Hot Spots to Toast This Winter – Earls Court Life
It’s official Earls Court, I can stop complaining about it being too hot for coats, too cold for style, too confusing weather for all concerned clothes wearers in general. It’s just cold now. Plain, boring, grey and brrrrrrrr! Cold.
I have bed socks on. I’m in bed with bed socks and it’s 2pm and it’s cold. I can hear a pigeon outside my window making that noise that pigeons only make when it’s bloody freezing. The resigned sigh of birdsong that’s half owl hoot, half broken and wheezing party blower.
So, what better to be writing about than the nearest open fire and hot toddy with my name on it? Sorry, OUR names on THEM.
For your warmth, well being and delectation:
020 7385 9129
The Atlas is a lovely local that lends unwavering attention to the food they have on offer. Sunday lunches there are legendary and now that the weather is getting chilly I can say with certainty that the fireplace at the back of the pub will be crackling daily. Grab a broadsheet and a menu and settle in for the afternoon.
020 7835 2301
When the folks at The Drayton Arms aren’t providing a space for some of the brightest new comedy and drama in their hidden upstairs theatre, they’re only casually running one of the most beloved bars in all of Earls Court on the ground floor. The pub has a real winter warmer interior with low lighting, sinking sofas, cubby holes to hide in and, of course, a real wood fire. Order a specialty Mulled wine with a shot of Amaretto to get things heated up.
If you don’t mind trotting a little further afield then do stop off at The Jam Tree. I’ve had bangers and mash by their fire once and the experience did everything to warm my cockles bar actually buying me a new coat. Plus, these kids have promised me a Hot Buttered Rum if I come by for round two and you can’t say better than that, can you?
020 7589 6300
If you’re not quite up for a pint at the pub and are instead aching for a slightly more refined affair then you need look no further than The Kensington Hotel. Serving fine food and sumptuous cocktails throughout the day in their rather marvellous parlour room with, yes, you guessed it, an open fire to boot. Champagne Afternoon Tea you say? Don’t mind if I do…