Ken's Bar and Restaurant

3.6
319 Reviews
£25 and under
Global, International

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Ideally located on Cromwell Road and opposite Gloucester Road tube station, Ken's Bar & Restaurant welcomes you for a pint, while watching a match at the bar, or a casual diner in the restaurant.
Our friendly staff is happy to help you decide which dish to try on the day.
Choose a booth for a more relaxed and intimate dining experience.

Experiences

  • Christmas Eve

    £50.00 per person

    Dec 24, 2021 only

    Join us for a families only dinner event that will please every member with the most exquisite festive food and the best themed entertainment, for an evening that will rock Christmas. 24th of December 6:30 pm DoubleTree by Hilton Kensington, 100 Cromwell Rd, SW7 4ER Merry celebration, joy and fun for the most entertaining Christmas Eve. £50.00 per adult £25.00 per child Ticket includes: Complimentary glass of prosecco at arrival Tree courses festive dinner menu Two hours of dedicated kids entertainment Dress code: Christmas attire Kids under two years of age go free

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 319 people are saying
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3.6based on all time ratings
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3.3
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OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Was just ok. Food was not great and extremely small.
A lot of money for what we got.
We had a waiter serve us in a coat and woolly hat in side.

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LisaD
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

There is not a bad enough score to leave this appalling restaurant.
When we arrived they did not have a booking despite us having confirmation by email and a phone call, we were then seated in what can only be described as the lobby, we had to beg to be served dreadful cold food in a freezing cold hotel breakfast area, truly the worst dining experience possible.
Don’t bother! There’s a lovely ask opposite, which we wish we have visited instead!

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YvetteM
Bath
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Don’t bother with the shared platter. Looked like it was random objects found at the bottom of the freezer, then either fried or slightly warmed through.
Disappointing in the extreme.
Whilst I appreciate that it was perhaps an odd time.. 5.30 in the afternoon. I would have thought a hotel of that size would have been capable of serving a hot platter.
We did complain, but it was ignored.
Also vastly overpriced - even for London!

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Boycie
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the moment we arrived we were made welcome, treated with care and respect. The restaurant was very tasteful presented, the staff were helpful and the level of attention was appropriate. The food was excellent and the price was reasonable. We left feeling well fed and happy with the whole experience.
Thanks to all at the restaurant.

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StephenB
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

On arrival at the restaurant we were asked if this was a special occasion which it was. When we finally ordered the server (later we found out this was the supervisor) was asked a question about the spiciness of a curry. She then took main course orders, 2 of which were the specials, we then had to ask for the starter order, drinks were then ordered.
The starters for the specials arrived with the wrong bottle of wine, which was then replaced. After awhile we asked about the other starters. Answer was there had been a miscommunication we then had the mains delivered then the starters while eating the mains. The Katsu sauce was Luke warm as were the beef rendangs. Stephanie our new server worked really hard to recover the situation, however was not successful in that the whole experience had been soured from the start, I recommend this young lady gets a job with a decent restaurant as she deserves better, as to the supervisor I wouldn’t put her in charge of a sheep dip, not once did she converse with our table. If this had not been a special occasion for my 14 year old granddaughter I would have left and not paid.

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Melissa
London
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I don’t normally comment on restaurants, but it was really poor. Starter was ok, mains were terrible. Poor service and lack of ambience. Really disappointing.

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SaschaB
Aberdeen
2 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Yummy food and really attentive service. Sharing plates good value for money.

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DeniseC
Buckinghamshire
4 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great deal to be had and add to it happy hour at the bar from 4:30 to 7pm! Best inexpensive dinner in London!!

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Yams
London
4 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience1

Surprising the food was bad. Surely the chef could have done a better job.

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Ameri
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Food was horrible, I will not recommend this place to any one.

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SeverineB
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Très bel endroit, nous avons très bien mangé super moment

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vipPhilb1984
London
10 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience1

The restaurant was empty, it had no ambience whatsoever and the food was just OK. Nothing bad about it and nothing great either. I will not be going back.

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VegetarianInLondn
London
3 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall2food1service5ambience2

The food is not good at all, very bland and I would definitely not recommend this to friends or family.

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such an enjoyable experience - Abdel, the sous chef, was wonderful and made sure our food allergies didn’t interfere with a delightful dining event :)

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LeeB
London
3 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

GreAt service and really good choice for the small plates

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Rowsh
London
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We had a reservation for 6 people. We all found the service and food very good. The staff were friendly and efficient. We had 3 courses and each arrived at the table at a reasonable amount of time. I would recommend the place for a good meal out with the family or friends.

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JasK
London
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Nice ambience. However, the food was basic considering the prices.

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sabrinan
London
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Smiling staff. thats where it starts and ends. very slow service, food very bland. every thing took forever, trying to get a member of staff to order things was impossible, and the bill took nearly half hour to arrive. it was also very empty when we arrived, so cant put it down to them being busy and rushed off their feet. i will not be coming here again, nor recommend this place to anyone, as its very bland, tasteless food, and over priced for their offering.

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swa21
London
17 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience3

The food was good although one of our starters was cold. We got no action on this. The staff were untrained to deal with serving champagne etc. Disappointing

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Zedbra
London
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

CHRIS our waiter was exellent! Great services! We will be back soon! Food was tasty!

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GreatFoodOnly
London
27 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

would not recommend. two of us went to try this restaurant as I have a member's card and give me 50% off the food bill. The food was really really low quality... it's not as good as my local take away. and the service? well, we've been asked twice "how was the food" and we been asked twice "would you like some dissert?" and we've been asked twice to present the member's card and check that we are eligible for the discount. one starter, two main courses, two tea, after the 50% discount on food, the bill come to 36pound!!! Not happy at all. The place's ambience is good, if you like a quiet place for conversation. It's linked with Ken's and they have a secret garden with deck chairs. which looks interesting. There are much better places around and I would not go back, even with 50% off the food bill.

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Francescot
London
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience5

The place is fantastic but the quality and mainly the service is not up to the rest.
Orders must be made at the bar and not where the customers are. You must leave a credit card at the bar as if all customers are potential thieves.
I find the service at the table very bad, not at all professional as the executive would like to prove it. When the price is high, the service and quality also must be high.
Even payment is problematic, we do not accept payment in Euro ?.
So my opinion, to visit for a drink and not to eat.

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vipManuel
Houston
12 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience2

Extremely slow service. They did not have A/C on. It was very hot. We will not go again.

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vipFARESO
London
12 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Ambiance was your typical 4* London hotel restaurant.
Food was tasty and prices in-line for a central London eatery of this type.
Service was pleasant but clearly under-staffed for Saturday night. Once mains were served our waiter had to tend to other diners (understandably) so no follow-up thereafter with beverages, and desert would have just taken too long.

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Beax
London
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience2

Food was great but drinks were very slow to arrive. Also cocktail wasn’t very good.

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vipKitanaM
London
23 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Food was horrendous and service was even worse. Never again

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ElinaD
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first visit and again it was quite honestly faultless. Service was attentive, yet personal and really quite delightful. The food was innovative and beautifully cooked and presented. Staff were knowledgeable and rather fun, it's lovely to see people enjoy their job! Food was promptly served and cooked to perfection. A nice selection of drinks were on offer in a lovely atmosphere.

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SandyR
London
3 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience2

Food was very good although the selection of mocktails could have been wider. Service was rather slow but friendly.

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vipOliverF
London
6 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Sorry it was just very bad. The food was bland and uninspiring and overall pricey.

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LindaB
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Had dinner here with family. Staff pleasant. Food was good - would have liked a bit more choice. Would recommend

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vipcarpediem
Chicago
47 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good Asian food. Tasting menu (2 persons min.) is excellent. Friendly service.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience3

The restaurant wasn’t overly busy when we arrived, however it took 30 minutes for us to receive our drinks (two cokes) the food then followed ten minutes later. We ordered fried squid, crispy aromatic duck, jasmine rice and beef rendang. The squid was very rubbery, a clear indication that it was by no means fresh, the jasmine rice was congealed and pretty bland, the crispy aromatic duck was very fatty and by no means crispy- the hoisin sauce accompanying it had absolutely no flavour whatsoever. The beef rendang tasted like it had been stewed for three weeks and once again no flavour whatsoever, not what you’d expect at £16 a bowl. We complained about the beef rendang and this was removed from our bill. The staff weren’t attentive in the slightest and it took almost half an hour to get their attention in order to complain. I would not recommend this restaurant to anyone, unless of course you have no taste buds and enjoy being ignored.

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NigG
London
31 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a mixture of dishes alongside the tasting menu. All four of us were very pleased with the food.

The service was excellent and included shredding our Peking duck at the table which was good to see as we haven’t seen that in a long time.

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ElliceE
London
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience1

No atmosphere and food was very mediocre, service couldn’t be faulted.

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MarkN
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience2

Second visit. Good location for South Ken and Royal Albert Hall. Turned up on time, no one there! Eventually we were shown to a table - but she did not check our reservation - not that we needed one at %pm as we were first. It became clear staff English was poor, particularly when we ordered a decent bottle of branded champagne and the waiter brought the house fizz! As a consequence ordering was chore. When food arrived it was tasty and better than ok. Think they need to up their game on their staff and it would be good.

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CharlotteF
London
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We thoroughly enjoyed our experience here. The staff and the whole experience was lovely. Would recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Overall nothing to complain about. But didn’t realise it was a hotel restaurant before coming and it tried too hard to be formal without the requisite skills. However, food was okay and the staff put effort in.

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agooooo
London
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant is inside crowne plaza. Very nice place . Quiet. Good food. The best was the service, really, very nice service, kind, full of attention, always present and ready to fulfill need of customer. Well done. Very nice evening. Thanks

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience2

I went for the duck. They had no duck.

It took too long to get my food, the check, or anyone’s attention to even pay the bill.

If you don’t want duck or good service, it was great.

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RaihanC
London
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional food and good value for money. The domes outside looked amazing and definitely booking them next time

FAQs

Ken's Bar and Restaurant does offer delivery in partnership with Deliveroo. Ken's Bar and Restaurant also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at 020 7341 2320.

Ken's Bar and Restaurant is rated 3.6 stars by 319 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.