Jul 28 16

The Hour Glass, Brompton Road, SW3

Jack Cutforth

Visited: 3 July by JC & JB

imageThis is a tiny pub (even by London standards) a short stagger from the museums of South Kensington, tucked on Brompton Road among all of the massive shiny 4×4 off-road vehicles which serve no purpose in the most urbanised area of the country other than as proof of their owner’s abundance of wealth and lack of taste.

It’s been renovated fairly recently, but you can tell that they wanted it to retain a ‘proper pub’ vibe, particularly downstairs. It’s relaxed, tastefully decorated and there are old fashioned board games on offer to while away the hours. More entertaining though is to grab a seat or simply perch by the windows and watch the world go by.

We were particularly entertained by a flustered man who was taking so long to drive out of his parking space that we finished our pints in the time it took him to get away. Of course it’s perfectly possible that right now that man is talking about the time he saw a couple of bedraggled alcoholics who were so desperate for booze that they’d downed their pints in the time it took him to get in his car and drive off. It’s all about perspective.

They’ve made the most of the small amount of space, using the upstairs as a dedicated dining room and leaving downstairs as a more traditional feeling pub (though you’re welcome to eat there too). There’s a small but serviceable selection of lagers and ales on tap, most of which hover around the £5 mark which considering the area really isn’t too bad.

A nice little spot to take a break from the museum crowds and enjoy a pint in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere.

Beer: 3
Price: 3
Service: 4
Atmosphere: 4

Do they do food? Yes, dedicated dining upstairs and also posh bar snacks.
Are they in the 21st Century? Contactless and all that.
Are there dogs? Yep, they’ll provide a water bowl if you ask nicely.
I want to smoke: Stand on the street outside.