amazing, it looks like it’s been taken over! Great picture and it sounds a lovely pub, plus I do love thai food and always happy to find somewhere new.
    Lynn 😀

  7. Looks like a pub situated in a secret garden – so lush and fabulous.

  8. Jo Bryant says:

    I an so convinced after seeing the entrance to the washroom

  9. Northern Narratives says:

    Wow, I think this one is my favorite so far 🙂

  10. bebs1 says:

    I’d enter any place with beautiful gardens. And it is a bonus that they also offer Thai food. Wow!

  11. The Guat says:

    I love Thai Food. I love pubs. I love Winston Churchill. Three for three. Great post and good to know. If I ever make it out there to your neck of the woods I will definitely look it up and look you up too, for a drink 🙂

  12. Georgia says:

    I used to go to a pub in Sydney that had a Thai restaurant and lots of plants. I think it is a great combination

  13. This pub has it all. I think I would just love it.

    I’m a fan of Churchill too! There is a bookstore here in NYC called Chartwell dedicated to all things Winston Churchill. They have his entire collection of writings including some rare first editions. When I was in London years ago I found the Churchill museum and Imperial War Museum to be absolutely marvelous. I could have spent all day there.

  14. zelmare says:

    This looks absolutely delightful! I vaguely remember a place I saw in London near Harrod’s – I must go back and look at my pictures. I just remember noticing this place with all the plants around the outside. I would love to go sit around the fire on a cool day, and relax with a few beers. :0

  15. Fergiemoto says:

    Cool! I certainly like all the planters and flowers!

  16. T.F.Walsh says:

    Wow.. that place is gorgeous.. i want to go there:)

  17. The pub’s entrance alone is a vision that says, “Fun and exciting.” And it is and much , much more. Beautiful pictures that makes me wish I was there. Oh, I do like Thai food, so with Pub, amazing places and Halloween.

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