This café, open daytimes through evenings, is decked out in a girly nostalgia chic with retro furniture that’s for sale. It is a popular venue for private parties, hen do's and the like.
The café menu’s simple, and limited: sandwiches, tarts, salads, cheese and charcuterie boards. Much effort is made with the pastries, which are displayed on the counter. The selection of teas is excellent, presented in pretty teacups.
In the evenings alcoholic drinks (some with punning names) come into their own: the 'Corrrr… what a pear' consists of spiced rum, lime and apple juice muddled with fresh pear.
There are many events held here, mostly crafts- and dance-oriented. Some are unusual to say the least, such as ‘play with clay Scream’: the opportunity to recreate Munch's famous painting in ceramic.
Delightfully innocent pastimes like Lego, play with clay, papier mâché and board games are served up alongside gin, cocktails and DJs. Fancy a boogie? We bust the freshest floor-fillers, alongside rocking retro cuts until 2am.
Our speciality? Joyful competitive high jinks; picture yourself (with a team of mates) moulding Arnold Schwarzenegger out of clay, icing Lionel Richie’s hairdo onto biscuits, or claiming sweet, sweet victory at dance floor pass-the-parcel.
Open all day to late at night, bringing you afternoon tea, cake, brunch, lunch, party buffets, cocktails, sharing platters, beers, wine and more!
Hen do? We love you. Corporate meet? We’re right up your street. After-work boozing? We’ll get you proper grooving.
Drink. Shop. Do.
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9 Caledonian Rd
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Average User Rating
4.4 / 5
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I brought a gaggle of ladies here for a friend's hen do last weekend, and it was so very lovely. The venue itself is great, and the service was wonderful. Right from organising the event with Grace, who was patient, helpful and very understanding, especially in the face of the inevitable changes to the final numbers- to the staff on the day, who were really lovely and made you feel that nothing was too much trouble. I would also like to say a huge thank you to the lady who did our 'do' (corsages) considering one of our number was hideously late due to a nightmare on the tubes, and another of our number (me) is frankly, a liability with a needle and thread, she was totally unflappable, welcoming and patient and not only got everything done in the time, but we all ended up with lovely corsages(yes, even me) Cocktails, cakes and sandwiches were delicious, and I would definitely come back with friends and recommend it to others.
I booked afternoon tea and the hen do package; the table was visually stunning, the afternoon tea and drinks arrived promptly and were delicious, and the service was excellent. Can’t recommend highly enough! :)
I have organised two hen parties here now and each time DSD has been great! The staff are fantastic and really understanding when it comes to changes over the course of the booking as both numbers and requirements evolve. They have been incredibly helpful and pleasant to deal with whenever I have phoned, and on the day everything went very smoothly.
The afternoon tea is well presented and the sandwiches, scones and cakes were delicious! They also offer a great range of different teas which smell divine!
Everyone at the hen party loved the venue and had a great time over the course of the afternoon. The vintage hair & makeup was fantastic and set us up brilliantly for the evening.
My colleagues and I held a get together meeting here - we had a lovely welcome from the staff, our food was delicious, the music playlist we all loved... the gift shop has a wonderful array of gifts.
We would most definitely visit again! Such a quirky and fun concept.
Write a review... Had my birthday celebrations here on Saturday night. To be honest, wasn't quite sure how it would be for a night out. Had been previously for tea, cake and boardgames which was brilliant. Had been another time for early evening cocktails which again were great. Even been for a light dinner which was top notch. But never a night out. We were greeted at my reserved table with a bottle of champagne, party poppers and a confetti canon. Delicious cocktail menu, and the bar staff were incredibly obliging to all the Dry January-ers by making them off menu virgin cocktails on request. The atmosphere was wonderful - felt very different to other times I have been making Drink Shop Do a really versatile venue - it changes according to the time of day/day of the week. All of my fears about having to find somewhere livelier or larger to move on to were unwarranted. The downstairs opened at after a few hours, revealing a dance floor, club DJ and extra bar and seating.
Really the perfect venue. Can't recommend highly enough.
I haven't visited DSD for a couple of years, but on a recent visit I impressed by how much they've spruced up the place. The fun factor's gone up a few notches, and refreshment-wise, I could have scoffed at least three more mini lemon meringue pies if I wasn't happy sipping all the cups (at least four) of their rooibios bakewell tea. It's a great hangout with the girls and I'll definitely go back the next time I'm in the Kings Cross area - it'd be wrong not to.
Myself and 30 colleagues booked in for the pumpkin carving evening and had an absolute blast. The evening was really well organised and the lovely staff had no problem managing such a large group. For a tenner a head including a spooky welcoming drink, this was phenomenal value for money.
We're already planning our next outing here in January!
Just celebrated my 27th birthday with Drink Shop Do and it was a wonderful night. I'd booked a table downstairs by the dance floor and wasn't disappointed with my spot. All the staff at DSD we kind and courteous. Wednesday was helpful and there to offer a friendly smile. Plus brownie points for the door staff, J in particular for rescuing my birthday balloon!! Overall a great night and a definite recommendation to anyone wishing to celebrate a bday!
The best party ever! This place is ideal to organise your party (on the downstairs bar area) during the week. Everything was perfect!
I went to this place a few years ago, a friend suggested it after seeing positive reviews online (he didn't read them, just looked at the average). Before I go on I should say that I'm a mid 30's hetrosexual male; this point is very relevant to the following review.
After walking in it took a minute or so for the true horror of "DSD" to actually sink in and by then the first drink had been ordered - it had little home-made paper stars, adorned with glitter and chintzy hand drawn horses, etc hanging from the ceiling, grown women making bracelets from brightly colored, cheap plastic beads, men in patterned meggings sitting huddled in corners around school desks crocheting WWII fighter planes onto cloth whilst sipping from tiny flower-patterned teacups. A cross between a primary school activity area and a rehab center for people beginning their recovering from a serious emotional trauma is my best attempt at describing the atmosphere. I think by the time I'd managed to rinse my beer down, my testosterone count was down about 50%.
Clearly people like me aren't the target demographic of this place and perhaps the above review is a little unfair, but I think other should be warned lest they make the same mistake as I.
3 stars however as for the most part, people who this bar is aimed at seem to love it and also to offset some of the above.
Great time at DSD for my friend's hen party. Staff friendly, food tasty, atmosphere lovely. The table was decorated beautifully too. The only thing that could have been improved was that some the teas weren't quite hot enough, and it took a long time for coffee orders to arrive. Apart from that, great fun! Thank you!
I had my birthday bash at DSD ad it was great - really loved the upstairs and booked a table as well as some pre-prepared buckets of beer and cocktails (so no que-ing at the bar!) Saturday nights are great, the music is a great range, loads of people on the dance floor downstairs and if it gets too hot and sweaty downstairs the upstairs is light and refreshing!
I don't know what the big fuss is about, £28 for a half a stand of finger sandwiches and cut up cakes?! £16 to make a sash out of old bedsheets?!? Come on.... Get real! Plus all that 'craft' was done in the dark as they rely on a skylight and with no space to actually do anything worth keeping!!
I'll give it a few stars for the idea, the decor and the quality of the food, but it could have been executed much better and I didn't think the staff was very friendly at all
DSD was the only place in London I wanted to celebrate my 30th, and it didn't disappoint! Lovely staff helped me organise it all - beforehand and on the night - and all my guests were super impressed by the Dome Room, the drinks, and the music on the dance floor! Can't wait to go back soon. Thanks Grace and the rest of the DSD crew!
I have been coming for years, for business meetings, dates, birthdays and most recently a hen party. I love the concept, and have done clay, lego robots, pimp your sunglasses, face painting and more on my various trips! The only negative is that sometimes the service feels slow (as I've often only been allowed table service, so you have to wait) but even that isn't enough to keep me away! Last weekend we also boogied away downstairs for the first time, and loved the music choices. Woohoo.
Second party I've attended at Drink Shop Do and this time I hosted it - and both were a great success. Missed out on the more glamorous upstairs room on this occasion but the atmosphere never disappoints wherever you are in the venue. Staff were very friendly and helpful, cocktails were fun and the music neutral enough to suit everyone. The fact that it's so close to the main train stations too mean it's ideal or friends coming from all directions. It's a venue you can stay in till the end! Recommended.
Booked Drink Shop Do for a friend's baby shower and it was a perfect venue with a great atmosphere & helpful staff. We loved the mix of vintage afternoon tea & quirky cocktail bar, which meant we could move seamlessly from Breakfast Teas to Bellinis...And testament to how good it was, I'm now booking my team do there and we have a list going around the office of all the craft events to sign up to. Balloon bending is a winner!
I organised my sisters hen do at Drink Shop Do as we love it there anyway and it didn't disappoint! Organising the event was sooo easy. We made fascinators which is one of the many activities DSD offer. The staff were really friendly and helpful. We were booked into the Dome room, which added glamour to our event!
The tables were beautifully set with little tea cups and heart lollies, a really unexpected but lovely touch
I would definitely organise another event here - Thank you
I booked out the Dome Room upstairs for my Birthday do and it was the perfect size for 35+ people. The room was lovely, clean and with really nice furniture. The staff were super friendly and the cocktails delicious. It made for the perfect night out as we were able to go for a dance downstairs too. Saved all my girl friends hobbling round in heels trying to find different venues! Thank you!
I celebrated my 30something birthday at DSD on Saturday and it lived up to the promise of wide ranging music, friendly atmosphere, excellent cocktails and dancing. As a smallish venue it was easy to feel relaxed and the dancing started early. I enjoyed everything about the night.
DSD is one of my favourite places in London. I recently organised a surprise baby shower there for a friend and it was a wonderful evening. The staff were really friendly and helpful, the service was brilliant and the food was delicious. We all had a fantastic time and will definitely be back.
I would highly recommend a visit to DSD. It's a great, quirky venue with a good selection of food and drinks and very attentive staff. I have always been a big fan of DSD and so contacted the venue when I was looking for a venue to host a workshop for the women's career network leadarise.com. We wanted our own space in an informal setting and so the back room at DSD was ideal. The booking system was very efficient and the staff were particularly helpful and friendly on the night.
I decided to have my 25th birthday at DSD, and I was not disappointed - it was probably one of the best birthdays I've had to date! The booking system is quick and easy, with a £50.00 deposit that can be redeemed on the night. I had quite a few guests but the staff were very friendly and accommodating. One of the best things about DSD is the 1920s gin cocktail bar downstairs where you can have a tipple and a dance. I cannot recommend this place enough - most definitely one of my favourite haunts in London.
DSD is one of those nice little places to stumble upon that really make your day in London when you find them. Having found it last summer it's been a very happy and colourful place to hang out for just coffee and cake or some cocktails in their bar downstairs. Recently we also used it for a special occasion and we were very impressed with the non-fuss management of the event at quite short notice and friendly staff. The place itself has such a great atmosphere and personality you don't need to arrange for additional deco and details but you of course you still can! Try the Rose and Pistachio cake - it's a lovely one even if you're a loyal chocoholic like me! On top of that they're so conveniently located near King's Cross too!
A great place to visit for a special event. The staff are friendly and helpful in this vintage style venue. There's no airs or graces just a relaxed cosy atmosphere. The afternoon tea and 'Do' was a great idea for a celebration that allows people to relax and enjoy each others company. I would definitely recommend DSD for a special event but would equally return for drinks another night.
Following a glowing recommendation from a friend of mine and having visited DSD for lunch this summer I decided to have my birthday celebrations here. It was really easy to reserve a table (and free!), every single one of the staff I spoke to were extremely accommodating and my friends and I had a wonderful evening building Lego robots whilst drinking very nommy drinks! There's also a good selection of food for those who are gluten allergic etc as a student, though, it's a little pricey so this is definitely a place to visit on a special occasion.
This place comes HIGHLY recommended. We did a stag do here and wanted something a bit different; they delivered. The place itself is a vibrant and buzzing space located conveniently close to Kings Cross St Pancras (a two/three minute walk). The main space is a high-ceilinged cornucopia of craft pieces, artwork and unique pieces of vintage furniture and furnishings. Before you shelve it into the usual ‘girly crafty’ genre, you realize that the sheer aliveness of the place – combined with it’s terrific menu of cocktails, beers and surprisingly thorough selection of gins - makes it a modern chaps place of choice in Kings Cross. We did two activities; Lego robots and ‘Lionel Ritchie plasticine’. Original and pretty fun activities that made the lot of us feel as if we were back in the primary school playroom – all whilst drinking beer from a teacup. For an alternative stag do, they were a really great alternative to sitting in a pub. To accompany the activities, we had a Mans Afternoon Tea which was, well, pretty manly. Huge, filling sandwiches complete with pork scratchings and a Yorkie bar. Boom. The staff couldn’t be better; the service is quick and friendly, and they really didn’t care that we were a stag group. Too often venues either opt out of taking in stags or treat them with caution. Not here. We were treated like any other person who was there, which was refreshing. To wrap it up, we reserved a space at their club which runs from 8pm. The first great thing about this is that the £50 deposit actually goes straight behind the bar and is then yours to use. Then, although my memory is a tad hazy – again thanks to the selection of gin available – the club really gets going and it is a great place to spend the night. Again, great bar staff here and great music and surroundings. I’d definitely come back here for the club alone, but when you combine it with the afternoon tea and the activities, this is surely the place to go for the best alternative stag do in London. Or just for a good night out. Or for a gin. Or…well, you get the picture. One of London’s best kept secrets. Can’t recommend it highly enough.
I booked a room in the bar area for my 21st birthday. We managed to get around 50 people there, and we had a really great time! DSD offered great value: £50.00 deposit for the room, which can be then used as a drinks tab (I used it for a bucket of beers). There're also options for food and cakes. I loved having the club downstairs - the music (what I remember of it!) was disco, hip hop et al. and proved for a hilarious night! It had loads of people on the Saturday we were there, and the atmosphere was festive.
I booked an area at Drink Shop & Do for my birthday and it was fantastic! The upstairs area is light, quirky and great for conversation. The downstairs bit has a DJ and there were lots of great dance tunes on the night. We just made the last train home and I have very sore feet the whole of the next day as we danced for about 4 hours straight. An excellent venue with a great vibe! I'll definitely go back.
I was really excited to book DSD for my sister’s hen, especially when I saw ‘pimp up your shades’ (our chosen activity) in Time Out magazine as one of the best things to do in London! The whole booking process was really easy from start to finish and Katrine was a huge help, allowing me to pay upfront for everyone which gave me one less thing to organise on the day! There were 25 of us on the hen and for such a large group, everyone on the day was brilliant, drinks were served as soon as we arrived and the activity was really fun. We ended with afternoon tea which was delicious and everyone around the table said they would be telling their friends and coming back!
I booked Drink Sho & Do for a staff night out and we all had a blast. The staff were really helpful in the booking process, always responding to emails right away, and being as accommodating as possible. We chose in advance to do the lego robot building, which was great fun (I'd recommend this to anyone with lego nostalgia), and the buffet that we ordered was plentiful and really tasty. The staff reserved us a table in a semi-private space at the back of the bar which was perfect, and were helpful throughout the night, coming often to see if everything was ok and top up our drinks. The cocktail menu was fantastic - so many unusual mixes and everything we tried was exceptionally good. Overall a great night and wouldn't hesitate to come here again.
I booked Drink, Shop, Do for a friend's hen do, and I couldn't have asked for better service and help with prep before the day, to the bar manager on the night who was checking in with me to make sure everything was ok. Thanks all!
Drink, Shop and Do has been a favourite of mine since it opened but at my recent Birthday gathering, I thought they stepped it up for Afternoon Tea! We had a great time, and I even had 'Happy Birthday' sandwich decorations.
I had an unbelievably awesome 30th birthday party at Drink, Shop and Do this year! What a great place. They even allowed me to push some tables together on a busy saturday night for a few rounds of beer pong! The cocktails are amazing and I love the 50s kitch vibe. Staff are super friendly and the atmosphere is amazing! Am definitely a regular :)
Delicious afternoon tea, great atmosphere, fun activities and a shop selling lovely things - I only wish I lived closer!
This place is fantastic! I organised my sister's hen party for last Saturday and DSD were more than happy to help me out. We booked an area for 30 (my sister has a lot of friends!) in the Dance area and requested tables as we were joined by the mums of both the bride and groom; these were provided without any problems at all. The cocktails were all delicious and not unreasonably priced for London (about £8.50 a pop). I would have liked to have booked for one of the crafty Do's but alas, we didn't have the budget for that. Everyone had a fantastic time and everyone agreed they would come again (I'm definitely going if only for a cocktail called The Sherbet One which arrives with a Tangfastic on the straw and is actually made with sherbet). I can't recommend this place enough!
A great, stylish, quirky bar with very friendly staff and mad crafty activities available should you wish to, for instance, carve a Rich Tea biscuit with a likeness of Lionel Richie's face (who doesn't?). I reserved an area for my birthday and my friends and I had a blast marvelling at the DJ's crazy mixing - Snap's The Power into Lynyrd Skynyrd's Sweet Home Alabama really should not work, but oddly it does, and shows how brilliantly unpretentious this place is. My only criticism is the dance floor is a bit pokey and gets way too packed, often making the "Dance" part of "Drink Shop Dance" impossible, which is a shame. Otherwise, its pretty awesome.
Drink, Shop Do is a great venue with excellent staff, yummy food and lots of fun activities! I chose this as one of stops for my friend’s Hen Do and am so pleased I did. The staff were fun and very helpful during my preparations for the day. The venue itself is great for anyone organising a vintage inspired hen do with lots of beautiful crockery, old school furniture and artwork. The food is delicious and we got plenty of it with the afternoon tea. We did garter making which was great fun and let us channel a bit of our saucy side. The instructor was really sweet and very patient with us – sewing while tipsy is very hard! Afterwards we went downstairs to the bar area where we had some great cocktails and had a little dance before moving on. It was a great afternoon and the bride to be had a fabulous time, I highly recommend to anyone organising a hen do or just want a fun day out
Last weekend we went to Drink, Shop and Do as part of my sister's hen weekend. We opted for embroidering knickers and afternoon tea. It was great! The staff were very helpful and welcoming and we all loved the vintage feel of the venue. Lovely china, beautiful decor, good food and wine and great music! My sister absolutely loved it so I would totally recommend it for a hen party activity or just an ordinary day! just one thing, Embroidering knickers in 3 hours whilst eating and drinking is tricky so I would recommend that you choose a simple design unless you can spend longer at the venue! My knickers are fab though!
6 of us recently went to Drink, Shop, Do for a hen do. We had a lovely time making garters and eating afternoon tea in a cool, quirky atmosphere. The afternoon tea was very good, and the staff were really friendly and particularly helpful with the garter making! The booking process was also really easy. I'd definitely recommend Drink, Shop, Do.
EXCELLENT. Great night out. Thumbs up to the music, the vibe, the layout, the club downstairs, the staff, the creative vibe of the venue. I have been several times and just this weekend for my birthday and I couldn't have chosen a better place
I booked afternoon tea and fascinator making for a hen party. It was great fun, the food was delicious and it was a really nice way to enjoy a more "civilized" hen-do! The staff were really friendly and helpful, and they catered for vegetarian and dairy-free dietary requirements. It is a little bit expensive but I haven't found anywhere in London where you can do this sort of thing any cheaper, so I think it's worth it. Overall I would definitely recommend it!
We went to drink shop do for a hen party. We opted for a fascinator workshop followed by a cream tea. Right from the start the staff were professional friendly and informative. On the day itself the fascinator workshop was lots of fun and we all ended up with something pretty. The cream tea was home made and absolutely delicious. We had a gluten free hen and she said it's one of the best gluten free cream teas she's ever had as so few places can cater for her. The atmosphere was friendly and vintage. The whole experience was fantastic, I'd highly recommend this venue for activities and food whether you're going with a few friends or are with a large group.
12 of us went to Drink Shop Do for my sister-in-law's Hen-do, and we LOVED it! The whole booking and planning process was fantastic, Grace was brilliant. The event itself was so enjoyably, the activity (garter making) was well explained to us (by Ash) and really fun. It's a great thing to do on a hen-do. The music and venue make for a laid-back and quirky atmosphere. We can't wait to come back - thanks for a wonderful time!
We went to Drink, Shop & Do for a Hen Party and had a fantastic time. The Hair Fascinator craft lesson was so much fun and simple enough for non-crafty people like me to follow! The Afternoon Tea with a Twist consisted of tasty sandwiches, scones and cakes with a lovely seasonal pear Bellini. There was plenty of food for everyone (1 stand for 2 people). The venue was very fitting and easy to get to and the staff were very friendly, helpful and very patient with a group of 20! We'll all be recommending DSD to everyone :)
We booked one the rooms here (the one with the huge mirror ball) for a 30th birthday and the staff couldn't have been more helpful, friendly or kind. They helped took the stress out of organising it and were really attentive. Drink, Shop, Do also has some amazing cocktails which helped the party along - and an excellent music policy. Couldn't recommend it enough.