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Booking Office

Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars St Pancras
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Booking Office
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Time Out says

5 out of 5 stars

An upscale cocktail bar of high quality in the beautiful former booking office of St Pancras station.

The unstoppable uplift of the King’s Cross area brings a new bar/restaurant nearly every week, but the Booking Office remains the undisputed champion for cocktails. For one thing, it’s just a great place to sit, whether you’re in the lovely former booking hall, with its dark wood and soaring gothic arches, or outside overlooking the train tracks. There can be slightly longer waits outside, so don’t go there if you’re in a rush. Frequented by a lot of business people – and, naturally, by travellers – it’s not a place you go for a cool hangout vibe. But you make your own vibe at the comfortable, low-slung tables. The cocktail list starts at £9 for punches (a speciality) with most between £11 and £15. They play around with classic drinks adventurously but sensibly, and if nothing takes your fancy, ordering off-list is easy and rewarding. And take note (or be warned) – Office hours last until 3am from Thursday to Saturday.

Booking Office says
The St. Pancras Renaissance hotel takes pride in this outstanding bar and restaurant.

Located inside the original station’s ticket hall, The Booking Office provides a modern-British dining experience in a truly unique setting.

The vaulted, cathedral-like room features a 29-metre-long bar wrapped around the Grade I-listed ticket booth. Offering a range of cocktails based on hand-crafted stories from across Europe, and a punch ritual unique to the Renaissance name, the Booking Office is a great place to sit down after a hard day of work, sip on quirky cocktails and soak up the history of its interior. With its dedicated booths, The Booking Office is also ideal for private parties.


Address: St Pancras Renaissance Hotel
Euston Road
Transport: Tube: King's Cross St Pancras tube/rail
Opening hours: Mon - Weds: 6.30am - 12.00pm Thurs- Fri: 6.30am - 1.00am Sat - Sun: 7.00am -12.00pm
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Users say (40)

4 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

3.9 / 5

Rating Breakdown

  • 5 star:17
  • 4 star:10
  • 3 star:7
  • 2 star:3
  • 1 star:3
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If you're meeting a visitor arriving into Kings Cross this is the place to wait & greet them! Dark sumptuous wood, exposed brick and leather and tweed give it a Gentleman's club feel. The smartly dressed staff are very attentive. 


This is one seriously beautiful bar. Your inner snob might wonder how nice it can be when it’s based inside a train station but silence that internal Hyacinth Bouquet because it really is a gorgeous place to spend an hour or two, drinking chilled Chapel Down sparkling wine & eating exciting, well flavoured nibbles from the menu. 

The vibe is chilled but not dull, gently buzzing but not too loud and were it not for the glimpses of the trains outside one wall of windows, you’d never think you were sat in one of Europe’s busiest interchanges. People watching here offers you snapshots of couples on dates, girls nights out, business men clock watching and even the occasional younger family waiting for the train home. 

Service is good and there a nice range of places to sit from formal dining tables if you want a full meal to cosy arm chairs, tall communal tables and a decent sized bar curving gently across the room. Cocktail wise there’s an adventurous menu but if it’s a classic you’re after, the team of bartenders can also go off book with ease. Prices start around £10 for a tall glass of something and there’s a good range of spirits on offer as well if it’s a short drink you’re looking for. 

Food wise, portions are not enormous but they’re decent as an accompaniment to your drinks. A saffron pakora scotch egg brings a deliciously modern, global flavour to one our most beloved picnic items while Confit Gressingham duck nuggets are dark, rich and crunchy-crumbed, pairing nicely with a sweet & earthy heritage carrot ketchup. If you’re after something lighter, the St. Pancras beer battered monkfish tails are meaty but delicate and the smoked cauliflower purée that comes with them is clever & very moreish. 

If you’re lucky enough to be a local, this is well worth putting on your list of places to remember. Football free, special but not intimidating and a great place to bookmark for drinks with someone you really quite like, it’s a reminder that a great time in London can start before you’ve even left the station.

Stunning venue but terrible service. Booked a table for drinks but after the first round of drinks we were never checked on once or asked if we wanted to order more drinks. The first time someone came up to us was to tell us that they needed the table for the next reservation.


Finally, after all those renovations, London has got its own equivalent of New York’s Grand Central, complete with a fine looking bar! The Booking Office is a very fine looking bar indeed. Just like Grand Central Oyster Bar it’s a wonderful place to get a bite and a drink before catching a train (which I will make sure I do that next time I travel out of St Pancras). But it is also a destination in its own right. I went with colleagues of mine for a night cap (ok, many).

The place is visually impressive. The ceilings are super high, but the smart sectioning works well to create rather cosy pockets that are good for groups. The one downside of those pockets is that it’s easy for waiters to ignore you (the service at the time of our visit was 3/5 - friendly but patchy, as every now and then we had to get up and walk towards the bar to get attention). But you can just hang out by the long and imposing bar.

We did not try food, just drinks, as we came after dinner, but I would say the price - selection - quality is pretty Central London standard. Don’t go for the drinks per se, go for the atmosphere.

As soon as I heard about the Harry Potter themed cocktails I knew I needed to give this place a try. Unfortunately, I decided to visit on a Saturday when they were understandably busy and pretty booked up. However, when I mentioned why I was there they were very accommodating and found us a table. Unfortunately they were all out of chocolate frogs, but the selection of cocktails we did try were really tasty (and instagrammable!) Well worth a visit.

So ... I happened to be passing through when my stomach gave in and the booking office was within reach.

I opted for wine and what I had wasn't the best but then again I wasn't expecting it to be. I had a pubbish style meal which was pretty yummy and filling! The wait for my meal wasn't long either ... I really appreciated that! I saw other customers ordering cocktails and they looked pretty good! Next time I'll try those :)

On one visit, they were doing Victorian punch served from big copper bowls at intervals along the bar. Enough said. (But they have great food, too.)

Where do i start?!? The most delicious food i have EVER tasted!! (yes, ever!!)
Scrumptious cocktails which look and taste incredible, great staff and a stunning building!
Cannot wait to re-visit !


We had a pre-train drink in the booking office. What a beautiful room, with modern touches integrated into the historic setting.

The menu is extensive, with a wide range of cocktails and spirits. My rum concoction was delicious but absolutely tiny for £9 (though it did come in a lovely copper cup). Meanwhile, the service was lacklustre and slow - always a shame in a place where people are likely to be dashing for a train.

In all, it's not bad but there's plenty of room for improvement.

Went to the booking office after we got back a work trip from Paris on a late train. It was a week night & most places are close to shutting, the booking office still had plenty of people enjoying beautiful food and drinks. My beer came in a beer tankard, we ordered a few different fingers food all of which were delicious. With the grand setting of the building and great service, it's now become my go-to spot whenever I'm meeting friends in Kings cross!


If you're looking for a bar with beautiful surroundings and a touch of class then pop into the Booking Office for a cocktail or two. The champagne ones are especially good, particularly the ring of roses. The perfect start to a weekend break on the Eurostar.

Had a good time here mid week, the bar staff were very friendly and attentive. The cocktails were great and I would recommend the French lieutenants. Hopefully I will be back soon!

A very good place to unwind and have a taste of some Victorian cocktails and punches. Vey good value for money modt especially on weekend when there is live music.

A very good place to unwind and have a taste of some Victorian cocktails and punches. Vey good value for money modt especially on weekend when there is live music.

I've been here a few times and I have to say, although it can be incredibly packed and a little pricey, I really love the place. In terms of food, it is honestly nothing to shout about, but I really love the decor and atmosphere of this place.

It is elegant, and full of history. Being in here simply transports me back to a different time in London...!

Maybe drop by for a quick drink on a Sunday evening (it is the least busy) but otherwise, it can be too packed - which ruins the atmosphere a little in my opinion!


Elegant and glamorous. Definitely pop in if you're catching a train, or just visit anyway. Top class cocktails in a decadent setting with wonderful staff. Fab! 


A wonderful place to bring your mother before catching the Eurostar to Brussels, or to conduct some boozy business. I did a business here once - it was great! Seeped in the history of the industrial revolution and the fronteering days of early train travel (which as we all know allowed the first sizable human civilisations to form), the Booking Office bar of the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel offers spacious environs in which to drink, eat food which comes in medium sized portions, watch bartenders with elaborate moustaches/cufflinks/brogues prepare cocktails, or have no nonsense first Tinder dates with 'strictly professionals only'  - as the lady and gentleman one booth over were having last I went - or, why ever not, all of the above. 

After you've paid your probably expensive bill, expensive because you cannot have just one prohibition cocktail (anyone who can is either a scoundrel or just able to exercise self-control), take a stroll around the hotel's magnificently carpeted hallways and exit through the grandiose cafe-business plaza, where you will see business -like people with business spreadsheets opened up on their iPads, talking business. They don't just mean business... they ARE business. Business. 

Ah I love this place, I have been for Breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks at different times. You can sneak off and see where the Spice Girls did there first video, buy local produced beer, interview people in the day and hope on a train home pretty quickly. But the best part for me is is the ticket office was the ticket office i used to get my ticket back to uni many moons ago ! So pleased they have kept so much of the detail. 

We had a v disappointing visit to The Booking Office last night. Our food was cold and the service we received after we sent it back was shocking, not a hint of an apology for the inconvenience. After we suggested an apology may be in order, we received a mumbled response, the removal of the gratuity from our bill and a 10% discount, which seemed a very token offering when my steak cost £25 and the discount amounted to 8! Hardly worth their effort! Such a shame as I have had a few very enjoyable meals there before, we won''t be rushing back.

Oh man, this place is so chic and gorgeous. Tiny but well made cocktails and you can't beat the beautiful atmosphere. People watch St Pancras next door.

The room, if can call it that is amazing - so pleased to see the architecture and fittings retained but not so sure about the acoustic ceiling! The atmosphere is excellent save the contemporary lift music which can get annoying, and when combined with the buzz of conversation can make it difficult to hear.....maybe it is just me! However the food was very mediocre. Fishermans pie with a small bowl of vegetables for £18 had very little flavour, and my wife's burger with stodgy chips for £16 was dry and had grisly bits. Then there was the added 12.5% service charge but the waitress was very attentive so if she gets it she deserves it...... Won't go again, and I am discouraged from eating in the restaurant which I had intended to. Maybe I should stick to just the drinks!

Stunning place let down by mediocre food. In fact, on one visit, the wedges were so bad they didnt charge us. I visit the place regularly to soak up the atmosphere, but the chefs in the kitchen need a few lessons on serving hot food that is actually tasty.

love this place! the calamari is a real delight and interesting . and Contrary to a review below we love the chicken and avacado sandwich - and the drinks and selections are very classy and diverse. This is my favourite spot in London and will remain so.

Great interior and location. Grand with fairly comfortable chairs and generally good atmosphere. I was starving when I got there on Sunday so unfortunately had to eat something. I ordered a chicken avocado sandwich for £15 and a strawberries and bananas "smoothie of the day" for £5.50. I was shocked when I realised the smoothie was not freshly made, it was unmistakably a very well known brand smoothie that I regularly buy from my local. The sandwich was mediocre at best, with a tasteless piece of chicken, a thin spread of avocado paste and sad looking lettuce. The green salad accompanying it was very good but the chips failed to impress. Most staff were friendly and polite, except our waitress who did not seem to care. Unfortunately service was included in the bill and not optional. It would have been a first for me but given the chance, I would not have paid gratuity as the combination of uninterested service, overpriced and poor food/drink annoyed me sufficiently. Overall, it's probably a good place to go for drinks and the menu states it stays open till 3am which is great, but I would definitely not recommend eating there.

had a great time there - the room is very grand but yet feels cosy. Food is expensive but very good and had a fantastic Spanish white wine. Overall the place has a nice feel of buzz without being overwhelming. Would go there again

One of my absolute favourite bars in London. Stunningly beautiful surroundings, awe inspiring. One let down is the food is overpriced and not always up to the standard of the drinks and ambiance.

I am such a fan of the Booking Office- the ambience, the historic space and the suberb cocktail list is what keeps me coming back. It is so unique compared to the usual hotel bars. I love the copper punch bowls and the haggis bon bons in particular, which go down very welll with the Orchard Sour cocktail! Looking forward to my next visit!

Scores high on the gothic grandeur scale and the bar staff were friendly and knowledgeable. Decent winelist. The front of house staff and waiting staff, however, were abrupt, unhelpful and at times downright rude. Would come again for a glass of wine if I was passing through the station, but definitely wont be a destination bar for me.