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The Greyhound occupies a prime location on the corner of Kensington Square, London’s oldest garden square.

The Greyhounds beautiful décor and friendly atmosphere makes it a well thought of establishment amongst beer aficionados and locals. The Greyhound owes its name to a heraldic reference to the Dukes of Newcastle. A greyhound was also known as a gazehound, as it relies more on its sight than sound. The dog breed which the pub owes its name to was formally used in the chase, and is therefore associated with greyhound racing, also known as “greycing”.

The first Greyhound was founded in the 17th century with evidence of the title deeds dating back to New Year’s Day 1686 and has been on the same site since then. It became a stylish area when William III’s court resided at Kensington Palace after modifications by Sir Christopher Wren and court sessions were occasionally held in The Greyhound. The current building was built in 1899 and restored to its Victorian splendour after a gas explosion devastated the internal fittings in 1977.

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Despite the comparatively small outside once you step through the door of The Greyhound you are greeted with an unexpectedly open and welcoming interior with a charming wooden façade and period lanterns.

Kensington Gardens offers an area of nearby tranquillity for residents, workers and tourists alike.

Situated in the park is the famous statue of Peter Pan commissioned by the author J M Barrie in 1902 and also the Princess Diana memorial playground. The Greyhound is also ideally placed as a welcoming rest from exploring the world renowned museums in South Kensington such as the Victoria & Albert and Natural History Museum.

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Greyhound

1 Kensington Square, London, W8 5EP

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