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CheckMate Bar, Lounge and Restaurant

#3,929 of 17,833 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
South Kensington
Bar, British
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117-129 Cromwell Road, London SW7 4DS, England
+44 20 7370 5711
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75 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Reasonable prices for a hotel bar in this part of town. Interior was comfortable and service was very good.

Thank PhilM150
Tiverton, United Kingdom
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200 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Linked to the park international hotel but open to the public, open until 1pm on the Monday I was there , friendly staff, a limited range of beers/ciders but it's a small bar, not a bad place for a few late night drinks but not really lively. Didn't try the food.

Thank ccsclwns7773
London, United Kingdom
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39 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Amazing experience, international menu is excellent but the Thai food is some of the best in London. The service is personal and intimate, yet the restaurant is spacious and very comfortable with excellent seating. Safe to say, I am a regular!

Thank ArneKar
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2017

CheckMate is a charming and friendly restaurant at the Park International Hotel on Gloucester Road. The atmosphere is wonderful and the décor is great. And the food and drinks are worth a visit! Try the Pad Thai or the Garlic Chicken - equally delicious! The staff are very friendly and chatty and makes sure you are well looked after. Try... More 

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Wigan, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016 via mobile

Stumbled across this bar and can honestly say one of the nicest bars we have been in. Reasonable prices for London and decorated to a high standard! Bar staff very hospitable and friendly.

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107 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2016 via mobile

An interesting mix of Thai and European cuisine...had a little of both. The Prawn spring rolls were excellent! It is served with a sweet peanut sauce, but you can also have a very spicy sauce (although the personnel think it is mild). I then had a chicken with mozarella and chips whic was fair. There is a great pianist for... More 

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Long Island
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29 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016

It was fun meeting our friends for a great cocktail before heading off to dinner. Great Martinis kept coming. They also gave us complimentary nibbles. Maybe for the amount of drinks we consumed.

Thank needtotravel
Rust, Austria
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97 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2016 via mobile

we ask arpund 4.30 pm if there is tea and cake. twice. twice yes. we order. no cake. 3 cocktails on the menu unavailable. 2 because no more cream (Irish Coffee / Piña Colada), 1 because blackberries not in stock. ...

Thank Wulfing
Bourne End, United Kingdom
1 review
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016 via mobile

Came to this bar to have a nice drink on a Sunday evening with my friend. We weren't acknowledged for around 10 minutes on arrival. Then once we ordered our drinks our bartender proceeded to then leave us and deal with other people and take phone calls/talk to their colleague. We were then told to take a seat and our... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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28 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016 via mobile

Restaurant was located just around the corner from our accommodation so made for an easy last dinner. Quiet for a Saturday night but that suited us as the music was pleasant & the staff had plenty of time for us. Happy hour from 5pm to 9pm with 2 for 1 cocktails so this covered our whole dining period. I've had... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$20 - US$35
Bar, British
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Bar Scene
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 117-129 Cromwell Road, London SW7 4DS, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > South Kensington
  • Neighbourhood: South Kensington
  • Phone Number: +44 20 7370 5711
CheckMate Bar, Lounge and Restaurant occupies the ground floor of Kensington���s Park International Hotel. Its location in chichi southwest London makes this an ideal stop off after a visit to the area���s many museums and attractions, or for guests at the hotel. The d��cor follows a unique black and white chess theme, making this a glamorous place to kick back and relax. The raison d'��tre at CheckMate Bar, Lounge and Restaurant is cocktails ��� well-trained staff are skilled at preparing a wide range of delicious drinks. The menu features both pan Asian and traditional British pub dishes, meaning you can enjoy anything from a fragrant pad Thai to a hearty burger and chips, depending on your mood. The menu changes regularly and there are also daily specials, and a range of bar snacks.

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