The Kings Arms, Shepherd Market

2 Shepherd Market, Mayfair, London, W1J 7QA
Call: 020 7629 0416

A Royal Welcome at a Fine Mayfair Pub in Shepherd Market

The Kings Arms is a charming Grade II listed Victorian pub, located in Shepherd Market, a tranquil village square in the heart of Mayfair. Tucked away between Piccadilly and Curzon Street and nestled amongst amongst the impressive architecture of this exclusive district, you’ll find the perfect location to enjoy traditional pub food, fine cask ales and our warm hospitality.

During the 17th and early 18th centuries, Shepherd Market was the venue for London’s famous fifteen-day annual fair. This May Fair, from which the area takes its name, was originally created for farmers to trade their cattle. Throughout the 1600s, it grew in popularity and became more of a village fete, with crowds flocking from far and wide to make merry and enjoy the entertainment on offer from ‘jugglers, fencers, and boxers’.

However, by the time of Queen Anne, the fair had developed a reputation for ‘lewdness’, with 1701 being a particularly raucous affair. Edward Shepherd, a local resident, observed a “riotous and tumultuous assembly …in which many loose, idle and disorderedly persons did rendezvous”. Queen Anne put an end to the fun temporarily, before her successor, George I, revived the May Fair to the delight of Londoners, and dismay of the locals. However, as the area had been marked for development, the May Fair’s days were numbered.

In 1735, the same Edward Shepherd, a local architect, bought the lands where the May Fair had taken place and redeveloped them into Shepherd Market. His vision was to create a village square with quaint, narrow alleyways leading onto the square, Georgian townhouses, boutique shops, a market and the New Wells Theatre. The King’s Arms, then known as The Three Jolly Butchers, occupies a central position in this charming village community area of Mayfair, a Victorian pub with Georgian roots. Due to its secluded location on Shepherd’s Market piazza, just off Berkeley Square and a haven from the bustle of Piccadilly, it has long attracted a varied clientele that includes office workers, locals, tourists and celebrities. Like all our guests, they are drawn to The Kings Arms for our menu of fresh, traditional pub food, cask ales and relaxed ambience.

Attractive function room in prestigious Mayfair

We also have a spacious Mayfair function room available for hire for events and special occasions. Whether it’s a birthday, business meeting or tour group stop-off, our friendly team will be on hand to ensure every aspect of your function runs smoothly. We also have a varied menu of food and drink that can be tailored to suit your budget and the need of your guests. We look forward to welcoming your function to The Kings Arms.

A charming corner of the City

The Kings Arms is situated in one of London’s most attractive locations, a village square in the heart of London. With striking achitecture, museums, boutiques and expansive green spaces close to hand, Mayfair has a unique charm that is unequalled anywhere in the capital. Close to Shepherd Market is Green Park, one of London’s eight royal parks, leading down to Horseguards Parade and the gates of Buckingham Palace. Renowned Mayfair institutions such as Claridges and The Ritz are just a short stroll away, while the Royal Academy of Arts offers a varied programme of exhibitions to suit all artistic tastes. The Kings Arms is close to Green Park tube station making this friendly Victorian pub an ideal location in which to enjoy the company of friends and family, or host your special function.

Function Room Information - The Mayfair Room
Capacity 200 Private Bar Yes
Hire Costs Available on Request Area Type private
Facilities Flip Chart and Pens, PA System, Portable screen, Wi-Fi,
Suitable Events Christmas & New Year, Conferences and Meetings, Funerals, Live Sports, Parties, Private Bars, Tour Groups, Weddings,

The nearest Tube Station to The Kings Arms, Shepherd Market is Green Park