Famous Three Kings
West Kensington, London
171 North End Road, West Kensington, London W14 9NL
- West Kensington tube station (<0.1 km)
- Barons Court Station (0.5 km)
- Contact us:
020 7603 6071
16 reviews of Famous Three Kings in English
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If you don't like sport I imagine this bar would be your idea of hell, with not just football but ice hockey also being shown all through the day and night. Don't quote me on this but I think they have a 24-hour licence, meaning that this place is ideal also for those boxing matches coming from the US at stupid o'clock. However, for some things you need to pay an entry fee. This is normally marginal (£3, for example) and on some visits has included a free bottle of beer... which is fairly decent. I guess it's to try and stop undesirables from entering (and, by undesirables, I mean the odd Erasmus student from France who will order a glass of tap water and sit in the corner enjoying all that free sport).
There's "only" three projector screens, so if you are supporting a less-supported team you may have to make do with one of the (decently sized) plasmas dotted around the three levels. If you are lucky, your game will be on in the upper floor (popularly known as "The Mezz" for some reason, I think because it's kind of a mezzanine, but in that case surely there should be another floor above it for that epithet to qualify? hey, some football fans do have a brain, you see!).
It is a huge shame that Richard, who used to walk around the pub with a cordless microphone commenting on the games and scores and made everyone feel so welcome, has gone. But it could be worse. And, at least, the prices haven't got too outrageous.
Hey there Sports Fans!
Wanna go to a pub with massive screens, a big selection of larger on tap, little screens on the larger taps and little else?
The Famous Three Kings is for you!
Yep - it's a sports bar. Long bars, big TVs and all the atmosphere that comes with that. So - if you like sports - amazing. If you don't - not so much.
They've got two rooms so if there ate two games on at the same time, you can see both (well, you can see one or the other - you couldn't see both unless you had two heads and very long necks - and that's just silly)
Wanna watch sport - go. Don't wanna watch sport. Don't go. Simple.
Last stop on Chewy's birthday night out on Friday night.
Reading other reviews it seems like this place is mainly aimed at a sports crowd and there wasn't any sport on at 10.30 on Friday night (which probably explains why the pub was so empty).
So reviewing as just a pub, rather than a sports pub, it seemed expensive and a bit soulless.
This is a sports bar, first and foremost. I saw several TVs with a couple of different sports, but from conversing with excited travelers who had circumnavigated the pub, I heard tell of riches of widescreens that I can only dream of.
The staff were very friendly but when a pint and a large glass of wine sucks up a tenner and only spits back a paltry collection of coins then you are either being charged too much or you are being shortchanged. It must be the wine…as a later pint came in on the right side of 3 pund. They had 4 rather nice ales on tap, 2 lesser spotted ones too which is a definite plus.
I’m afraid I’m not sure who the famous 3 kings are. All kings are famous so I don’t know if these 3 are particularly famous. I’d say Henry VIII and Charles I were the most famous kings (its all about the giving or receiving of head chops) but who is t’other royal?
This was my first visit to a place that qype recommended to me via the new functionality on the site and it’s not done too badly. I’ll not be a regular and I know a lot of better pubs, including a couple nearby. I can however see myself coming back here in 2 circumstances. Circumstance 1 - Meeting a friend or friends in West Kensington. This pub is so easy to find from the tube station. If you cannot find it, then you are clearly not intelligent enough to be out in public. Circumstance 2 – A sporting event is on that I like, but that the general public are not overly enamored with. I wouldn’t be surprised if they show the Tour De France on at least one of their tellies and it’s a much more pleasant setting than the shiny control room that is the sports bar in central London.
Without a doubt, the best sports bar in the whole of London.
If you love football, come here to watch it. That goes for pretty much any other sport actually. Cricket, Rugby, Olympics, Canadian Ice Hockey, NFL - seriously, this is one hardcore sports wonderland.
Enjoy it as it’s best and come on a European night when Liverpool are playing. London LFC fans have made this home, and in the past 4 years a huge fanbase have set up shop here. I’m talking flags up before the game, the place jammed packed to the rafters (try to get in after 6:45 and you might find it difficult), oh and song after song after song..it’s incredible! But even if you don’t want to watch Liverpool, the mass of tvs around the place will have every one of the usual 8 Champs League games on at specific points. Walk to the front bar for AC Milan, to the atrium for Juve, round the back for Chelsea, side bar for Shaktar etc etc.
Awesome. This place rocks.
Note tho that after 6:30 they usually charge £3 on the door - in exchange for a bottle of beer or soft drink.
Awesome sports pub, I’ve been here to watch rugby matches many times. The pub benefits from being large and having relatively seperate areas, thus having different zones, showing several different sports matches at once. Sometimes I’ve been in one section of the pub watching a wales rugby match, whilst another section has been just as packed with fans watching germany vs poland in Hand Ball!
When it’s busy they do sometimes charge a few quid for entry, though it’s definately worth it when you consider the great atmosphere you get in there. Sometimes they’ve had a chap selling hot dogs near the front door there, though due to being a little pissed at the time, I couldn’t say for sure whether or not I tried one! Now I think of it, I did once try their all day breakfast, which was on buy one get one free at the time. It was pretty good.
A complete tragedy.
This pub was the birth of punk. It was one of the oldest, most historic pubs in London with a aged, dark wood, smoky London pub decor to match.
And then some moron came along and vomited flurescent paint onto the walls , probably because you’re going to be adding to the colour palette after consuming the alcopops, cheap lager and shocking wine they sell.
Must be popular with the locals too as the (usually enormously p*ssed after 5 minute) crowd block the pavement out of West Kensington tube and carpet it with cheap fag butts.
Vile, vile, vile. And ruined forever.
It was better with bullet holes in the windows.
A great pub, if you’re a sports fan. Also a good pub if you’re not, but make sure you check there aren’t any major games on first! The food is very good, although I think they no longer do 2 for 1… if they do, then this pub is worth going to just for that.
I would rate this as London’s best sports pub. During Euro 2008, I discovered this is HQ of the London based Croat fans. Oh if only I had been there when Theo Walcott scored a hat trick for England last night. I did see the Croatia vs Germany game and found a corner of loyal German fans watching the game on a German tV channel. Meanwhile it was mayhem with Croats on the other side of the bar. The atmosphere was electric for the Croatia vs Turkey game and I would reccommend coming here for any game as it draws fans from teams playing like no other pub can draw people in London.
So whilst London doesnt do American style (think tacky!) sports bars properly, we do make big pubs properly and we did invent a fair few sports, so this is one to treasure. It is the best of best worlds with food on, budvar on tap and jugs availble for those not wishing to queue all night. The Famous Three Kings is very big so try and be precise about location inside the pub when meeting friends on a match day. May I suggest meeting at the next door West Kensington tube station?
Well - it is a bloody good place to watch the rugby! Especially if you’re a Wales fan. Don’t come here for a quiet drink on a matchday though. Expect to get lots of Brains SA bitter spilt on you, out of plastic glasses. Expect queuing to get in. Expect loud chanting! But no trouble… it’s lots of fun, and the landlord compares when the teams score, hilarious.
This is a great pub for all sports fans alike! Has loads of screens playing multiple rugby games, football matches, cricket….. if you want to have a good laugh in a pub which is packed solid (be ready to either get there early or sneak to the front to get a good view) Surrounded by fans from all different cultures then this is the place to be!
This is THE great pub for sport fans. TV screens everywhere showing all the games live ! They have a list at the door and you can choose inside what you wanna get hooked at. Great venue, on big match days, the entrance is £3.5 but it includes a bottled beer and you can be sure no hooligans will go through the door.
It is a great place to go to to watch football because they show all the games, so if your mate supports Arsenal but you are a Man-U lover, then you can go to the same place, they will show both !
It is also basically next door to the tube so you won’t get lost trying to find your way back or explaining to your pals how to join you.
Address to keep in mind also because they show NFL and rugby. Girls, if the boyfriends are screaming their heads off on other guys running after a ball, there is a quiet room downstairs with a pool table and decent drinks at the bar.
If you're a sports lover the Three Kings is the place for you. The first time i went to this place i was almost in heaven. There are a number of floors, three main bars and numerous big screens showing all the biggest Premier League football games and numerous others matches from Spain, Italy, Holland and Scotland!
In fact everywhere you go you'll see some kind of sport: Rugby, Cricket and even American football are regularly shown.
The pub is ideally situated right next to West Kensington tube stop on the District line and food is served all day, your usual pub meals at usual London prices.
Be warned though, when big games are on it's a scramble to get in and a door charge of £3 (you get a free drink) is applied, so if you want to catch your team in their next big math arrive early to avoid dissapointment!
The Famous Three Kings in West Kensington is a great pub for watching sports. It’s a Brain’s pub so has a heavy Welsh contingent during Welsh rugby matches which produces a great big game atmosphere. Food wise there is a 2-4-1 deal on most dishes on the menu which consist of your average pub fare of burgers, curries, and pasta dishes.
If you’re a sports lover this is a great place to come as it is littered with plasma screens over several floors and larger projection screens usually showing numerous sporting events. Last time I went Wales were playing Fiji on the big screen at the back, semi-finals of the Twenty20 cricket world cup were on the screens behind the bar and football was on upstairs.
The pub is also bang next door to West Kensington tube station so is super convenient. The one problem I’ve had in the past though, has been on big game days when the pub has been so full that you couldn’t get through the door.
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