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London’s best beer gardens: The Prince at West Brompton Crossing

 

The Prince at West Brompton Crossing is the newest venture from the guys behind the amazing outdoor venues Pergola on the Roof in White City and Pergola Paddington in central London, and, if I dare say it, I think it might be their best one yet!

 

The Prince transforms a part of Lillie Road, just a few minutes off West Brompton station, into one big venue combining four restaurants, three bars and one massive garden decorated beautifully with lots and lots of flowers. As well as the big garden, there’s also an indoors area (the pub-like bit of the venue) as well as a little outside terrace by the road. 

 

I fell in love with the concept of The Prince as soon as I saw their first newsletter about the opening (I’m pretty susceptible to advertising…) and have been waiting ever since then to visit. Last Friday, finally, I headed there with a few friends to see if it was worth all the fuss…

 

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What’s the atmosphere like at The Prince?

 

The Prince is a gorgeous venue, there’s no denying that. The main garden is really big and very light (there’s a retractable roof which they put on on rainy days), with lots of different type of flowers (wisteria being one of them, of course!) hanging from the ceiling as well as adorning walls and tables. 

 

We visited on a Friday evening, which meant that it was *really* busy, but the good thing is that you can ACTUALLY BOOK. The bad thing, on the other hand, is that we did make a booking for 7 people, but were allocated a table that didn’t fit us all (I guess they were hoping that not of all of us would come…). Luckily, after speaking to the staff everything was fixed and it was all good in the end – just something to be wary of when booking a table for a bigger party!

 

The music policy was okay – they mainly played mainstream poppy stuff and some electro/dance type songs (can you tell I’m really out of my depth here…) but also a few older 90s songs that made me feel very nostalgic! The volume wasn’t too bad either – we could actually hear both the music AND our conversation! Yay! Am I getting really old?! 

 

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My dinner from Foley’s, one of the four restaurants at The Prince. I ordered sweet potato fries with miso butter and sriracha mayo (YUM!) and a bao bun with crispy aubergine and pickles. I’d highly recommend both dishes!

 

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The restaurants at The Prince

 

Coqfighter – A restaurant specialising in “life-changing fried chicken” serving dishes from burgers to chicken strips. They also have a few veggie options like a corn fritter burger and smoky paprika fries, although they were out of the corn fritter burger when I asked for it. 

 

Foley’s – Foley’s combine yummy Asian tastes with modern European cooking and serve things like bao buns and skewers with super interesting flavour combos. Make sure to try out their sweet potato fries with miso butter – they are heavenly!

 

The Begging Bowl – A Thai restaurant exploring all different corners of the country with dishes using fresh, seasonal ingredients. The menu has been divided into three sections: snacks, street food & sides. It’s also the only restaurant (so far) at The Prince that does dessert, and their banana fritters with palm sugar ice cream sound amazing!  

 

Patty & Bun One of the most famous burger connoisseurs in London, Patty & Bun do all kinds of different ones with an impressive veggie selection too: the patties in most of their burgers can be switched to a fried cheese fritter – how tasty does that sound?! 

 

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You can find The Prince just a few minutes away from West Brompton station (on the District Line) on Lillie Road, near Earls Court. Make sure to book a table here – it gets really busy! You can also claim a free frozen margarita if you join their mailing list – I can confirm they were really good and quite boozy, too!

 

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