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
This new bar and kitchen is located within an unfurled hosepipe of The Monument to the Great Fire of London – or simply Monument, to most. The decor here, like the name, pays anachronistic homage to the area's incendiary past, with hydrant lighting, fire engine-red beer taps, fire-bucket lampshades and a fire-hose handrail. The menu looks like it could be a draw. Dishes include buttermilk fried chicken with a kohlrabi and apple slaw and romesco, seared onglet with watercress and scotch bonnet butter, and salt cod scotch egg with a squid ink aioli. Desserts look more traditional – think sticky toffee pudding, or a chocolate brownie sundae. The beer selection is strong, and not limited to the brewery's options. Brewdog, Kernel, Beavertown, Camden Town and Dark Star all feature, alongside five permanent draught options and a few on rotation. A short wine list and some cocktails are also available.