Paradise by Way of Kensal Green

Greater London West - North Kensington

A historic pub interior of some regional importance

Listed Status: Not listed

19 Kilburn Lane
North Kensington
W10 4AE

Tel: (020) 8969 0098

Email: bookings@theparadise.co.uk

Website https://www.theparadise.co.uk/

Lunchtime Meals: Yes

Evening Meals: Yes

Bus: Yes

View on: Whatpub

Late Victorian three-storey corner site building of red-brown brick. There's a good moulded (Lincrusta?) ceiling; a frieze around the room, as well as some fielded panelling, and the panelled bar counter (with a modern zinc top) and two bar back fittings may be old. In the rear dining room the walls have fielded panelling that looks inter-war, and there's also a good unused wood surround fireplace. Perhaps the most interesting feature here is in the external lobby where there's a ceramic panel in bas relief of a scantily-clad lady grape-picking.

Imposing and impressive three-storey corner sited building of red-brown brick from the late Victorian era (date of re-build of 1892 above the Regent Street door). It has stone mullioned windows (leaded glass in the upper sections) and a glazed stone dado on the ground floor. There are three external doors but only the large entrance in Kilburn Lane is in use. The external lobby has on the right-hand side above the dado a ceramic panel in bas relief of a scantily-clad lady grape-picking. There is a similar panel at the Rochester Castle, Stoke Newington N16. It has a matching interior of some opulence but has undergone a revamp with a shabby-chic makeover.

Double doors lead into the main bar with a bare wood floor, a good moulded (Lincrusta?) ceiling, and a frieze around the room. The panelled bar counter (with a modern zinc top) and two bar back fittings (painted a cream colour) with a doorway for staff between them may be old (difficult to date). Around the room is some fielded panelling. On the right-hand side is the reading room with dado panelling that might be old but the wood surround fireplace looks modern. Beyond is a snug situated at the base of a staircase with two large decorative tiled panels of alternating plain tiles and ones in relief. This area looks more like a lobby i.e. their unusual position indicates changes to the room.

At the rear is a large dining room with a modern bar counter and a plain bar back painted a light grey which might be old but more likely modern. Around the walls is fielded panelling that does look inter-war and a good wood surround fireplace not in use. There are at least three more rooms upstairs.

How much of the original fixtures and fitting remains open to question, and clearly there has been some opening up of the interior.

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