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: “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.
This bar at the five-star Rosewood London hotel is named after the London-born artist and caricaturist Gerald Scarfe (former illustrator for The Sunday Times and New Yorker). His work can be seen adorning the marble walls here, providing a great backdrop to a swanky-looking spot. There's live music here seven nights a week – usually jazz, soul and blues. Keep an eye out for cabaret nights and special seasonal events, too. And to drink? Cocktails such as a Thyme Out (Bombay Sapphire, Yellow Chartreuse, thyme, orange bitters and lemon juice) and a Three Blind Mice (Jack Daniel's Single Barrel, Cocchi Americano, Cynar and artichoke oil) alongside Champagne, wine and craft beer by the bottle and on draught.
Venue says: “The express lunch menu at Scarfes Bar is perfect for business lunches, or a quick bite to eat. Enjoy two courses for £20 or three for £23.”