This pub was editorially chosen for inclusion by Londonist, and nominated by several readers.
Oh the happy memories we've accumulated in this place over the years. Lurking away from the main roads, half-way down the film-set terrace of Roupell Street, the King's Arms might lazily be declared a 'hidden gem'. Judging by the crowds who find the place every evening, there's nothing very 'hidden' about it. Turn up of an afternoon, however, and you'll find the perfect corner pub for a quiet pint.
The front space is split into public and saloon bars — terms that don't mean very much these days — either of which offers a pleasant and traditional drinking environment. The famous back room is a very different proposition — a spacious hall bathed in photons from the skylights (take the Street View tour). It's sold inexpensive Thai food for as long as we can remember, and very good it is, too.
There's a strong, strong emphasis on real ale, with nine on draught (be sure to walk round the full horseshoe of the bar to find them all) and plenty of interesting bottles.