The Four Thieves used to be a different bar. It was the kind of bar you go in to for a few beers, say “that bar is okay”, then never go back again. Which is exactly why we went a few years ago and didn’t go back. That was until last week when we wandered past and nipped in again to find it was now called The Four Thieves. But that wasn’t the only thing that’s changed. In fact, pretty much all of it has changed.
The first thing to say about the Four Thieves is that it’s really nicely designed. Uncovered brickwork, pipes leading to its own gin distillery and brewery and an outdoor area that is so eclectic it looks like Laurence Llewelyn Bowen was invited to spruce up the Thunderdome in Mad Max. But where most places would end up looking like a gentrified gimmick it actually pulls it all off really well; resulting in a sort of cozy, friendly house that some eccentric rich friend owns.
But there’s a lot more to The Four Thieves than interesting decor. Firstly, where once there was a theatre, now sits an enormous games room. A games room that includes table tennis, pinball machines, a giant screen for retro computer gaming and a massive toy motor-car track. Downstairs is a little theatre used for comedy shows and various other things (we were told that senior citizens use it for ballroom dancing during weekdays – lovely, right?).
And then there’s the food. Really good pub food made for everyone. The pièce de résistance being the frankly ridiculous Four Thieves burger. A towering monstrosity of a burger piled high with giant onion rings and various fillings. We finished it, but only just.
If that wasn’t enough there’s also jazz nights, a ridiculously popular pub quiz, a soul, funk and Motown night, a retro hiphop DJ and a load of cheap food deals.
So yeah, well worth a visit. We’re on our way there now actually.
Address: 51 Lavender Gardens, SW11 1DJ
Picture credits: The Four Thieves