After decades of being a hub for travellers, King's Cross is becoming a destination in its own right. Case in point: the number of bars and pubs in the area. Bar Pepito it an Andalucían sherry bar and VOC is modelled on a seventeenth-century punch house.
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From Fluid Movement, which brought us Purl and the Worship Street Whistling Shop, VOC occupies a smallish, cosy space in one of north London’s most restaurant-intensive precincts.Read more
Venue says: One of the best happy hours in town! 4pm-9pm, Sun-Fri. Beers, wines and spirits at £2.50, a bottle of wine or two cocktails, £10. Plus more!
This now evening-only DJ bar still attracts a studenty, music-savvy crowd to what looks like a cross between an old-style corner newsagents and a Shoreditch-like retro bar.Read more
In Clerkenwell, this place would almost go unnoticed. Here, amid a Legoland of housing estates and shops catering chiefly to custom from the Indian subcontinent, it’s practically miraculous. Comprising a simply furnished room of stripped wood and tables occupied by after-work regulars, this corner pub enjoys considerable local status for being a smart but unpretentious spot for a decent pint, a natter and a Sunday roast. Früli, Timothy Taylor Landlord, Erdinger, Amstel, London Pride and Staropramen pour from the beer taps lining the long bar counter, staffed by friendly foreigners. Festival tables outside offer extra seating on sunnier days. Standard gastropub fare is well put together and fairly priced.Read more
A charming pub in west London with a food menu drawing influence from across the globe. It's certainly an attractive venue, with a look that should keep fans of traditional, classy British boozers happy - think open fires, sofa seating, portraits on the walls and a large rassam rug. There's a piano, too. The food menu reads well, with dishes such as pan fried baby squid with an avocado and tomato salsa, and fillet of grey mullet with chive risotto cake, spinach and a brown ship cream sauce suggesting a capable kitchen. A house burger, a steak and venison pie and a slow-roasted shoulder of lamb with new potatoes and a rosemary gravy are also available. Keep an eye out for popular Sunday roasts, with normal menu items alongside various traditional roasts. The drinks list features wines from big-hitting winemaking regions from across the world, as well as a solid selection of ales.