Janet’s Bar

At This South Kensington Bar, It’s Just You, Your Friends, Some Quirky Decorations and the Barman (plus his brother).

To some, public drinking around Christmas time can be a chore and some bars and pubs can be as intimate as the rush hour tube. Others appear to serve as stalking grounds for happy hour predators and when you finally find a place to drink, it can be hard to find a chair and get your glass refilled. Janet’s Bar, is located in South Kensington, London and attached to the Brompton Hotel. About as wide as the human arm span (with very long arms) – it was a perfect find on Christmas Eve.

Bartender plus his brother at Janet's Bar
Bartender plus his brother at Janet’s Bar, South Kensington, London.

The real feat is that this spot somehow manages to feel both decades old and totally fresh all at once. We were made feel very welcome and had a pleasant chat with one of the easygoing bartenders from Romania, who is also a very talented self-taught artist. We enjoyed our drinks and tortilla chips on the house and the bartenders were knowledgable about beers and wines so be sure to ask them for recommendations. As long as you’re not obnoxious or already too intoxicated, they’ll treat you just fine. It’s a quiet place to get a simple, affordable beer, cocktail or glass of wine and in this neighbourhood, that’s increasingly rare. The seating is somewhat limited, though it’s all in the very friendly service and this local gem of a bar in South Kensington is far from dead.

Janet’s Bar, 30 Old Brompton Road, London SW7 3DL, UK.

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