The Greyhound

1 Kensington Square, London, W8 5EP
Call: 020 7937 7140

A Charming Pub in London’s Kensington Square

On the corner of leafy Kensington Square is the Greyhound, a charming pub offering a warm welcome and excellent service in a picturesque part of the city.

Kensington Square is London’s oldest garden square, a delightful, tree-lined residential area nestled between bustling Kensington High Street and Kensington Palace and Gardens. Originally called Kings Square in honour of the reigning monarch, James II, in 1685 a wood-carver called Thomas Young acquired some property and drew up plans to build ‘a large Square of large and substantial Houses fit for ye Habitacion of persons of good Worth and Quality’.

The original Greyhound was established at 1 Kensington Square in the late 17th century – the title deeds for the “Greyhound Tavern” date from Lady Day (New Year’s Day) 1686 – and has occupied the site ever since. Kensington Square rapidly became fashionable when William III’s Royal Court took up residence at nearby Kensington Palace in 1689, after improvements led by Sir Christopher Wren. The Greyhound also fulfilled important community functions and during the 18th century the courts of the Manor of Earl’s Court were occasionally held at The Greyhound. The present building was erected in 1899 and was lovingly restored to its Victorian glory after a gas explosion destroyed the interior in 1977.

From The Greyhound’s relatively small frontage, you wouldn’t expect the spacious and airy interior that greets you on arrival. With classic décor, a charming wooden facade and period lanterns, The Greyhound has a laid-back, welcoming ambience that guests have enjoyed for over 300 years. With great food and an enviable selection of cask ales on offer, it’s the perfect setting for relaxing in the company of friends and family.

An attractive function room in vibrant Kensington

Whatever your special occasion, our spacious Kensington function room is the ideal venue. Our friendly team is on hand to help you plan your event and ensure that every aspect runs smoothly. As well as enjoying our hospitality, we can also provide a delicious menu to cater for your celebration, which can be adapted to suit the needs of your guests. If you’re looking to hold your special event in a charming location with a convivial atmosphere, you’ve come to the right place!

Explore Kensington’s wealth of cultural treasures

In addition to its myriad shops and stunning buildings, Kensington has a wealth of cultural treasures to inspire and delight. On the doorstep of The Greyhound is Kensington Gardens, one of London’s eight Royal Parks and home to Kensington Palace. Sir Christopher Wren designed the striking redbrick palace for King William and Queen Mary in 1689, today is the official London residence of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry amongst other members of the royal family. The gardens themselves are perennially popular with local residents, workers and tourists alike, and its here that you can visit the Peter Pan statue commissioned by J.M.Barrie in 1902 and the Princess Diana memorial playground. The Greyhound is also perfectly situated to explore the South Kensington museums, including the Victoria & Albert and the spectacular Natural History Museum.

Function Room Information - the greyhound bar
Capacity 200 Private Bar Yes
Hire Costs Available on Request Area Type semi-private
Facilities Dance Floor, Disabled Access, Fixed Screen, Flip Chart and Pens, PA System, Private Bar, Projector, Wi-Fi,
Suitable Events Christmas & New Year, Funerals, Live Sports, Parties, Tour Groups,

The nearest Tube Station to The Greyhound is High Street Kensington