Zetland Arms

Coordinates: 51°29′36″N 0°10′33″W / 51.493384°N 0.175891°W / 51.493384; -0.175891
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Zetland Arms
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Zetland Arms
The Zetland Arms is located in Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea
The Zetland Arms
The Zetland Arms
The Zetland Arms is located in Greater London
The Zetland Arms
The Zetland Arms
General information
Locationcorner of Old Brompton Road and Bute Street
Town or cityLondon
Coordinates51°29′36″N 0°10′33″W / 51.493384°N 0.175891°W / 51.493384; -0.175891

The Zetland Arms is a pub in South Kensington, London, on the corner of Old Brompton Road and Bute Street.

It dates from the mid-1840s.[1] The pub is one of the few surviving original buildings from when this area was first developed.[2] In 1875, there was a brawl at the pub which started with insults about the Devonshire origin of some drinkers. A policeman ejected about a dozen people who continued fighting in the street, which resulted in a death from a fractured skull.[3]

It is claimed by the current owners, the pub chain Taylor Walker, that Charlie Chaplin bought the pub for his brother Marlon and his mother.[4] On pubshistory.com, it is noted that "According to the pub sign, the 1880 landlord Sid Chaplin was the older half brother of Charlie Chaplin the film star", and the 1880 Post Office Directory confirms that a Sid Chaplin was landlord in 1880.[5]


  1. ^ Starren, Carolyn (2006). The Kensington book. London: Historical Publications. p. 123. ISBN 9781905286164.
  2. ^ "Estates and houses before 1851: The lesser estates". British History Online (BHO). Retrieved 18 February 2016.
  3. ^ John Carter Wood (2015), "Drinking, Fighting and Sociability in Nineteenth-Century Britain", Drink in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries, Routledge, p. 75, ISBN 9781317318941
  4. ^ "Zetland Arms in Kensington". Taylor-walker.co.uk. Retrieved 18 February 2016.
  5. ^ "Zetland Arms, 1 Bute Street, South Kensington - A listing of historical London public houses, Taverns, Inns, Beer Houses and Hotels in Kensington, London. This includes a massive area of London, including Brompton, Ladbroke Grove, Notting Hill, Kensal Town, parts of Fulham Road , Portobello Road etc". Pubshistory.com. 10 January 2016. Retrieved 18 February 2016.

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