Surprise6 Christchurch Terrace
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A delightful Surprise this pub indeed is, hidden away, as it is, in the backstreets of Chelsea, though its name originates from that of the ship that bore Napoleon's body back to France in 1820. Since its original incarnation, it has adapted to suit the local denizens and is now more of a gastropub, with British fare at Chelsea prices, though the pub still offers quizzes, beer festivals, theatre performances and other events.
The downstairs room is divided into distinct areas wrapped around the servery, some more drinking-oriented and some rather more for dining. The floorboards are stripped, the walls plain painted and the large windows have those wonderful quarter-height privacy curtains, formerly ubiquitous but not much seen these days. Fireplaces, quirky art on the walls and comfy sofas as well as tables and chairs complete the picture.