Nov 15 2021

King of the South Lives Up to Its Name

I’m a proud Croydonite, one who lauds the borough as being the heart of London. Whilst I’m a Croydoner through and through I’ve lacked in attempting to discover the best new spots for a bit of food and drink on a cheeky Saturday night.

One spot that came to our attention is the recently opened pub & kitchen, King of the South. The pub opened back in August of this year that is a traditional pub but with a South American spin. And it’s this south American, namely Brazilian, influence that you feel instantly as the staff instantly welcome you into this family friendly vibe that is very much South American.

Every Saturday Brazilian-Uruguayan singer Regis Milan takes the stage to perform a host of classics like Bohemian Rapsody, Killing Me Softly, Shallow and an array of Hispanic bangers too. Having been to Rio de Janeiro myself, Regis does a stellar job in bringing authentic Brazilian vibes to south London.

For our starters, we had their loaded fries that are filled with pulled beef that’s smothered in sriracha sauce, mayo and onions as well as their morish bbq Koren chicken strips. For our mains, we had their chicken burger that comes with bacon, cheese, tomato and sriracha sauce as well as their barbacoa burrito. The food was delectable and very filling; two things I love most about South American food. The cocktails are tasty and strong, Maria, who was an absolute Godsend, mixed up their sweet but-with-a-kick cocktail, Tokyo Tea. The drink has gin, tequila, rum and vodka; a dream for anyone who can handle their drink!

If you’re looking for a bit of an escape to Brazil but can’t quite afford a ticket, then heading to King of the South will give you the best semblance of the juggernaut South American country. The staff are beyond welcoming, love dance and a sing and invite to be part of their tight-knit family. The food is tasty, affordable and most importantly there’s something for all varying types of foodies. Plus who doesn’t like a bit of live singing too, especially one who croons in Spanish and Portugese!


King of the South, South End, Croydon, CR0 1DL


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What type of night?

date night or large group of friends

Words by Gerald Onyango

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