British pubs may be famed for their beers, Sunday roasts and fish and chips, but cocktail bars in London are not lacking in their British flair either. Regardless of the time of day, we have curated the best cocktail bars in the heart of London so you can kick off your morning, enjoy the afternoon and unwind in the evening with bar visits during your trip. Explore quirky and fun bars with their unique drinks or elegant bars with luxurious decor that will take you back to the Victorian era. Read on to find out more about the best cocktail bars in Kings Cross, London.
1. Spiritland King's Cross
Primarily a haven for music lovers and conceived out of an appreciation for music, its location at King’s Cross consists of a bar, cafe and radio studio. It is equipped with the world-class Living Voice sound system, so you can enjoy your cocktails - or coffee- with their musical line-up consisting of album launches and talks among others, seven days a week. There is also an extensive menu catering to your dining needs from breakfast to lunch to small plates, whichever time you visit.
Spiritland King's Cross
Address: 9 - 10 Stable St, Kings Cross, London N1C 4AB, United Kingdom
Website: Spiritland King’s Cross
Opening hours: Mon - Wed: 8am - 12am; Thu - Sat: 8am - 1am; Sun: 10am - 10pm
2. Drake & Morgan at King's Cross
Drake and Morgan’s flagship location at King’s Cross will not disappoint with two floors, two bars, and a comfortable, relaxed outdoor terrace for alfresco dining and drinking. When you are looking to start off the day with a drink at brunch or trying to catch the latest rugby games with a beer, Drake and Morgan will have the perfect drink and snack for the occasion. Check out their special pairing offers, including their irresistible Steak and Grape deal, where you can get a bavette steak, chips, béarnaise sauce and a glass of Panul Merlot wine for just GBP 15.
Drake & Morgan at King's Cross
Address: 6 Pancras Square, Kings Cross, London N1C 4AG, United Kingdom
Website: Drake & Morgan at King’s Cross
Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 7.30am - 12am; Sat: 10am - 12am; Sun: 10am - 11pm
3. The Megaro Bar
A hotel, bar and eatery all-in-one, The Megaro Bar makes your vacation planning much easier if you are looking for one location with comfortable accommodation, gourmet dining and a stiff drink. This Italian vintage underground space is known for its original blends, with cocktails such as Bicicleta and Garibaldi inspired by the Italian Dolce Vita. Enjoy live music sessions with one of their personal house blend drinks macerated with the finest herbs, and soak its sultry ambiance reminiscent of Italian glamour for an unforgettable night.
The Megaro Bar
Address: Belgrove St, King’s Cross, London, WC1H 8AB
Website: The Megaro Bar
Opening hours: Tue & Wed: 5pm - 11pm; Thu: 5pm - 1am; Fri & Sat: 5pm - 2am (closed on Sun & Mon)
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4. The Racketeer
At this local classic and independent cocktail bar, grab a drink from their selection of cocktails, beer and house wine to pair with the extensive selection of charcuterie and cheeses for the perfect brunch in the heart of London. Check their website for regular cocktail masterclasses where you can learn a trick or two in blending the perfect drink. P.s. they also have a secret walled garden that’s perfect for the gram, if that’s what you are into.
Address: 105 King’s Cross Road, London, WC1X 9LR
Website: The Racketeer
Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 4pm - 12am; Sat: 1pm - 1am; Sun: 3pm - 11pm
5. Simmons Bar | Kings Cross
A late-night cocktail bar in Kings Cross, DJs take over the dance floor at Simmons Bar until 3 am on Fridays and Saturdays, where you dance your heart out. Happy hour runs from 4 pm to 9 pm daily, where you can enjoy a bottle of beer for GBP 2.50 or two cocktails for GBP 10.00. If you are having a less-than-exciting afternoon, or need an excuse for a drink, head over to Simmons for bottomless afternoon “tea” with prosecco and cocktail teapots!
Simmons Bar | Kings Cross
Address: 32 Caledonian Rd, Islington, London N1 9DT, United Kingdom
Website: Simmons Bar | Kings Cross
Opening hours: Sun - Wed: 4pm - 12am; Thu: 4pm - 2am; Fri - Sat: 4pm - 3am
6. George's Bar
A cocktail bar located in the beautiful St Pancras Renaissance Hotel, George’s Bar boasts an extensive cocktail menu that you can enjoy against the luxe decor, reminiscent of 19th-century glamour. Cocktails aside, the bar also offers an express lunch set, where you can enjoy a choice of main and a glass of wine for just GBP 19.50 from Mondays to Fridays between 12 pm - 2:45 pm. Do not forget to try the Bee Keeper, a lavender-infused Bombay Sapphire gin and with Melfort Farm honey.
Address: St Pancras Renaissance Hotel, Euston Rd, London NW1 2AR, United Kingdom
Website: George’s Bar
Opening hours: sun - Thu: 10am - 11pm; Fri & Sat: 10am - 12am
7. GNH Bar
With the Eurostar terminal just 25 meters (82 ft.) away, GNH Bar might just be the place to settle for a drink after arrival in London, or to kill some time before departing. Other than a delicious menu from highly acclaimed chef Mark Sargeant, they also have signature cocktails with unique stories, such as Ahau Chamahez, inspired by the Mayan God of medicine.
Address: Pancras Rd, Kings Cross, London N1C 4TB, United Kingdom
Website: GNH Bar
Opening hours: Mon - Wed: 7am - 12am; Thu - Fri: 7pm - 1am; Sat: 8am - 1am; Sun: 8am - 12am
8. Drink, Shop & Do
Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account
As the name of this establishment suggests, you can eat in the cafe by day and drink cocktails after sunset while partaking in fun activities. In this fun and eclectic all-day cafe/ bar, there is a host of activities from candle making workshops to art night to bottomless brunch, pretty much enough to keep you occupied the whole day if you choose to stay. Their bar area is strictly above 18s only after 7 pm, where you can let your hair down under the disco ball until 2 am.
Drink, Shop & Do
Address: 9 Caledonian Rd, Islington, London N1 9DX, United Kingdom
Website: Drink, Shop & Do
Opening hours: Mon - Thu: 10:30am - 12am; Fri - Sat: 10:30am - 2am; Sun: 10:30am - 6pm
9. The Fellow
The Fellow consists of not one, but three floors of pubs and dining rooms depending on your occasion and mood. Whether you settle with some girlfriends at the fancy cocktail bar, The Black Door, or book the private room, The Weigh Inn, for a more intimate gathering, the Fellow will have a suitable drink for everyone. Visit the cool pub downstairs for the best Sunday roast in Kings Cross and catch a rugby game screening at the same time for a perfect end to the weekend.
Address: 24 York Way, London, N1 9AA
Website: The Fellow
Opening hours: Sun - Wed: 10am - 11pm; Thu - Sat: 10am - 12am
10. The Hansom
A classic British bar located in the beautiful St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel, you can be sure to get your fix of British breakfast, afternoon tea or dinner alongside their cocktails inspired by the Victorian era. They have two cocktail menus- The Hansom Classics and The Hackney Classics, where the former reflect 18th-century drinking traditions such as the Oxford Night Cap, while the latter reminiscent of the 19th century mixed drinks revolution, including lesser-known drinks such as the Jack Rose (1927).
Address: St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel London, Euston Rd, London NW1 2AR, United Kingdom
Website: The Hansom
Opening hours: Mon - Tue: 7:30am - 11pm; Wed - Fri: 7:30am - 12am; Sat: 9am - 12am; Sun: 10am - 8pm
Round off your British getaway at a cocktail bar
Whether you are looking for a bottomless brunch, nightcap after an elegant dinner or even an afternoon cocktail, there are plenty of bars in the heart of London to suit your fancy. Your British getaway would not be complete without a visit to one.
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