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Paxton's Head (Greene King)

Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Sambrook's - Pale AleExcellent1
Marston's - EPAGood3
Hook Norton - Lion (aka Cotswold Lion)Acceptable1
Greene King - Morland Old Golden HenNot Tried0
Black Sheep - Best BitterNot Tried0
Eagle (formerly Wells & Young's, formerly Charles Wells, formerly Wells) - Bombardier (was Bombardier Glorious English) (use Eagle entry now please)Not Tried0
Jennings (since closure now brewed at Marston's) - Cumberland AleNot Tried0
Hogs Back - Tongham TEA (previously T.E.A.)Not Tried0
Brains - SA GoldNot Tried0
Greene King - IPA (was 3.6%)Not Tried0
Timothy Taylor - LandlordNot Tried0
Otter - AmberNot Tried0
Greene King - London GloryNot Tried0
Adnams - BroadsideNot Tried0
Woodforde's - WherryNot Tried0
Picture 1. Paxton's Head, Knightsbridge, Central London
Picture 2. Paxton's Head, Knightsbridge, Central London
Michael Croxford

Visits Details

08 Feb 2018 (Andrew)
Nice pub. Sat in the window with Gareth and watched Ferraris and the like pootle by.
Sambrook's - Pale Ale4.20ExcellentLight and refreshing pale ale.
Greene King - IPA (was 3.6%)3.40Not Tried
Timothy Taylor - Landlord4.30Not Tried
Otter - Amber4.00Not Tried
Greene King - London Glory4.10Not Tried
12 Oct 2013 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening. Some confusion over CAMRA 10% discount but it eventually give.
Hook Norton - Lion (aka Cotswold Lion)4.00AcceptableFlat, no head, cloyingly sugary
Jennings (since closure now brewed at Marston's) - Cumberland Ale4.00Not Tried
Hogs Back - Tongham TEA (previously T.E.A.)4.20Not TriedAbout to come on
Marston's - EPA3.60Not Tried
Brains - SA Gold4.30Not Tried
10 Sep 2013 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening. Some difficulty finding this at the junction of Knightsbridge and Brompton Road. Friendly and knowledgeable bar manager who has not quite worked at most central London pubs in his time!! Fair and honest pricing policy for the area.
Marston's - EPA3.60Excellent
Adnams - Broadside4.70Not Tried
Black Sheep - Best Bitter3.80Not TriedPump clip adorned with a hanging sign saying "Pipes conditioning I'll be back soon!"
Eagle (formerly Wells & Young's, formerly Charles Wells, formerly Wells) - Bombardier (was Bombardier Glorious English) (use Eagle entry now please)4.10Not Tried
Greene King - Morland Old Golden Hen4.10Not Tried
10 Sep 2013 (HSB)
11:00 First stop on a London CAMRA Regional Inventory pub tour.
Marston's - EPA3.60Good
10 Sep 2013 (ChrisE)
11am, we were expecting to get a breakfast here, but it was no longer available. I had difficulty finding this place,and this is not the area where you find locals to ask directions. This pub gives a discount to CAMRA members.
Marston's - EPA3.60Good
Adnams - Broadside4.70Not Tried
Woodforde's - Wherry3.80Not Tried
Greene King - Morland Old Golden Hen4.10Not Tried

About the Paxton's Head

The pub sign. Paxton's Head, Knightsbridge, Central London

Summary of Beer Scores



The pub is found in Knightsbridge, Central London, SW1X 7PA.

This pub is but a small part of the massive Park Mansions retail and residential redevelopment designed by architect G. D. Martin: it is located in the phase that was built in 1900-2. There had been a pub on the site for generations and thus we have an interesting example of continuous usage for the licensed trade. The name commemorates Joseph Paxton who designed the Crystal Palace which once stood nearby. Superlative etched and cut glass can be found lining the walls and in doors and baffles. Motifs include grotesque masks, mythical birds, fruit, flowers and swirling foliage – all stock features in the repertoire of contemporary pub glass designs. Note the doors at the rear right which have PH monograms. The bar counter with its panelled front and the ornate stillion in the middle date back to 1902, as does the central lobby with clock above. There is also an attractive Lincrusta ceiling with foliage decoration. Originally there would have been subdivisions surrounding the counter but these have all been swept away. The superstructure on the counter and bridges to the side walls are modern work. An oval central servery serves all areas. A circular staircase leads down to a basement bar (Hydeaway Bar) but no real ale down there. 5 handpumps on the ground floor bar counter face the customer upon entering. CAMRA discount on real ales for card carrying members.

We have visited this pub 5 times, seen 15 different beers and tried 3 of them.

Map location

Postcode: SW1X 7PA