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Hoop & Toy

#13,486 of 18,252 Restaurants in London
$$ - $$$, British,
34 Thurloe Place | South Kensington, London SW7 2HQ, England
+44 20 7589 8360
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  • Excellent17%
  • Very good35%
  • Average21%
  • Poor11%
  • Terrible16%
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Bar, British, Pub
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34 Thurloe Place | South Kensington, London SW7 2HQ, England
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Another enjoyable lunch with my family in London. Nice pub and usual pub menu. Great food and drinks. It’s busy place.

Thank Rambo380
Reviewed 1 week ago

An English pub, agreeable lager, surprisingly crowded on a Wednesday afternoon. You'll get your pint here but I would not have liked to stay much longer.

Thank Eric_Greeney
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

After the visit the beautiful National Museum we decide to stop for food. The lady at the bar was very rude and unpleased (curly hair, short, maybe East European by the accent). The Asian lady at the bar was very polite and friendly. The food...More

Thank Nick D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

After visiting Science Museum we wanted to have a pub meal. Ordered our drinks and meals at the bar. The barwoman came to clean our table as it was messy after the previous guests. It was a small table with 4 seats but we were...More

Thank Judith222
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

First of all, the food and beer were good, and the price was average for London. My friend had a hamburger with toasted bread instead of a bun which she said was really good. I had the steak and ale pie, and it was excellent....More

Thank schafferde
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Packed to the hilt, with the staff doing theirs best to serve the busy bar. It was full of teenagers and underage drinkers as well as people off to Christmas parties. It was a little grotty and sweaty, and while service was as quick a...More

Thank nomadlad
Reviewed 11 December 2017 via mobile

We visited the science museum and wanted to watch the rugby after. After googling bars showing the game, this one was the closest. Seemed like everyone else had the same idea as the bar was packed. It took us ages to get served and typical...More

Thank Cornwallfoodie44
Reviewed 21 November 2017 via mobile

Had trouble understanding the member of staff who served us and with trying to order food for a vegan member of our party. No baby seats and a very restricted children’s menu. Burgers were good, the lamb pie meal was a bit on the small...More

Thank RobertEva411
Reviewed 19 November 2017

Myself and 7 of my friends visited the Science Museum than went to the Hoop & Toy after for some food, we ordered the burger platters an the fish platters which were delicious for pub grub. A girl & a guy invited us upstairs to...More

Thank Adiash2011
Reviewed 12 November 2017 via mobile

There are no good pubs in South Kensington. I ought to have remembered this fact. I came in here a few years ago and realised now why I did not return. Beer ok but toilets are disgusting. Lots of graffiti and clearly not serviced yet...More

Thank sheepygold
South Kensington
With its ivied mews, row upon row of Poppins-esque
white washed mansions, and placid garden squares, it's
easy to see the charms of South Kensington. And with
superb access to Hyde Park, Holland Park and
Kensington Gardens, as well as the largely
child-friendly and mostly free Museum Quarter (not to
mention more major attractions like Royal Albert Hall)
such charms are easy to make the most of. As welcoming
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$19 - US$21
Bar, British, Pub
Lunch, Drinks
Restaurant features
Television, Buffet, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi
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Bar Scene
Open Hours
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 34 Thurloe Place | South Kensington, London SW7 2HQ, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > South Kensington
  • Neighbourhood: South Kensington
  • Phone Number: +44 20 7589 8360
It is the oldest established pub in this area of Knightsbridge dating back almost 500 years with it being licenced premises since 1760, formerly called the Hoops and Grapes. It has played host to royalty and film stars alike as Lord Rothschild entertained both George III and George IV and the pub itself featured in a Roman Polanski film. When the first London congestion charge came into force in 1796, the owner built another pub just 1 mile up the road in Knightsbridge called The Bunch of Grapes, and as such changed the name of the pub. The renamed Hoop and Toy now had an added stable to look after commuters’ horses for the day, to avoid the daily charge levied at the Brompton Gate where the Victoria & Albert Museum stands today. The 'Toy' is symbolic of a rum soaked leather bound peg which could be placed in a horse's mouth to stop it grinding its teeth or biting its gums. The original building suffered fire damage in an incident that started at a bakery just three doors east of the pub, and was re-opened at great expense by the new owner Lord Rothschild in 1885. It had many high class patrons including two King George's. The current building dates back to just after World War II as much of this area suffered damage from bombing raids as can be seen from the museum walls along Exhibition Road. The Hoop and Toy’s basement is claimed to be haunted. The story goes that it was formerly part of a grave site. The bodies of Priests were said to be bound and entombed in the underlays of the building. When the tube stations were built, the railway workers disturbed their graves, and subsequently their route to the monasteries and Churches in London were obstructed. As a result, the souls of the priests wonder the pub, creeping up and down the stairs as they attempt to find an alternative route to their places of worship. In later years, the pub was featured in several brief scenes in the classic 1960’s film ‘Repulsion’. The traditional decor is enhanced by old books, rustic ornaments and framed prints and cartoons. The Hoop & Toy offers a comfortable, relaxing and friendly place to have something to drink and eat for both locals and tourists. It is so convenient for all the museums in the South Kensington area you can even view the domed façade of the Victoria & Albert museum from its doorstep. The area has also been home to well-known people from the past included Howard Carter who discovered the tomb of Tutankhamun, poet T S Elliot and renowned film maker Alfred Hitchcock.
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