Nag's Head

Nag's Head

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Prepare to be admonished. This notoriously fussy pub won't tolerate mobile phones, customers sitting at tables that are too large for their group, or curious snoopsters taking a peek down the adjacent private mews. (All three drew a comment on one visit... and we were only there for 45 minutes.) We'd half expect a moany email telling us to take these surreptitiously taken photos down, only we suspect the bar staff have never heard of the internet.

The ceiling of the Nag's Head pub in Knightsbridge

So, if you're sensitive to that 'we do things our way' attitude, then avoid at all costs. If, however, you quite like to see a bit of character then the Nag's Head has more than any pub in London. By a long way.

The crooked wooden interior is split onto two levels, with one bar serving both. The staff have been known to leap over the lower bar, which contains no flaps. We even spotted one of them... well, better not say in case it gets them into trouble. It's _that_ kind of place.

The interior of the Nag's Head in Knightsbridge

Publican Kevin Moran (not the Republic of Ireland footballer) is the latest in a short line of landlords — the place only had five since the late-Victorian period (Moran's manned the pumps since 1982). Look out for the pump handles — they're over 150 years old and made from Chelsea pottery.

One arm bandits outside the toilets in the Nags Head Knightsbridge

The pub is decorated all around with other unlikely baubles, such as vintage one-arm bandits and a pair of Edwardian ice skates. Despite its fierce independence, it only dispenses ho-hum Adnams brews. Odd. We haven't tried the food, but reviews on other sites do not paint the most nourishing of pictures. This is a pub in which you will go through all the emotions.

A collection of oddments over the bar at the Nag's Head in Knightsbridge

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Address: 53 Kinnerton Street London SW1X 8ED

Phone: 020 7235 1135

Ha, forget it.

Monday: 11am-11pm

Tuesday: 11am-11pm

Wednesday: 11am-11pm

Thursday: 11am-11pm

Friday: 11am-11pm

Saturday: 11am-11pm

Sunday: 11am-10.30pm

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