The Abingdon

the abingdon past & present

Based on the 1871 Census, 54 Abingdon Road was first established as a public house in 1869 on what was then called Newland Street.

The Staples family took over The Abingdon in 1998 and it has remained in the family ever since. Shortly after it was refurbished by the Staples’ to the Abingdon we know today.  Steeped in history, The Abingdon ambience pays homage to its past with elegant booth seating and wooden floors whilst remaining modern and upmarket with art-deco featured and eclectic artwork.

the team

Peter - Owner

“Since we took over the Abingdon in 1998, our vision has always been to create a home away from home for our regulars. Some of which live close by and we see every day, some live on the other side of the world and we see once a year, but they all form a part of our Abingdon family”

Amicia - General Manager

“Having grown up in the hospitality industry, The Abingdon quickly became my second home and I feel this is also reflected in the atmosphere we have created. I feel a large part of its success stems from the familiar, yet professional service we provide and I love noticing a sense of community within our walls”

Suki- Back of House

“I love what the Abingdon means to different people and how it stays in people’s memories. It is very frequent that we have people come in to celebrate their anniversary because they met over dinner in our booths or we get to host birthdays every year as we see children become adults. The Abingdon is a pillar of the local Kensington community, and the covid lockdown really shined a light on this. Lots of local people told us how important we, The Abingdon, the staff and the people that come here, were to them over that challenging period. I’m proud to be a part of a family business that can impart that familiar feeling to others”