The Imperial

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Stamford Bridge staple, The Imperial Arms has lost both, its arms and its match day mayhem, as the King's Road pub has undergone a lavish makeover. The Chelsea bar is now known simply as The Imperial, and takes on a new role as a chic gastro pub. The Victorian building has been lovingly restored, to a sleek and sophisticated finish that incorporates original antique features, and the stylish vibe of its King's Road neighbours. 

While holding on to the popularity and charm of the old pub, this London restaurant bar brings in customers with a selection of refined yet nutritious sustainably-sourced British and international cuisine, and a varied wine list stocked with both British and organic options. The Imperial is the work of long-time food and beverage pros Kate MacWhirter and Alan Turtill who, between them, have CVs that read like a little black book of London bars and restaurants; they've also brought in bright spark young chef Tom Hope to run the seasonally-focused kitchen.

This  Chelsea restaurant bar is sophisticated yet low key, with guests dropping in for everything from a quick tipple, to a three course meal. Spaces ranging from a bustling open kitchen restaurant, to a chilled out bar space or beer garden.  


For private hire functions, checkout their 'Eden' secret garden; a getaway packed with historical artifacts, beautiful botanicals and 19th-century-inspired adornments, courtesy of premium Champagne brand, 'Perrier-Jouët'.


No door charge
No queues normally
Splash the Cash £££
Smart casual


Day Open Close Notes
09:00 23:00
09:00 23:00
09:00 23:00
09:00 00:00
09:00 00:00
09:00 00:00
10:00 22:00


The Imperial
577 King's Road, London, SW6 2EH

West London

Nearest station:
Fulham Broadway (Tube)
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Drink Prices Price
Glass of Wine (175ml measure Large ) £6.25


A word from the chef:
A simple yet stunning collection of sustainable and seasonal cuisine.

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very enjoyable always...and they have lovely friendly staff. sometimes think the menu is a little overly fussy though, and the Puddings are well-overpriced......£9 is too much for the kind of restaurant this is...and it just stops you bothering. visited The Imperial on 14 Oct 2016
16 Oct 2016 by anonymous

Amazing party venue, incredibly helpful staff, great food and a fab vibe! visited The Imperial on 14 Oct 2016
16 Oct 2016 by anonymous

Had a lovely time thank you! visited The Imperial on 13 Oct 2016
15 Oct 2016 by anonymous

Food was delicious. Great atmosphere visited The Imperial on 13 Oct 2016
15 Oct 2016 by anonymous

The upstairs Private Dining Room is perfect for parties - we had 28 around one huge table which works so well. Incredible food, millions of pretty tea lights, essential dimmer switch (hate bright rooms) superb service; a fabulous evening was had by all, thank you The Imperial! iotc visited The Imperial on 30 Sep 2016
03 Oct 2016 by iotc

Food was as great as ever Jessica visited The Imperial on 30 Sep 2016
02 Oct 2016 by Jessica

Amazing venue for a meeting and the staff are really attentive to make sure you are refreshed throughout the day. We will be using again for sure.
25 Sep 2016 by andyhibbert

Just paid a return visit to this fine establishment. It was much quieter than my first visit, as we went after 2:30pm Monday. As it was a lovely day we sat in their ‘Secret Garden’ (pet lover note) I chose the ‘Fish of the Day’ which was Sea Bass with Squid to start with. Both were cooked to perfection with excellent service at all time. Close to Chelsea Harbour, this is a reasonable priced venue with 5 star service. Just what you want in London today! Talking to the manager, they are apparently shortly to have a refurbishment and I for one, can’t wait to pay return visit to such a delightful place.
14 Sep 2016 by momo

Went to the Imperial for lunch on Sunday the weather was gorgeous so we had a pretty little table in the garden. From the moment we arrived the staff was very friendly and we felt very welcome and well looked after. We wanted to share the starters so we went for the tuna, squid and chorizo, Salmon Tataki and the bacon with red pepper sorbet and oh my god the flavours were just amazing. For main courses we had the roast chicken with all the trimmings and steamed mussels probably the best I've ever tasted served with crushy sourdough bread. The Imperial is fabulous restaurant well worth a visit and we shall return very soon.
18 Aug 2016 by Sylvain

They hosted us for our company awards, and were absolutely fantastic, from beginning to end. From last-minute changes and tweaks to complicated orders, they didn't hesitate and made the entire event so easy and so enjoyable. The food and wine was fantastic, venue was lovely, and staff were outstanding - cannot recommend enough! rbluman visited The Imperial on 12 Aug 2016
15 Aug 2016 by rbluman

We always feel at home here. I often book the private room for training sessions with my team and it provides great focus with the added treat of delicious food. Very attentive staff make the whole experience efficient and fun! Thank you
01 Aug 2016 by Katy

The team are always most attentive and cant do enough. The Imperial is ideal for business lunches and dinner. A relaxed but professional atmosphere with a garden at the back. Juliette visited The Imperial on 17 Dec 2015
24 Jul 2016 by Juliette

Excellent food/wine Sunday Lunch was delicious. The service friendly and very accommodating ( we had a baby). The ambiance and ecor is relaxed and inviting. You feel at home. A must unclerichard visited The Imperial on 19 Jun 2016
22 Jun 2016 by unclerichard

I wish to say a HUGE Thank You to ALL for yesterday. ALL the lovely patent staff were amazing Your cooperation during the planning stages made it the success it was. Stacey visited The Imperial on 18 Jun 2016
21 Jun 2016 by Stacey

Amazing! The perfect al fresco lunch spot, fab service and INCREDIBLE FOOD! Honestly the Chef is off the charts, best food I have EVER eaten in a gastro pub! Kate the Owner/Manager goes out of her way to make sure you have the best time & are kept topped up with their delicious rose!
25 May 2016 by Jo

Amsolutely stunning venue with delicious food and great staff! Had the best 30th party - one to remember! thank you to all the staff and to Karen for organising it all in advance. I would highly recommend for a special occasion!
23 May 2016 by Lorren

One of the best roasts we've had by far! Perfect relaxed celebration for a family birthday. Nothing too much for the team either. Hats off to the Chef! Such a good, buzzing atmosphere. Loved it! Karen visited The Imperial on 21 Feb 2016
23 Feb 2016 by Karen

Our new favourite place! Fantastic food and wonderful friendly service. Our dog is always welcome and the wine list has a fantastic choice.. Having lived in the area for years it has become apparent that receiving consistently good cooked food is not easy to find however The Imperial has not disappointed in this regard! The restaurant area at the back looks into an open kitchen so you know your food is being prepared by happy chefs! We will definitely be back - a lot. rachieb100 visited The Imperial on 08 Jan 2016
11 Jan 2016 by rachieb100

Fabulous night as always. Food is amazing, atmosphere wonderful and staff attentive and first rate. We sat in the garden under twinkling lights with wonderful wine, food and service. A great way to start the Christmas festivities. aennab visited The Imperial on 17 Dec 2015
19 Dec 2015 by aennab

What a great children (8th) birthday party we had, from 6:30pm on a Sunday. Extremely friendly, helpful and professional staff. The kids loved it. We could even bring our own cake (Our daughter has peculiar tastes). Highly recommended. mgoulven visited The Imperial on 06 Dec 2015
08 Dec 2015 by mgoulven

Fabulous day. Service was impeccable, friendly and thoughtfull. FOod was delicious with fresh ingredients. We had the private room which was perfect for our large family/friend gathering w/ kids. Lovely covered garden! Thanks 4 making my birthday so special!will be back. aennab visited The Imperial on 29 Nov 2015
01 Dec 2015 by aennab

Delicious food and wine. Creative and interesting menu. Fabulous garden at the back and great atmosphere. All the staff are very friendly and helpful. Also has a large room that you can book for private events. annabeldearlove visited The Imperial on 23 Nov 2015
25 Nov 2015 by annabeldearlove

The food is simply fantastic as is the wine list, both full of unusual, inventive and delicious selections and creations, very impressed will be back soon to experience more!
23 Nov 2013 by manjazz77
1 person people found this helpful

I did always like this place but it was crying out for a makeover, I'm a big fan of Hope's food, so I can't wait to see what they do with the place.
04 Sep 2013 by gilesjeeves

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