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CLOSED for demolition. One of four pubs lost as a result of the 'Victoria Circle' redevelopment.
davidb - 17 Oct 2012 12:57
More ordinary than the nearby Bag o Nails. The sole real ale (Youngs London Gold) was off - although they didn't charge us - but with 4 empty pumps and one serving cider I was soon off without parting with cash.

No reason to go back as there are better ordinary pubs nearby
twineyboy - 19 Sep 2012 22:21
I enjoy going to The Kings Arms these days, always get served quickly and all the staff seem to be nice and friendly in there. You get a better reception in here than most of the other pubs in Victoria these days. Keep up the good work Julio :-)
thaiscubadiver - 18 Jun 2011 14:43
Not a bad pub, not really my type of place. Nice staff but food service incredibly slow and not exiting
anonymous - 3 Jun 2010 18:43
This pub is about to get a new manager. I know him from another pub in the area and guarantee this pub will improve within the next few weeks.
beercritic - 23 May 2010 05:35
This place stinks of stale beer and needs a good clean. Beer is sometimes OK, often not, and short measures seem to be the policy despite the high prices. Service can be very slow too.
drinker999 - 15 Feb 2010 16:53
Nothing special - just one in a row of uninteresting pubs in the immediate area around Victoria station. Two ales were on when I was there, both very average. Hardly a pub I will re-visit.
Bard - 4 Oct 2009 14:58
Unexceptional pub, with a small bar and unenthusiastic staff. Only two of the four handpumps had forward-facing clips, but at least Old Speckled Hen was OK when they got round to serving it...
rpadam - 28 Sep 2009 22:39
A bit too close to Victoria and while not nearly as bad as the Shakespeare it is a bit of a "station pub". Didn't find the bar staff too friendly at all and was glad to finish my pint and head off home.
murgatroyd - 12 Sep 2009 09:20
I didn’t like this pub as I found the barman to be curt and all four of the ales were off. My pint of Guinness wasn’t the best and it was served with over an inch of head, which is disgraceful.

The toilets were a mess with water all over the floor and the tiny cubicle had crap all over the seat and there was no loo paper. This is all on a Sunday whilst hardly anyone was in the pub and the barman spent most of his time scratching his balls.

I’ll not be returning.
Strongers - 15 Jul 2009 09:48
Nice loking pub inside and out, beer is very hit and miss, had a great pint of bombadier last week, but the time before that the youngs was pure vinagar. too many foriegn staff.
bedbob - 27 Jan 2009 15:26
One of the best in the immediate area. Clean surroundings, decent booze and friendly service.
2rachel - 25 Aug 2008 18:24
Currently boarded up, signage removed.
rainlight - 15 Mar 2008 09:47
The review below (by Badgerballs) is an obvious attempt to discredit a fine pub. Never having been myself, I still object to blatant lies - I speak as a former Queens Lifeguard when I say they would never indulge in such behaviour in a pub toilet.
A friend of mine was a regular for years, said they had the best ales in London. He only stopped going when the landlord's chronic halitosis began to spoil the beer.
senberbex - 17 Oct 2007 10:51
Regarded as one of the closest pubs to Buckingham Palace, the Kings Arms has a few skeletons in its cupboard. It is frequented by fresh off duty Palace Guards. They say that the black helmets they wear are made from bear skin; well I saw a few bare-skinned helmets in the gents! Those bogs are the bumming capital of the world. Also, being a dragon of St George does not grant you licence to chase the dragon. The amount of tin foil and needles in the urinals is a disgrace!
badgerballs - 16 Oct 2007 17:13
What to make of The Kings Arms? Well, I paid a visit last Friday (5th Oct) and left a satisfied customer. The interior is rather rustic and homely and grabbing a section all to myself in the corner, I found the place to have a definite cosiness. I wish they’d paint the yellow smoke-stained wallpaper though. Ales on offer included Young’s Bitter, London Pride and an expertly poured (at least it was for me!) Bombardier. Fellow clientele seemingly tend to be local workers and the odd tourist. To round things off, I would like to add that the jukebox was well stocked. Expect to here, rock, pop and classics from yesteryear. I don’t think I could withstand a session in here, but a quick visit certainly won’t disappoint.
HTM69 - 7 Oct 2007 13:12
Used to be a really good pub years ago but unfortunately a succession of bad managers has made it one the worst pubs in the area
beercritic - 5 Aug 2007 08:51
Really dirty pub, noticed they had dinner plates left out upstairs from the afternoon.,The beer was below standard too,Pride was off even though they didnt turn the clip around as seems to be the habit these days.
Henners - 23 Jun 2007 20:34
It can get quite busy but its a reasonable enough place. Friendly staff.
WaitorseBoyz - 4 Jan 2007 14:18
It's got plenty of character for a pub near the station. Popular the The Big Bus people who have their HQ nearby.
douvres - 8 Dec 2006 19:52
3 ales; very noisy and smoky - but then I'd expected that, thanks to other commenters.
doddsy - 15 Nov 2006 16:19
It was an OK pub near a big train station. They had a guest ale and 2 more. Some old decor left. Not amazing but OK if you're passing, which I have a few times of late.
mitomighty - 26 Sep 2006 13:32
FattusBlokus says "Welcome Back FattusBlokus - Nice to have you back behind the Bar again!!"

Good drink had by all in here last night - it was a WKD evening !!

What happened to the Grapes though ???
FattusBlokus - 6 Apr 2006 13:09
Small cosy pub, nice staff... had a good time in here. V. friendly drinking crowd! (check out their lights above the bar..they look like Lemon Squeezers!!)
bubbles83 - 1 Apr 2006 11:40
Why not watch the football at home ? Or, and I know this might sound revolutionary, how about doing what footie fans often do - Go to the game and cheer your team on. It was, after all, a game of vital importance.

Guinness tasted fine to me on Wednesday though !!
BiggusDickuss - 3 Mar 2006 13:34
Only came in as we knew they were screening the football . Lacks any real character - you could be in any number of average pub.
My mate pronounced his Guinness as the worst he's ever tasted. The Old Speckled Hen was a tasty drop though.
PennieT - 2 Mar 2006 14:15
Great Pub - Great Staff. Friendly crowd of punters - shame the Brewery seems reluctant to spend any money on it though.

Best Pub in Victoria by miles - see you in there !!!!
FattusBlokus - 5 Feb 2006 11:11
Visited 17 Nov 05. This pub has a strange feel to it, which I can't quite put my finger on. The Big Bus employees who seem to be the main clientele should make it feel like a local, and yet the feeling is that this is more of a transit pub, somewhere you go before going somewhere else.

4 real ales on offer, which were in average condition, which suprised me, as the landlord seems very smug and proud about the quality of his ale.

I came away thinking that I had rather wasted my evening, and yet I can't really say anything wholly detrimental about the place. I guess that average sums it up.
cackgsy - 18 Nov 2005 09:31
Friendly bar staff and I was pleased to hear a Muse CD blaring out but that's all this place has going for it. Made the mistake of coming here for lunch the other day instead of going to the deli across the road. Food was clearly bought in and microwaved - a point to which I should've been alerted when I noticed the menu displayed outside was identical to one down the road only a quid cheaper for the most part. Inside it had on the menu cover 'The Kings Arms... Fantastic Food' (did they steal it from a different Kings Arms one has to wonder?)

I ordered the pie of the day which looked nice but on attempting to eat it I found its casing was made of what must be a clever new cement that looks just like pastry. Rock solid and unpenetrable by the average knife. It was accompanied by soggy, tinned carrots and mange tout with sub-standard microwaved chips and dark Bisto gravy (on a chicken and ham pie? Why?)

To top it off I had the delight of a mounthful of fag smoke with every bite, courtesy of the large, whingy woman on the neighbouring table. They do have a no smoking section upstairs which I initially went to sit in but left pretty quickly as it stank of those urinal cake thingys which appeared to be covering up the natural stench of fustiness. Fags or the gents? A tough choice... The pint of Youngs I had was lifeless and dull. All in all, a dreadful, dreadul mistake.
Cleversaz - 30 Sep 2005 12:38
Had several lovely pints of Brains on a quiet Sunday evening - fairly cosy, has an upstairs room for hire apparently. Also on offer were usual Fullers, Bombardier etc.
katstevens - 22 Aug 2005 12:09
Have to agree with the other comments - not a particularly inspiring pub. Ok for a quick pint when deciding where to move on to but wouldn't spend an evening in there.
lennie384 - 11 Apr 2005 12:03
bog standard after-work drinks pub with average food.
rachelgroves - 6 Dec 2004 11:35
Standard pub but with extra grottiness. Not good.
Martin - 18 Mar 2004 17:18
Yes is a very good pub
gringo72 - 18 Mar 2004 15:35

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