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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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
Venue says: Our famous steak and Guinness pies are back!
There's a fair bit of history to this riverside pub and kitchen in Hammersmith - it was first licensed back in 1772. Today it's a family-run venue, with its expansive views of the river and Hammersmith Bridge making it a west London draw, especially when sunny days hit. There's variety to the food menu. Dishes range from mussels, fillets of sea bass and wild mushroom tagliatelle to sausage and mash, steak and Guinness pies, burgers, salad niçoise and smoked salmon carpaccio with soft-boiled quail eggs, goat's cheese, capers and caviar. Sunday roasts are available each week, too. Each of the bottles on the wine list is available by three different glass sizes. Two bottles of Champagne and a bottle of prosecco also feature.