VOC

Britta Jaschinski
Kings Cross and St Pancras
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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. The name derives from the Dutch East India Company, and there’s a nautical and historical theme to the drinks list. Punches based on old recipes figure large, though modern technology brings them right up to date. Playing it safe with the classics is by no means the inferior option, however, as textbook martinis and caipirinhas proved. It took us a while to get our drinks because of lack of staff behind the tiny bar (barely five feet long), and there’s no table service, so you have to queue. But no one seemed to mind. Interestingly, more people were drinking beer or wine than cocktails, at least on our visit. VOC now has a restaurant too, majoring on grilled meat.

 

Venue name: VOC
Contact:
Address: 2 Varnishers Yard, Regents Quarter
London
N1 9AW
Opening hours: Open 5pm-midnight Mon-Thur; 5pm-12.30am Fri, Sat. Food served 5-10.30pm Mon-Thur; 4-10.30pm Fri, Sat
Transport: Tube: King's Cross St Pancras tube/rail
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