King Charles I

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Hidden from the outside world, this homely pub provides rare ales, many whiskies, a roaring fire and the day’s papers to the surprisingly few regulars who frequent it. In fact, if you had to describe what a pub was to someone from Pluto, this would do the job. There’s even a bar billiards tables with a set of rules, just to make it easier for them.

Beer-wise, you’ll find sought-after Italian Moretti on draught, Theakston Paradise Ale, Caledonian Flying Dutchman and Deuchars IPA, potentially chased with Maker’s Mark, Highland Park or Glenlivet. There are Brodie’s sherries, too, and bog-standard wines you needn’t bother with. Various branches of the deer family make a decorative appearance, as do unusual tribal masks.

Venue name: King Charles I
Address: 55-57 Northdown Street
N1 9BL
Opening hours: Open noon-11pm Mon-Thur; noon-1am Fri; 5-11pm Sat
Transport: Tube: King's Cross tube/rail
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Average User Rating

3.8 / 5

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Love this pub. Perfect place to head to after seeing a show at The Invisible Dot down the road. Haven't a bad word to say about any of the staff. Jukebox is great if you want some good singalong tunes.
Sometimes it can be absolutely rammed, sometimes almost empty...there doesn't seem to be much of a rule in that regard, Tuesday night or Saturday night you never know.
Been several times in 2014 and the loos have been fine so not sure where that comment is coming from. Tiny, but clean.
If you want to be served quickly and require a pristine cistern look elsewhere, but if you're sick of the gourmet burger and soulless drinking spaces this may be the place for you.


Great pub but for the love of God please clean the toilets. The place is really starting to smell quite gross.


Nothing wrong with the pub per se, but I haven't a good word to say about the management. A friend I was with on a weeknight out was refused service 'for being patronising' to the landlord, though he claimed he'd literally asked for the round of drinks, having to repeat what he said because the landlord didn't initially understand his accent. This was 2 drinks into the evening (circa 8pm), nobody was drunk or badly behaved. The landlord would not explain what it was that had offended him; he said he didn't have to and he refused to serve anyone in our group (of 4). I wouldn't set foot in this pub again if it was the last hostelry on earth. This landlord is abusing his power. I have no idea why he wouldn't serve my friend, he simply wouldn't justify his decision.


King Charles the 1st is one surprising Pub! With a good selection of Ale, that they change all the time for the happinness of the customers of trying new Ales. Nice and cosy, tucked away in a little road, not far from the station (5 minutes walk), the decoration is very ethlectic and surprising, the bar staff warm and friendly, and the people in there are very electric and always up for a good laugh ... made a few friends myself! Highly recommended for anyone thats looking for a nice time without any troubles!!