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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"Mention 'Mother's Day' and receive a complimentary cocktail with each main meal this Mother's Day. Full T&Cs on our website."
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.
London Cocktail Club
With four successful branches dotted around central London, London Cocktail Club have gone East. Shoreditch to be exact – where they are serving up their signature cocktails in a biker-themed bar, with two floors of black leather sofas, studs, green velvet and plaid. It's pretty much a rocker’s paradise. As you might have guessed, cocktails play a lead role here. Classic mixes like mojitos, martinis and margaritas sit alongside creative house drops such as the won ton bomb (Red Bull jelly on a spoon served with chilled Jägermeister and a touch of Tabasco), the bacon & egg (Jack Daniels Old No. 7 infused with bacon and mixed with maple syrup, orange bitters and lemon juice) and the bump & grind - the LCC take on an espresso martini, with Stoli salted caramel vodka, Tia Maria and the house coffee mix shaken hard and served chilled. Keep an eye out for cocktail masterclasses and special events, too.
"Best happy hour: two-for-£12 all night on Monday, plus Tues-Sat 5-8pm. We have Jack Daniel's 'Rockaoke' too - sing karaoke with a live band!"