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Imperial College Union Bars

(also known as FiveSixEight; Union Bar)

Beit Quadrangle, Prince Consort Road
South Kensington

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Premises Type

This is a club, which means that the bar may be only open to members.

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Opening Times


MondayNoon - 11.00 pm
TuesdayNoon - 11.00 pm
WednesdayNoon - 1.00 am
ThursdayNoon - 11.00 pm
FridayNoon - 2.00 am
SaturdayNoon - Midnight
SundayNoon - 10.30 pm

Meal Times

Mon - Fri noon - 10pm
Sat & Sun noon - 9pm


Imperial College

About the Club

The Union provides the main bars for students at the Imperial College main campus and offers them good value for money. Union membership is also available to alumini and, during the Proms season at the nearby Albert Hall, on a temporary basis for concert-goers. Situated at the northern end of the Beit Quad (accessed through the archway on Prince Consort Road) the two main bars, FiveSixEight and the Union Bar, are in adjacent rooms. Across the entrance hall is the (keg only) Metric nightclub.

Opening hours given are for the main FiveSixEight bar. This is a large modernised room with painted brick walls and a concrete-topped bar, believed to be the longest in any student union in the UK. "FiveSixEight"? Well, (of course), it's the number millilitres in a pint and reflects the progress from Imperial to SI units that this learned institution will have helped promote!

The adjacent Union Bar is open from 5pm but is used primarily for college Club and Society events. It is light oak floored and panelled and behind the oak bar is the Union's pewter tankard collection: each tankard belongs to a senior elected role within the Union and is engraved with the names of the various post-holders over the years.

Real ales are supplied through a contract with Molson Coors. During the Christmas and Easter university vacations, the bars will often reduce the range, serving only one cask beer, or just keg.

Food is just what you might expect to suit students, but again offers good value. The bar website lists various deals.

Regular ales

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Changing ales

This pub serves 4 changing beers.

Changing beers typically include:

  • Greene King --varies--
  • Sharp's Atlantic
  • Windsor & Eton --varies--

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Club Features

  • RealAle Real Ale Available
  • CaskMarque Cask Marque Accredited



Club Facilities

  • DisabledAccess Disabled Access
  • LunchtimeMeals Lunchtime Meals
  • EveningMeals Evening Meals
  • Garden Garden

    Large quadrangle with seating.

  • Events Events

    See club website.

  • FunctionRoom Function Room

    Bars and other inside and outside spaces.

  • LiveMusic Live Music
  • Smoking Smoking Area


  • SportsTV Sports TV

    Sky & BT.

  • WiFi Wifi

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Imperial College Union Bars

Beit Quadrangle, Prince Consort Road
South Kensington

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51.499859, -0.17807


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Nearby London Underground/Overground/DLR (925m)

South Kensington

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Imperial College Union Bars

Beit Quadrangle, Prince Consort Road
South Kensington

Club Features

  • Real Ale Available
  • Cask Marque Accredited
  • Disabled Access
  • Lunchtime Meals
  • Evening Meals
  • Garden
  • Events
  • Function Room
  • Live Music
  • Smoking Area
  • Sports TV
  • Wifi
  • Close to Bus Routes
  • Close to London Underground / Overground / DLR

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