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: “Don’t miss our Fever Tree ultimate gin and tonic summer bar every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evening from June 8 to August 26.”
To sit in, or to sit out? Inside, Sir George Gilbert Scott’s lofty interior; outside, you have a nearly ceiling-level view of St Pancras International station.
Venue says: “New small plates introductory offers: two dishes £9 / 1 small plate + drink £10. Ts&Cs Apply”
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.
Venue says: “Simmons offers you the perfect alternative to a boring afternoon wondering around doing nothing… bottomless booze!”
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.
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.
You'll find this traditional little pub in the backstreets of Fitzrovia, tucked away on Rathbone Place. Apparently it was Dylan Thomas' favourite drinking spot, back in the day. It's got a dinky exterior but inside it extends over two floors, with upstairs given over to regular comedy line ups - the improv nights are popular. The drinks list is typical pub fare, with what looks like a decent range of ale on draught. The food menu follows suit, mostly comprising traditional pub grub. And if it's a sunny day? There's a few tables outside for pavement drinking.
Venue says: “We serve award-winning cask-conditioned ales, craft beer, lager, wines, premium spirits and home-cooked food.”