Powder Keg Diplomacy

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Powder Keg Diplomacy Restaurant and Bar, on St Johns Hills in the heart of Clapham is one of the most exciting dining and drinking experiences in London.

With a pledge to serve approachable seasonal British fare and libations in a colonial environment, this bar is perfect for impressing your friends or even a romantic night out in the city as this firmly falls in the cool, secret bar territory of London. With a front bar consuming cocktails and laughter, and a beautiful vintage conservatory hosting elegant Victorian dinners, this is one London bar to visit as soon as you can. 

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Live Music & Cocktails!

Live Music & Cocktails!

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Powder Keg Diplomacy Sunday's are back with Live Music in our bar area from 17:00 - 19:00 every Sunday. We are mixing...

Spiritual Mondays

Spiritual Mondays

Every Monday

Join us every Monday for a little chat and a free g&t, rum & ginger, you name it. You'll have the brand...



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Powder Keg Diplomacy
147 St John's Hill, London, SW11 1TQ

South London

Nearest station:
Clapham Junction (Rail)
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Drink Prices Price
Pint of Lager £4.50
Pint of Real Ale £4.20
Bottle of Lager (330ml) £3.90
Bottle of Cider (568ml) £4.50
Cocktail £8.50
Spirit and Mixer (50ml double shot and mixer) £6.50
Glass of Wine (175ml measure Large ) £5.50
Bottle of House Wine £16.90
Bottle of Champagne £39.00


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This venue serves British, Gastro, Brunch and Fine Dining food.

A word from the chef:
The Kitchen offers a menu sourced solely from the land and sea of the United Kingdom and inspired by centuries of great British recipes. An A La Carte menu dinner menu is available 7 days a week in 'The Observatory' restaurant whilst the lunch/bar menu will be a lighter take on British fare on the weekends

Our Review

Powder Keg Diplomacy - London Restaurant Bar Reviews

Powder Keg Diplomacy - London Restaurant Bar Reviews

Some people dare tread the space between Clapham Junction and Battersea, and some people barely know it's there, but if there's any reason to extend a short stroll up to St John's Hill, it's for this eclectic eatery. Here's how we got on when we got...

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Food was very average sadly - tepid warm. And the service was not on point - too many check ins with us and not quick enough delivery. visited Powder Keg Diplomacy on 21 Sep 2017
22 Sep 2017 by

a marvellous night! I had organised a meal and drinks for my pal's stag do, and the staff were so helpful and friendly; the food was superb, it was a beautiful venue. Today, i am getting emails from all the other stags saying how much they enjoyed it. Highly recommended. visited Powder Keg Diplomacy on 09 Sep 2017
11 Sep 2017 by

Was ok. Table was squashed between two very large & loud tables (we were only2). Difficult to get in& out. The Asti wasn't very nice but replaced instantly and service was very very good. Food was ok, bread nice, mains a little salty - & my husband would've liked more mash than just a smere. Overall ok, but probably wouldn't return. visited Powder Keg Diplomacy on 09 Sep 2017
10 Sep 2017 by

Great food, atmosphere and staff. Very attentive and knowledgeable with wines and food. Definitely a place to go! visited Powder Keg Diplomacy on 31 Aug 2017
01 Sep 2017 by

Great atmosphere, beautiful decor, fun live music in the bar area which was separated from the restaurant so that one could hear himself (much appreciated), amazing food (best gravy I've ever had!) and nice service. Definitely worth a visit!! visited Powder Keg Diplomacy on 27 Aug 2017
28 Aug 2017 by

Great food and interesting cocktails which we both enjoyed. visited Powder Keg Diplomacy on 26 Aug 2017
27 Aug 2017 by

Food was absolutely amazing! Had hake for main and panna cotta for dessert. Prices were reasonable too, lovely atmosphere for a week night. Will definitely go back again. visited Powder Keg Diplomacy on 23 Aug 2017
24 Aug 2017 by

The service and food were fantastic and the setting was unique what a lovely time we had visited Powder Keg Diplomacy on 22 Aug 2017
23 Aug 2017 by

Delicious! Really enjoyed our languid, Sunday roast. Pleasant surroundings and really great staff. visited Powder Keg Diplomacy on 20 Aug 2017
22 Aug 2017 by

Fabulous service from great staff. Food excellent as always but it is an expensive night out. A great place for a treat / something special visited Powder Keg Diplomacy on 18 Aug 2017
19 Aug 2017 by

I have to be perfectly honest. I was here a couple of years ago and I think something has changed and it's lost something. I took my girlfriend and her family for meal out having raved about my previous visit and sadly it didn't deliver this time. The food was just ok. The service was great so can't fault that. Things are not quite as polished as I remember. visited Powder Keg Diplomacy on 17 Aug 2017
18 Aug 2017 by

Great night as ever - thanks guys! visited Powder Keg Diplomacy on 11 Aug 2017
13 Aug 2017 by

Great food atmosphere and service visited Powder Keg Diplomacy on 10 Aug 2017
11 Aug 2017 by

Really quirky and fun place for drinks, roast was great as well! Could do with a couple more options on the menu but great night otherwise visited Powder Keg Diplomacy on 06 Aug 2017
07 Aug 2017 by

The food is amazing and the cocktails are delicious! Cannot recommend enough !! Laura visited Powder Keg Diplomacy on 04 Aug 2017
05 Aug 2017 by

A fantastic night as always, the Food and Wine was perfect and the staff were as attentive as they always are! visited Powder Keg Diplomacy on 03 Aug 2017
04 Aug 2017 by

Went for Sunday lunch. Have to choose from a set menu which involves 2 courses for £24. Obviously this works out as being the most expensive roast in South West London so we had high hopes! When the chicken roast was delivered to the table, they told us that they didn't have any Yorkshire puddings - however we weren't offered anything else to substitute. We were served a plate of cabbage, chopped leeks, a chicken leg and 2 potatoes for £18 (dividing out the assumed cost of the dessert at £6)!! I admire them for their ballsy mark up if nothing else. visited Powder Keg Diplomacy on 30 Jul 2017
31 Jul 2017 by

Top service, food was excellent and imaginative. visited Powder Keg Diplomacy on 28 Jul 2017
31 Jul 2017 by

Had the best birthday brunch! This place isn't local for me but I will continue to keep coming back because the cocktails are great and the staff are awesome. Thanks Powderkeg! visited Powder Keg Diplomacy on 29 Jul 2017
30 Jul 2017 by

Beautiful setting, great service and delicious food! Shakila visited Powder Keg Diplomacy on 28 Jul 2017
29 Jul 2017 by

My wife and I very much enjoyed our evening at PKD. We had booked a table for 7:30 and were a little stressed that we were running late (off the beaten track from central London). However we needn't have worried because the restaurant was fairly quiet. The food was very good - very well cooked and full of flavour (fairly reasonably priced for a smart 3 course dinner). Tried some of the cocktails - a little unsure which ones to choose at first (not regular cocktail drinkers) but the staff helped with very good selections. Liked the decor - drinks served in cut glass etc. Staff were very friendly and took time to explain the menu. Would recommend the restaurant for food and drink and if we were in the area would definitely like to go again - next time would choose a slightly busier day/time, Sunday evening was a little too quiet. visited Powder Keg Diplomacy on 23 Jul 2017
28 Jul 2017 by

Really nice in here. Drinks were lovely, as were the staff. The décor is really cool and something slightly different too. It's a good place both for dates but also for catching up with friends
16 Jul 2017 by

Good atmosphere, lovely staff, lush food! visited Powder Keg Diplomacy on 08 Jul 2017
09 Jul 2017 by

Loved it however, the wines needed to be stocked up. Didn't have Pinot Gris, then ran out of our alternative, twice. The drinks waiters weren't all that, brought wrong bottle of red (Malbec instead of merlot) and 2 rum old fashions (yummy) but one much shorter than the other so sent back. However we had a fantastic time. Plates should have been cleared quicker too but we had a great time and will be back again. Food was great and the atmosphere perfect. The staff were lovely, just a few technical issues. I will be recommending to friends ... visited Powder Keg Diplomacy on 30 Jun 2017
02 Jul 2017 by

Incredible- The food was amazing. visited Powder Keg Diplomacy on 30 Jun 2017
01 Jul 2017 by

This place is a real find - food is fabulous (even for a vegetarian such as myself), drinks are excellent and the service is super-courteous. Very recommended. visited Powder Keg Diplomacy on 21 Jun 2017
22 Jun 2017 by

Fabulous as always. The best place to spend my last night in London! Thank you all for a cracking night! visited Powder Keg Diplomacy on 08 Jun 2017
21 Jun 2017 by

Great food, great service. We had a really enjoyable evening. visited Powder Keg Diplomacy on 20 Jun 2017
21 Jun 2017 by

Initial disappointed the menu had changed over a 3 day period, but wow were the restaurant accomodating. They rustled up a complete new starter off the menu which was delicious. As usual the rest of the food was great, the atmosphere lovely and the service thoughtful and considerate. visited Powder Keg Diplomacy on 01 Jun 2017
15 Jun 2017 by

Lovely food and great service visited Powder Keg Diplomacy on 04 Jun 2017
05 Jun 2017 by

Decent gastro pub with hints of Victoriana but not as quirky as it seems on the website. We (3 women) all had different cocktails and they were all REALLY GOOD. Also had dinner - no complaints, great chips, nice wine, attentive service. visited Powder Keg Diplomacy on 25 May 2017
26 May 2017 by

Lovely evening, with attentive staff and great food, in the private dining room. We will be back! Thanks Ollie and team for taking such good care of us. x visited Powder Keg Diplomacy on 20 May 2017
22 May 2017 by

Came in for drinks and dinner with my parents. Staff were brilliant and the food was amazing!! Highly recommend. visited Powder Keg Diplomacy on 19 May 2017
21 May 2017 by

Very cute place and good service but the food was not that great. Its pretty cheap but my still, there is no excuse for using so much vinegar when poaching your eggs that it lands up being the only thing a consumer can taste. The crumb bits on the asparagus were hard an inedible. The triple cooked chips tasting very odd indeed, if I was not in a large group, I would have sent these things back. Cocktails were just ok which I thought they were renowned for. Overall, not great Tanya visited Powder Keg Diplomacy on 19 May 2017
20 May 2017 by

I absolutely couldn't love this restaurant more. Not only one of the best takes on a sour i've ever had but a really honest and British menu. God, that greenhouse restaurant was stunning.
17 Jan 2017 by

Such a great place to be - excellent beverages and food menu and an absolutely impecable staff team. Cocktails and craft beer over there were delicious! It`s a pity I was in London only for a few days, otherwise would definitely become a regular. Really recommend it! http://powderkegdiplomacy.co.uk/
31 Mar 2014 by

Very nice place. Love the decor, and the cocktails are great.

10 Feb 2012 by

A fantastic addition to the recent surge in St Johns Hill new bar/restaurant openings. This is a truely elegant and special bar and I loved every thing about it, very well considered decor with antiques and colonial touches, fantastic cocktails and red wine list and an atmosphere that is incomparable in London.

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