Nestling amongst the grand houses of Belgravia is the charming Antelope pub, its dark wooden frontage contrasting with its grand neighbours. The interior is a blend of deep mahogany and mature pine, more smart country pub than city boozer. The open front bar has stools and wooden settles, but hidden corners reveal a cosy snug and a back parlour with comfy leather chairs and sofa. Upstairs is a dining area and another private parlour with more leather seating. There’s usually a good selection of Fullers and Gales beers and the food is good quality and reasonably priced.
It’s hard to imagine a little over two centuries ago this land was a putrefying swamp, with nothing here but the road west and a pub which was frequented by violent highway robbers. In the 19th century London grew rapidly and by the 1820’s even this undesirable bog was drained and built upon. Thomas Cubitt built some of the finest houses in London here, in what was to become Belgravia. The Antelope was built for the household staff who worked in the grand houses. It was originally divided into several bars, separating the servants into their respective positions within the household.