The Phene, Chelsea
Well gawd blimey and stone the crows - they've gone a reopened the Phene Arms. A disastrous refit in the mid 2000s effectively killed this once lovely pub and it closed in 2006, possibly due to sheer embarrassment. Well, four years on the whistles and bells have come out for the new look Phene, which is run by 23 year old Lily Bourne, daughter of Sally Greene, who owns the Old Vic and Ronnie Scotts. Aimed squarely at the upper middle class locals of SW1, you get a Deli, an upstairs lounge bar decked out in Hugh Hefner inspired, migraine-inducing purple and even an in-house boutique. Naturally food is promoted heavily here, as are cocktails, so expect the exceptionally unexciting London Pride, Guinness and a couple of lagers on tap to choose from on the beer front. The clientele are exactly who you might expect for a pub which has a boutique inside - loud, monied and annoying. If you don't enjoy hearing people using the word "like" every third word, then you might give it a miss here. While we're grateful it hasn't turned into another millionaire's home, this former honest and decent local is now just another Sloaney hangout.
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9 Phene Street, Chelsea, London, SW3 5NY
020 7352 8391
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How to find the The Phene pub
Exit Sloane Square tube and walk down the King's Road, all the way down to the turn off to Oakley Street on your left (this will take 10-15 minutes). Then down Oakley Street, till you get to Phene Street on your left.