The Churchill Arms in Kensington has out-Christmassed every single pub in London.
Some say it isn’t Christmas until the Coca-Cola ad appears. Other say it isn’t Christmas until December 1st. Both are right, of course, but we think the surest sign of impending Christmas is the grand switch-on of The Churchill Arms‘ Christmas lights.
Personally, I feel this Kensington boozer has established the perfect level of festive-ness (we’ve never been ones for subtlety here at Secret London). I don’t want to think what the electricity bill is going be at the end of the year, but given that The Churchill Arms drops £25,000 on flowers every year, they’ve definitely got the cash. It’s totally worth it, too.
Roughly 80 Christmas trees festoon the pub, with a whopping 18,000 lights covering the exterior.
If you fancy paying The Churchill Arms a visit, you’ll find it at 119 Kensington Church Street, W8 7LN – it’s just a stone’s throw away from Notting Hill Gate tube. Head inside for wartime memorabilia (pictures, banners, and other odds and ends are scattered throughout), beer and delicious Thai food.
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