You’ll find The Lost Hours on the King’s Road, just skirting the edge of Fulham.
Which, of course, means that it claims to be in Chelsea.
And in spirit at least, it certainly is. Like many Chelsea-ites, it’s extremely pretty & filled with a lot of alcohol… but like many Fulham-its, it’s also very relaxed and quite fun. Which makes for an extremely pleasant combination. When it comes to cocktail bars, that is.
It’s all quite large, set across three distinct areas – upstairs, downstairs, and outside – and each has its own blend of vintage fittings, playful colours, and just enough Victorian-style eccentricity to keep things interesting without ever descending into a full-on quirk-fest. Take the upstairs lounge for instance, where you’ll find a subtle trio of upside down plant pots (complete with plants) dangling from the vaulted ceiling above the rather plush scattered sofas. Just enough quirkiness to keep things interesting. It’s the outside space that really shines though; it’s absolutely huge, with its own BBQ and bar servicing a sunken garden that’s covered in the winter by a gigantic marquee-style roof.
If you’re in the market for a cocktail, the barkeep will furnish you with the Sands of Time (Bourbon, Port, and orange bitters), the rum & coffee laced Wake Up Call, and the tall & refreshing Ticker whose gin is offset with a dash of thyme syrup and lemon juice. And if you’re not in the market for a cocktail, well, there are all the requisite beers & wines here too.
The food aspect of the equation is taken care of by a menu of half a dozen pizzas, and although they’re not going to change your life, they will at least briefly fill it with toppings like roasted squash, chorizo, and sriracha. And on weekends there’s a bottomless brunch; 90mins of infinite bubbly to wash down eggs benny, croque monsieur, and smashed avocado on toast.
Definitely a good place to lose a few hours.
NOTE: The Lost Hours is open now. You can find out more and make a booking at their website right HERE.
The Lost Hours | 541 King’s Road, Fulham, SW6 2EB