An upscale cocktail bar of high quality in the beautiful former booking office of St Pancras station.
There’s an anguished moment when you walk in and have to decide whether to sit in or out. Inside: Sir George Gilbert Scott’s lofty interior, a stirring example of the Victorian architect’s interpretation of Gothic revival. Outside, under spacious canopies, you have a nearly ceiling-level view of St Pancras International station. The good news is that all anguish will cease as soon as you’ve taken your seat. Apart from having to wait a couple of minutes too long to get our order taken (sitting outside), we had a blissful visit. The cocktail list, drawn up by Nick Strangeway and the late Henry Besant, gives a prominent place to traditional punches, served in mugs. A martini was made well, and the Gin Fix (a variant on Gin Fizz using fresh berries) was a wonderful and refreshing potion. Warning: the free bar snacks, coated peanuts, are dangerously addictive.