Bar 190

4.2
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42 reviews
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£26 to £40
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British
Over the years Bar 190 has been the chosen location for many a good evening, whether it be private soiree"s, celebration parties, or rock and roll after parties. Bar 190 is famous for being the location for the Rolling Stones "Beggars Banquet" album launch in 1968.

Not only does Bar 190 offer luxurious yet intimate surroundings where you can unwind, it also offers an extensive cocktail list to tempt any palate. As an accompaniment, our chefs are at hand with tasty Tapas and other delightful dishes. Our expert staff are on hand to aid you in choosing the ultimate combination of food and drink to ensure the ultimate experience.

For an even more exclusive experience Bar 190 also offers a VIP area, 'Cinderella's Carriage'. This beautifully adorned private area can be booked for a pre-post theatre/dinner party, or for the whole evening for a maximum of 6 people.
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Jade
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We stopped for a drink after a show at the royal Albert hall, 5 minute walking distance. The barman reserved the booth for us as I phoned ahead to say we’d be late. Great cocktails, fantastic service and busy atmosphere as others had the same idea. Expected last orders at 10:15 as closed at 10:30 but was actually there until nearly 11 and last orders was around 10:30

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Natalie
1 review
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brilliant experience here, had mentioned it was our anniversary and we were kindly given the booth and looked after very well, service was amazing! Will definitely be back!

LB
vipLindaB
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 10 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Relaxing atmosphere with a 70’s music vibe. An Oxley Gin & Tonic and cheese board made for the perfect evening! I was a solo traveler and had a wonderful evening!

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Delicious cocktails

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Disappointed
London
4 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall2food5service1ambience3

Overall I would recommend this bar, but on this occasion we had a bad experience with our booking/ customer service. On arrival we were told that the bar had not received the booking we had made through OpenTable, even though I showed the waiter the email confirmation on my phone. There was no effort by staff to investigate the error or to apologise in any way, we were just directed to a large communal table that we had to share with noisy strangers during our not-so-relaxing pre-theatre meal. I had to wait over half an hour for a cocktail because it turned out the waiter had forgotten about it, which he also didn’t apologise for. Before leaving this review I emailed the hotel to give them a chance to apologise, but my email was ignored.

I have been to Bar 190 before and it is a lovely bar, but on this occasion our evening was ruined by the bad seating, even though I made the effort to book ahead, and slow/ poor customer service. I will certainly think twice about returning.

On the positive side, the bar food was amazing and cocktails were lovely.

I do recommend this bar, but only if you phone to check your booking first, or there is a good chance you will not get a table!

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Steven
London
2 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Friendly greeting, but after that service was a bit patchy and inattentive, despite there only being a few fellow diners/drinkers. Food was really good and speedily delivered, which was helpful as we were going to a matinee at the Royal Albert Hall. Prices were reasonable given the location and smart hotel environment.

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paulineK
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience5

Although the hotel had a lovely welcoming feel the same couldn't be said about the female staff. However the proximity to the Albert Hall was important.

KB
KathrynB
London
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful venue with friendly attentive staff, ambient lighting and perfect mood music (at sufficient volume to give an atmosphere but without impeding the ability to chat easily and relax). The food and cocktails we had were delicious and presented like little works of art! It was a bit on the pricey side but perfect for a treat, as we were out celebrating a "big" birthday! The venue is ideally suited for visiting the Royal Albert Hall - just an easy 5min walk away.

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PEDROEUGENIO
1 review
Dined on 28 October 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience4

La comida es normalita, pedimos una tabla de quesos y muy bien, sin embargo el pulpo muy deficiente.
Nos cobraron casi 9 libras por el servicio, aunque se que es ilegal en Reino Unido su cobro obligatorio , siendo dicho servicio este muy deficiente. Las camareras muy antipaticas y como si les estubieras haciendo un favor. Aunque el sitio es espectacular, no volveria por la atencion.

The food is average, we ordered a cheese board and very good, however the octopus is very poor.
They charged us almost £ 9 for the service, although I know it is illegal in the United Kingdom for their mandatory charge, which service is very poor. The waitresses very unfriendly and as if you were doing them a favor. Although the site is spectacular, I would not return for attention.

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AmeD
London
7 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2019
Overall3food2service1ambience4

I’ve been to Bar 190 several times and I was really disappointed in both the service and food this time. We had to repeatedly try to catch the attention of our waitress and ended up having to use the waitress serving the tables adjacent. The food came out cold and undercooked and we had to send it back, much to the disgust of the waitress who didn’t want to serve us anyway.
I had two other bookings here in the next few weeks, all of which I have now cancelled. The bar is quite pricey, something I haven't minded in the past because the food, service and ambiance have made it worthwhile.
Such a shame that a member of staff can ruin a popular venue.

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AdrianC
Berkshire
3 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Not having dined here for some time, my friend and I were only too happy to return for a pre-Promenade concert meal. Having accidentally booked a table in the bar, we had no trouble in getting a table in the restaurant where the greeting was most welcoming - as was the service.

This venue is a gem and exudes quality and good service from the moment you enter until the moment you leave. It is a pity that I cannot patronise it more during the main London concert and opera season which takes place at the Royal Festival Hall, Covent Garden and the Barbican.

LW
vipLadyW
London
27 reviews
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful place

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Jane68
London
6 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Dining before a show at the Albert Hall. Always a good atmosphere and simple but tasty bar menu
Staff are good but the service was a little bit slow. Music was very loud but overall we liked it

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Suzanna
London
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall3food1service2ambience2

It is a nice place in terms of design and location, although organisation and service was not the best. According to the prices, the better service was expected.
Our table was booked for 6.30, although it was not ready when we arrived, despite us even being late and warning the reception in advance about us running late for 15 minutes.
At arrival greeting was very poor and we were made to wait before our table gets prepared.
It seemed that there was a lack of waiters, as it took extremely long to take our order as well as prepare it. Moreover, the order was take incorrectly and some items were missing.

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Jrestaurant
Sacramento
6 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2018
Overall3food1service2ambience4

This is a nice bar for a drink. The food is pretty terrible. We stopped here for a quick bite before a concert at the Royal Albert Hall. Will go back for a drink someday but would never eat here again.

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CocoT
London
25 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2018
Overall2food3service1ambience2

We had booked for the pre- Theatre menu and inspire if having about booking reference the waiter was very odd hand about confirming and reconfirming. It took 45 minutes from the time we arrived for our starter to arrive . The family next to us we're having the same problem I. Spite of arriving 15 minutes before us. When their main course arrived it was cold and had to be sent back.. we had to chase our main course 3 times and ended up with less than 10 minutes to eat it. At best our dishes were tepid.
The only excuse was that the kitchen was swamped. When you advertise a pre- Theatre menu and there is only 1 theatre near by you know your schedule.
Seriously disappointing and over priced for what it was. A birthday treat that was a major disappointment. .

CY
CongarY
London
69 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2018
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Decent enough food but the wait was rather long, and the waiter could have been a tad friendlier.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very accommodating. We were 7 and when the bar was a bit noisy for our more senior set, they graciously allowed us to move to the library. Lovely evening

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vipCharlie
London
6 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2018
Overall1food1service2ambience3

I booked having read the menus on the Open table app, which suggested that there is a pre theatre menu here. BE AWARE - THERE IS NO SUCH THING. The menus shown relate to the sister restaurant, and you'll be unceremoniously shown into the bar rather than the restaurant, with a certain amount of distain for getting it wrong. As I saw when I read other reviews, I was not the first to do this, and I'm sure I won't be the last - my view is that the whole layout of the Bar 190 entry on Open Table is somewhat disingenuous.
And the food we did get? I had mackerel - I received one fillet (ie half a small mackerel), a few boiled potatoes, some onion and some salad - for £14!! The bar itself is ok, with some history, but only has two brands of beer (lager) and no cider. If you're looking for pricy wine and/or spirits you'll be fine!

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IainH
London
1 review
Dined on 19 April 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We booked a table for 6, pre-concert at the Royal Albert Hall. They were over booked so they shoved us, without an apology, in the bar to eat off our laps.

We had friends who had traveled a long way for this event.

We will never go back.

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steveG
London
2 reviews
Dined on 4 April 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dined here before an event and the Royal Albert Hall, excellent location. Staff friendly but extremely professional. Food cooked to perfection. Cocktails exciting and different. We were fortunate to sit in Cinderella’s Carriage which was great.

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Locals
London
1 review
Dined on 24 March 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Pre Albert Hall gig drinks and bar food. Great fast service to the table. As cool as ever!

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous place for a pre-theatre dinner close to the Royal Albert Hall

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AlexP
London
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2018
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Firstly, this app shows a full menu for bar 190 but that menu is actually for next doors restaurant which is also part of the gore hotel. We asked to go next door but apparently they were fully booked, so ended up having bar food on a tiny table. The food was average and took awhile. It was cold in there, most people left there coats on. The service wasn’t great and the bar lady had to keep looking at the menu to make the drinks. The guy behind the bar however was very good and much more professional. I don’t mind paying out for drinks as I do love a good gin but Even this was steep for me. We had 4 drinks, a cheese board and a burger chips, £115ish

JM
vipJMilli
London
120 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2018
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Great evening out at Bar 190

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SJP20
London
1 review
Dined on 21 October 2017
Overall4food4service5ambience4

An amazing little find. Not a huge bar but it is very beautiful inside, very quirky and historic looking so, good if you like that sort of thing! Had some bar 'snacks' which, were very tasty and the drinks were very good and well presented. It is on the expensive side but we were happy paying as it was a special occasion plus the place has a quiet and relaxing ambience ... was great to be able to speak to each other without having to shout over any other noise. The bartender was also very welcoming and helpful. Looking forward to going back.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2017
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Wonderful restaurant. Really enjoyed our lunch there before going to the Royal Albert Hall. However, they had not received our booking made on the Open Table website and they laid on the dining room just for us and called in the chef to attend our order. Bar 190 does not do three course lunches, only bar snacks. We had booked a table for lunch with open table, unaware that there would be no set menus. The maitre Paul, solved the situation by calling in the chef , just for us. We were a party of seven people. The menu was different from the set menu that appeared on open table website. All in all the day ended well, but I shall think twice before I book through Open table website as I was only able to solve the situation with the marvelous help of Bar 190 maitre.

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NG11
London
1 review
Dined on 2 June 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely place to chill and have a glass or two of bubbly. Excellent service from the bar

OT
OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on 12 March 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite bar in London to pop in for a get together with friends.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 24 February 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent cocktails, excellent service. The bar menu was delicious, but very overpriced for the quantity!

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JurorNumber8
London
1 review
Dined on 29 January 2017
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Booked a table here pre Albert Hall event as it's one of the few places which is very close indeed and has a menu (tapas / snacks) which is good for a quick meal when you have limited time. Given this I was very pleasantly surprised, and must go back when we have more time. Décor and ambiance was great, food was good (if a little pricy but hey this is Kensington!). Cocktail menu looked great but I was driving (arg!).

OT
OpenTable Diner
Essex
1 review
Dined on 28 January 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Although i had booked Bar 190 for dinner before Cirque du Soleil at RHA it is Bistro 190 next door that actually serves dinner !
Doh but surely i am not the first person to make this mistake ?!
Regardless the waiter was extremely helpful & understanding and actually served us dinner in Bar 190 !
Would definitely go back !

CW
CharlesW
Berkshire
18 reviews
Dined on 14 January 2017
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Very nice ambience and classy venue for pre Albert Hall event.
Can be busy so arrive on time (or earlier) if you have booked a table in the bar or it might disappear/be re-assigned.

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TerazaR
London
4 reviews
Dined on 17 December 2016
Overall1food1service1ambience1

AVOID THIS PLACE!

This was the WORST experience in my 15 years of dining in London. I booked through OpenTable, which I usually do: got there only to find you don't get a table but a "space" at the bar. OK, not too bad we thought. Then we found out that it was bar snacks only - the staff were busy, but they were rude, food took an HOUR to get to us, was tiny, we had to borrow condiments from another group AND we got ripped off - over charged by at least £20 - we had to rush off as we had to get to a theatre booking. Food was at best average but when you get charged £60+ for 5 strips of chicken and welsh rarebit (2 tiny pieces of toast) and 3 drinks, you know you've been had! I would give it minus 5 stars if I could. And that's not even starting on the music - supposedly a Rolling Stones hangout (yes, in 1968) - but the music was very very loud and very very out of keeping with the bar, the time of year (and I like everything music wise, so I don't think it was me!). It was crowded (well, it was a bar) - but people didn't hang around, and now you know why. Do yourself a favour and don't go there - you can get sneered at for less money and more food elsewhere.

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TonyO
London
7 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had tickets to a concert at the Royal Albert Hall and where struggling to find a local place to grab a bite to eat before the show.

What a great find. We actually booked Bar 190 but ended up in the restaurant. The food was excellent and great value. To top it all the service was top class.

It was a great way to start the evening.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
4 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2016
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The bar has a very nice atmosphere and extremely efficient and friendly staff. There is a good, diverse range of bar food and cocktails are expertly mixed and delicious.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
4 reviews
Dined on 19 August 2016
Overall4food3service4ambience5

The quality of the starters and main courses is excellent, desserts are rather disappointing by comparison. It is very good place as a one off. The menu choice is small and only seems to change every two months. So it is not at all to be recommended for regular visits, at the most once every two months. This aspect is a marked deterioration compared to past years. The service continues to be friendly and efficient.

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vipProf
London
91 reviews
Dined on 16 July 2016
Overall4food4service2ambience2

Pre-prom at Albert Hall. Perfect for quiet drink and snack and loos far superior to RAH's. Always come here pre-concert. Food always surprisingly good for a bar and wine/cocktails fine too. Surprisingly quiet at 7:00pm but worth booking in case there's a crowd. Staff always seem a bit lost and hanging around at the bar chatting but you get what you ask for.

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SheilaT
London
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2016
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Unfortunately Bar 190 were unaware of our lunch booking so we were lucky to get a seat. We had assumed it to be a restaurant but it was in fact the hotel's bar area so not really suitable for a meal, as the tables were low. Food was good, but the experience overall, an interesting one!

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 18 February 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was right, just the right sizes taste and price. Took my wife there for her birthday and it worked out perfectly.

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Bar 190 is rated 4.2 stars by 42 OpenTable diners.

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