A quiet residential street off the King’s Road is probably the last place you’d expect to find a traditional gay pub. The area is better known for expensive cocktails bars and upscale gastropubs designed to draw in the Made in Chelsea set than any pink credentials. But turn down Tryon Street and sure enough you’ll find the Queen’s Head, a large and friendly pub where a predominantly gay clientele rubs shoulders (and possibly, after a few pints, other body parts…) with some of SW3′s less attention-seeking locals. Old buffers with faces as red as their trousers, hooray Henry’s, suited Mayfair hedge-funders and local lads in top-to-toe Jack Wills come to enjoy the refreshingly unpretentious atmosphere; perhaps surprisingly given the location and the stereotypes that surround it thanks to a certain ‘scripted-reality’ series, the Queen’s Head is about as unwanky as a gay bar gets.
Don’t be put off by the stern faces on some of the guys in the small front snug bar; this part of the pub seems to have been adopted as the ‘straight’ section over time although of course it’s not off-limits to anyone. The two larger side rooms are where the fun’s at, with plenty of standing room for eyeing up the boys and ample seating for anyone wanting to take the weight off their lallies and maybe soak up the booze with some of the standard-but-decent pub grub. As well as the usual range of wines, beers and spirits, there’s always a couple of real ales on offer, something you don’t see in Soho. In fact the Queen’s Head is such a class act that, really, it could only have been made in Chelsea.
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