The Troubadour in Earl’s Court


Troubadour Restaurant Entrance Earl's Court London

A Chelsea Institution – the Troubadour in Earl’s Court

Just west of Museum Row in South Kensington, a little bit south of the shops along Kensington High Street and a touch north of Fulham Road in Chelsea, there’s a charming little neighborhood called Earl’s Court. It’s a tad off the beaten path for tourists and all the more lovely precisely because of that fact. Here you’ll find everything you know and love about Kensington and Chelsea, including rows of elegant Victorian homes, pretty garden squares and peaceful residential neighborhoods near great restaurants and London shopping spots. However, there’s one thing that you’ll only find in Earl’s Court … the Troubadour!

The Troubadour Earls Court Cafe Tables Outdoors

Dine outdoors in Chelsea at the Troubadour

Earl’s Court most popular café is one of the last of the London’s great coffee houses founded in the 1950s. As a café, restaurant and music venue, the Troubadour was right smack in the center of the Swingin’ 60s scene in London. Even though it remains at the heart of London’s music scene, it still oozes that vintage charm of days gone by. And oh what days they were! Through these doors walked such legendary performers as Bob Dylan and Jimi Hendrix. In more recent times, Troubadour also had the honor of hosting Adele’s first gig.

The Troubadour Window Teapots

The colourful windows at the Troubadour – impossible to miss!

As you walk down Old Brompton Road, it’s easy to spot the Troubadour with its colorful rows of teapots lining the windows. Inside, the decor is what might happen if the owner of a nostalgia shop decided to move in with a bohemian musician – vintage bits and bobs line the shelves and the walls are covered with memorabilia, instruments, records. Everything but the kitchen sink. (It might be there and we just missed it …) It’s charming and utterly refreshing in its uniqueness.

The Troubadour in Earl's Court Interior

Eclectic and fun decor in the Troubadour

The Troubadour is a café and restaurant with an extensive menu for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner. Locals stop in for a coffee and comfortable spot to catch up with friends or to tuck into a nice bowl of soup or the daily specials. When I stopped in recently I enjoyed lunch next to a table of young mothers who were talking about their kid’s schools, shopping and life over a cup of coffee. That’s the Troubadour … from Bob Dylan to neighborhood moms … all naturally coming together in one setting.

Records and Memorabilia at the Troubadour in London

Chelsea’s musical heritage is very much alive at the Troubadour

The musical heritage of the Troubadour is everywhere you look. The walls are covered with memorabilia that includes photos, newspaper clippings, framed records and even a guitar. And it’s not just the past, The Club at the Troubadour hosts concerts most evenings during the week. It’s located just downstairs from the restaurant and café, and if you head down there to take a look you’ll pass the entrance to the little garden dining spot out back that’s super popular in the summer.

Teapots at the Troubadour in Earl's Court London

Stop in for a cup of tea at the Troubadour

Just next door you’ll find Troubadour Wines, which is an excellent wine shop that also offers wine tastings. Guests staying at our lovely Churchill vacation rental just a few blocks away can enjoy popping over to the wine store for a bottle of wine with dinner or stop by the café for brunch in the mornings before heading out for a day sightseeing in London.

Troubadour Restaurant in Chelsea London

Oh so charming Chelsea in London!

The Troubadour is a little bit of past … a little bit of present … and a big ol’ dollop of London charm! Do stop in on your next visit to London. While you’re there, let this bit from Bob Dylan’s writings float through your mind:

“I was lingering out on the pavement. There was a missing person inside of myself and I needed to find him . . . Wherever I am, I’m a ’60s troubadour, a folk-rock relic, a wordsmith from bygone days, a fictitious head of state from a place nobody knows.”

The Troubadour
263-7 Old Brompton Road, London SW5 9J

4 Responses to “The Troubadour in Earl’s Court”

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  2. Clare Jones says:

    This article brought memories flooding back.I am now76 and when I was a child lived in Earls Court Square with my parents and little age 14 I used to go to the Troubadour for a coffee and take my little sister.I remember how exciting it was being in London at that time,Biba opened in Kensington.I bought a moody purple T shirt with dramatic sleeves.What fun days !

  3. Laura says:

    So much incredible history in Earl’s Court and the Troubadour!

  4. Colin Karp says:

    I was there one Saturday night/ Sunday morning when Sidney Carter spent some considerable time (perhaps 2-Hours) talking about writing “Lord of the Dance.”
    It was one of many wonderful late nights I spent there enjoying the many talented compères and performers.

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