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.
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.
Colourful murals, patterned seating and statement lighting complete the look at this Langley Street cocktail bar. The quirky, exposed brick interior is swathed in a deep red hue, with divided seating areas that look good for groups, alongside more intimate booths. Cocktails are the main attraction here – there are 38 to choose from, including classics, classics re-spun and sharers, which are served up in teapots. Cocktails include a blueberry and chilli mojito, a cherry caipirinha, a triple lemon martini and a High Tea, made with Bombay Sapphire gin, peach lemon and Earl Grey tea. Pizzas, burgers and nibbles are also on offer.
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