The area around King’s Cross
station has undergone a massive redevelopment over the last few years, and is now home to the Guardian newspaper, Facebook, Google and others. The streets are now full of awesome bars, restaurants and pubs, serving up everything from rooftop views to award-winning cocktails and great food. Here is a list of our favourite King’s Cross bars and pubs you have to visit.
The Big Chill House
Pub, Pub Grub, $$$
Deceptively small, the Big Chill House
spreads out the pub love over several floors and a cool roof terrace (complete with street food huts) and is only minutes from Kings Cross station. Pop in for craft beers and boutique gins, DJs at the weekend (it has a 3am license) and plenty of well made pub grub.
Restaurant, Healthy, European, Vegetarian, Gluten-free, $$$
Looking for a bar that does brunch? Look no further. Caravan
kicked off in Kings Cross (and now has successful branches all over London), and its sharing tables and commitment to healthy dishes has seen it coin a whole copycat aesthetic across town. Order up rhubarb bellini in this old granary warehouse or sit outside and take in how much the area’s changed.
Wine Bar, European, Tapas, $$$
At the heart of the new Kings Cross development sits this homage to wine. Vinoteca
is a huge industrial style space, with a daily changing food menu that leans heavily on modern British fare. There are 200 wines to choose from – and lots are available by the glass. They also do a decent Sunday roast
for a leisurely afternoon.
Cocktail Bar, Contemporary, $$$
King’s Cross has got fancy over the last few years and VOC
fits into the higher end of the regeneration, concocting delicious cocktails from world class mixologists
. The bar’s been lauded as one of the best 50 in the world and it’s certainly stylish. Pull up a stool at the bar and be prepared to be impressed.
St Pancras Champagne Bar
Wine Bar, Pub Grub, $$$
What’s better than setting off on holiday with a bottle of bubbly. The open plan, first floor Champagne Bar
in St Pancras
has long been a meeting point for friends and lovers, but even if you’re not jumping on the Eurostar it’s a fab place to meet for a glamorous drink and to take in the bustle of London.
Cocktail Bar, Pub Grub, $$$
Call into Simmons
for a decent cocktail
, as it’s only a minute’s walk from King’s Cross
station. With happy hours and a weekend license until 3am, there’s no excuse not to pop into this cool little retro find. Plus this year the bar goes all disco fantastic with a light up dancefloor.
Gastropub, Restaurant with Rooms, Pub Grub, Vegetarian, $$$
It wasn’t so long ago that King’s Cross was a wasteland when it came to decent bars and pubs but now it has fab neighbourhood spots like Harrison
, a proper modern local. From regular folk and Irish music nights to the few hotel rooms it has upstairs, this is an easygoing spot for pints, pub grub
and unpretentious good times.
Bar Pepito - (Camino)
Bar, Restaurant, Bodega, Spanish, $$$
Pub, British, $$$
The Fellow Kings Cross pub The Fellow
has had a big refurb and now serves craft brews from local London breweries and cocktails. With its new look comes a heated roof terrace with lots of seating, string lights and lovely soft cushions to curl up on. The Fellow, York Way, London N1 9AA, 020 7833 4395
For more Al fresco drinking options visit our article on the top rooftop bars in London