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Kings Arms

Address: 25 Roupell Street, Waterloo, London SE1 8TB
Telephone: 020 7207 0784

Deceptively large backstreet pub close to Waterloo mainline and tube stations and Southwark tube station. The Kings Arms sits in an attractive terrace street and its appearance is completely in keeping with the adjacent houses.

Photo of the Kings Arms, Waterloo

The Kings Arms, Waterloo

Once through the front door you initially appear to be in a cosy two-roomed pub laid out around a central bar. Walk further back through the pub though and you find yourself in a larger back room with many more tables. There’s even a garden out at the back. The surprising different areas reminded me of my first visit to the Water Poet near Liverpool Street station.

There are hand pumps serving different beers on both faces of the bar so it can be hard to build up a true picture of the wide selection of real ales available. A few Marston’s choices are present including Jennings Cumberland and a superb Banks’s Mild on a previous visit. I’ve heard that Dark Star beers are a favourite here and I can see why as the quality of the Hophead would rival that of the Harp just over the river in Charing Cross.

Food is available at lunchtimes and in the evenings but I’ve not eaten here.

The Kings Arms effortlessly moves into the ‘Best pub in Waterloo’ slot. And it’s conveniently close to the stations as well. How did I ever miss it before?

Last visited: January 2019

Good Beer, Good Pubs rating: 4.5 stars out of 5

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One Response to “Kings Arms”

  1. JdeP says:

    Everyone agrees it’s the best pub in the area (unless you want a bigscreen experience), so it can get very crowded, especially for the first few hours after 5pm, before people catch their trains home. The Thai food served in the back room is fresh and delicious. Do not be deterred by the “Reserved” signs on the tables — this just means: “reserved for diners”, it does not mean that someone has a reservation. Ask the Thai waitress, who will probably seat you immediately.

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