Take the right turning through an archway off Carnaby Street, or a small passageway between buildings on Beak Street, and you’ll find yourself in a hidden Soho courtyard.
Which is no mean feat, considering Kingly Court is a huge, multi-coloured, festoon-lit quadrangle with a year-round outdoor courtyard lined by three storeys of independent restaurants, bars and shops.
Here are the Kingly Court venues truly worth a visit:
THE BEST KINGLY COURT BARS
Tucked right at the entrance to Kingly Court (and easily missed), Nightjar Carnaby shares all the same subterranean glamour, award-winning cocktails and nightly live music as its Shoreditch forebear, but with a Central London postcode. The aesthetic here is more 70s than the art deco of the original, combining cabaret tables within touching distance of the stage with low-lit, conspiratorial nooks. Book a table
Ludicrously beautiful, Disrepute looks like a cross between a 1920s train carriage and a Stanley Kubrick-designed space station. All low ceilings, conspiratorial corners and velvet-boothed archways, it’s home to an enigmatic cocktail list where drinks are described by short stories, not ingredients – which, if you could read them, would include the likes of Babycham reduction, honey mead and peach cognac. Book a table, or just walk in
Underground-themed bars: a great spot to get a roundel in.
Especially Cahoots – arguably London’s best retro bar dressed up like a fictional tube station, complete with subway tiling, old tube memorabilia and an entire vintage train carriage inside. Peruse the daily paper – where you’ll find their creative cocktails inspired by the Blitz era – before joining the lindy-hop dancers swinging to vintage DJ sets. Book a table
PS. Check out their sister bar opposite, Ticket Hall
THE BEST KINGLY COURT RESTAURANTS
Korean Dinner Party
Korean Dinner Party isn’t your average London dinner party. Firstly; The duo behind Mr Ji’s food, Ana Gonçalves and Zijun Meng, have created the menu. Secondly; They’ve brought a slice of LA’s Koreatown to Kingly Court with ketchup and mustard smothered corn dogs, DIY tacos and creative dessert cocktails (including one that incorporates soju and champagne into a Yakult base). Thirdly; It’s acceptable to show without an invitation (though it would also be wise to book ahead). Lastly; You don’t need to help out with the dishes at the end… Book a table
The Good Egg
The Good Egg is a great little New York-Jewish-deli-meets-Middle-Eastern-restaurant set on the ground floor of Kingly Court. Served within beautiful teal, gold and rosy pink interiors, the food here is excellent at any time of day – from babka French toast and hot, doughy pastries topped with mushroom, tahini and ‘fudgy’ egg; to lunchtime challah breads and bagels; to sharing feasts of pastrami short rib or goat shawarma with cornbread and honey butter under the stars outside. Book a table
Imad’s Syrian Kitchen
Imad’s Syrian Kitchen is run by a Syrian refugee named Imad Alarnab. And his story’s pretty extraordinary. He was one of the most famous chefs in Damascus, then civil war forced him to flee to Europe, eventually making it to the UK where he started a pop up restaurant and donated the proceeds to charity. Now he has a permanent restaurant. And what a place it is too: friendly staff; great food; and Imad’s often there welcoming guests himself. Book a table
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A trio of chefs from Michelin-starred eatery Le Gavroche now devote their time to the art of the gourmet kebab. Housed in an elegant and spacious dining room, with blue tiled walls and a sharp concrete counter surrounding the open kitchen, Le Bab is the place to head whenever you have the very specific, and yet common craving for pork shawarma and pickled kohlrabi kebabs, with fondue-slathered double-cooked fries, frothy pink cocktails and an ice cream sandwich. Book a table
Your pizza pilgrimage is over. See, the duo behind PP made a painstaking trip across Italy, learning how to optimise every aspect of the pizza-making process from local artisans and pizzaiolos, meaning that the bakes they offer here are pretty much scientifically proven to be the best possible pizzas. Choose your topping, like fennel pork sausage or mushroom and truffle; order a house-made limoncello; and savour the fruits of their labour. Book a table
Señor Ceviche is only marginally more colourful on the plates than off them – the interiors are an eclectic, fluorescent mix of mosaic-patterned flooring, festoon lighting, Peruvian posters and primrose yellow banquette seating. Which should go some way to preparing you for the wackiness on the menu, like marinated beef heart skewers; BBQ Jerusalem artichoke ceviche; sweet potato profiteroles and Old Fashioneds made with cherry, mushroom and pine tree-infused pisco. Book a table
Last Updated: 25th November 2022
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