Kings Head

84 Upper Tooting Rd, London SW17 7PB
Call: 020 8767 6708

Tooting’s Gin Palace Masterpiece

The Kings Head, located in the bustling town of Tooting in South London, is one of London’s finest Victorian pubs. Guests visit our Grade II listed building not only to enjoy the wealth of spectacular original features but also to sample our delicious pub food, wide range of cask ales and our warm, welcoming atmosphere.

The King’s Head began life in the late 18th century as a coaching inn providing rest and refreshment for travellers heading south from the capital. However, it was the vision of esteemed Victorian architect W. M. Brutton that transformed the King’s Head into a magnificent gin palace and “one of the most exotic confections among London’s pubs”. Brutton was famous for building pubs across London in a unique and extravagant style, attracting intellectuals and artists in the 1920s including Virginia Woolfe and George Bernard Shaw. English Heritage describes The King’s Head as ‘perhaps his masterpiece and least altered interior’.

With an interior rich in brilliant cut glass, patterned tiles and wrought iron, the spectacular architecture of this Victorian gin palace has attracted much praise. CAMRA (The Campaign for Real Ale) have designated The King’s Head as “a pub with a nationally important historic interior” and once you step inside, it’s easy to see why. Brutton was known for his flamboyant design and The King’s Head, built in 1896, is widely considered to be his finest work. As you enter the pub, you’ll find intricately tiled corridors with florid etched glass screens, leading to various cosy drinking areas. The island bar is surrounded by checked tiles and supported by carved timber columns, and there are exquisite friezes to enjoy and details to delight everywhere you look. There is also a pleasant outdoor area where you can while away the summer evenings. It truly is a charming window into London’s Victorian past.

Attractive Victorian function room in Tooting

The King’s Head has an attractive Victorian function room available for hire. With the same lovely design details as you’ll find throughout the pub, it makes the ideal venue for all special occasions, be it a birthday party or family get-together. Our friendly and helpful team will be on hand to ensure all aspects of your function run smoothly. We are also able to provide catering for your event and have a delicious menu of food and drink that can be tailored to your budget and guests’ needs.

A unique venue in multicultural Tooting

Located on Upper Tooting Road, a vibrant and multicultural stretch of South London, The Kings Head is at the heart of the lively area of Tooting. The spectacular St Peter’s Church, a colourful vision built in the Caribbean style, is just yards from the pub, whilst Fishpond Playing Field lies just to the South and is a popular venue for cricket matches in the summer. Tooting is home to two Commons – lovely green areas populated by grand oak trees. Close by is the iconic Battersea Power Station, one of London’s most loved modern landmarks, as well as scenic spaces like Clapham Common, Wimbledon Common and the famous All England Lawn Tennis Club. The Kings Head is located less than five minutes walk away from Tooting Bec Tube Station, meaning we’re handily situated, wherever you’re coming in from.

Function Room Information - The Back Room
Capacity 60 Private Bar No
Hire Costs Not Available Area Type private
Facilities Beer Garden, Coffee Machine, Dance Floor, Disabled Access, Flip Chart and Pens, Hot Water Flasks, Projector, Sky TV/BT Sport, TV, Wi-Fi,
Suitable Events Christmas & New Year, Funerals, Live Sports, Parties, Restaurants, Tour Groups,

The nearest Tube Station to Kings Head is Tootic Bec Tube Station