Buckingham Arms

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Buckingham ArmsBuckingham Arms

Type: Bar, Store

62 Petty France
London, England, SW1H 9EU
United Kingdom

+44 (0)871 984 1163 | map

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Added by wl0307 on 06-11-2006

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Reviews: 3 | Ratings: 3
Photo of breadwinner
4.39/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25

Easy little jaunt from Westminster Abbey, this is a fine spot for a quick bite and pint. Kinda artsy-chic decor for a pub, with quotes from Oscar Wilde and Samuel Johnson adorning the walls. Skylight lights up the place nicely in the day time. Friendly service at the bar, solid food selections (typical London prices, though sandwiches, as always, are cheap), and a decent assortment of Wells/Youngs brews, plus a couple guests (typically at least one from Sambrooks). Young's Bitter was in fine form on our trip. Welcome respite from the crowds around Parliament/Westminster.

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Photo of Ruds
3.83/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3

A reasonably priced boozer for central London

This Young's pub is one of 2 London ever presents in the Good Beer Guide since it's inception (the other being the Star in Belgravia)

Since the last review this pub has had an extensive refurbishment and is all the better for it in my opinion

large leather chairs, wooden flooring, rugs on the floor and quite a bit lighter and brighter than before

The previously mentioned passageway on the left hand side of the pub (as you enter) still exists, but as with the rest of the pub is brighter than it used to be

Same mix of office workers and locals (who tend to be long standing office workers in the area) as before, however, having drank in here pre and post refurb (April/May 08 from memory) I think it is now a busier and more thriving pub, certainly 16.30 - 19.30 post work and particularly on a Friday night

Beer range tends to be 3 youngs on cask, Bitter, Special and a seasonal (winter warmer on my last visit, Kew Gold on an early autumn drink up last year). Also tends to be one guest ale (from a limited range of breweries). St Austell Tribute often being the one in question.

Whilst Young's may not be my favourite beer, I've always had a top notch pint in the Buck.

Be warned (as with many London pubs) - limited weekend opening hours. I last ventured in there on a Saturday (back in Nov 09) and it was just closing at 6pm! I don't imagine it is open on a Sunday, so best checking if you're planning a weekend trip here.

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Photo of wl0307
3.86/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

A Young's pub half-way b/w St. Jame's Park and Victoria stations, it's interestingly situated right behind the Home Office buildings. From the outside it gives an old-ish feel, with semi-transparent and framed glass windows and two separate entraces. Once getting inside, one should immediately spot s/he's in good hands for real ales, and back some decades in London's modern history~~

The spacious front area is occupied by a very long bar, a sitting area at the very front, wall-fitted narrow side-tables opposite to the bar ideal for standing punters to drink and chat. The decor is quite old-ish too, featuring wood-panelled walls and a long top shelf behind the bar with plenty of lovely old Toby jugs on display, extending all the way from the very front to a higher, glass ceiling serving to divide the pub into two parts. The space extends further to a spacious rear sitting area, where one'd find a separate food counter. An easily-overlooked, narrow, side-corridor area at the left hand side of the pub is almost isolated and pretty dim, but it does add some interesting atmosphere to the old-ish pub.

The beer range is quite standard for any Young's pub, with 7 handpumps on work serving but 3 house ales (Bitter, Special, and a seasonal: St. George's), plus the full range of bottled beers. The condition is really good, as is the service from the young bar staff. As it's frequented by thirsty Home Office workers after work, I could easily tell the real locals from the office people simply by what they drink: elder locals--a jug of Young's something; office-workers--a pint of fizzy lager. But the slightly hyper and lively atmosphere doesn't drag down the easy/relaxing atmosphere throughout the place.

All in all, I quite like this Young's pub, for the quality of real ales, friendly service, and the ideal location for it to retain a traditional feel setting it apart from other "modern" drinking holes in that area.

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Buckingham Arms in London, GB2, United Kingdom
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