The Hour Glass

279-283 Brompton Road, London, SW3 2DY

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A timeless, London pub in the heart of a bustling community serving simple, seasonal and delicious food.

Opening in September 2015 in in Brompton, a destination for design, culture, fashion and food, The Hour Glass is an intimate, neighbourhood pub serving great pints and fantastic food. In conjunction with landlords South Kensington Estates, Luke Mackay and David Turcan are at the helm – the wildly successful duo behind Brompton Food Market. Just around the corner their shop continues to command rave reviews for its superb produce, secret garden café and friendly service.


Luke has been in the food and wine business for 17 years, latterly as Borough Market’s demo chef and in-house writer. He was responsible for taking over and turning around the failing Royal Oak in Wiltshire – now rated as one of the best pubs in the country. David’s expertise lie in marketing, communications and business development allied with amazing, albeit amateur skills in the kitchen. They met 20 years ago at Reading University; a lifelong friendship forged in many, many inferior pubs to The Hour Glass.

Henry Gravells, the live-in Landlord, has managed some of the most famous pubs in London including The Pilot Inn in Greenwich, The Cabbage Patch in Twickenham and The Salutation in Hammersmith. He runs a “proper pub” serving immaculately kept beer in unbranded pint glasses. London brewers are prominent making up at least 50% of the draft options alongside some proper cloudy scrumpy, IPA’s and at least 3 guest ales. Bottled beers will reflect London’s great beer heritage and there will also be some stunning modern brews on offer sourced from friends in the neighbourhood.


London is built around its boozers, each with a story to tell. Against a backdrop of yet more pub closures, making way for more monochrome housing, it is with huge delight that we invite you to feast your eyes (and taste buds) on The Hour Glass, built in the best of London pub traditions in the heart of Brompton, South Kensington.



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