Best Bars in King’s Cross… There’s a lot happening in King’s Cross these days. For starters, we’ve just opened the fifth branch of Pall Mall Barbers at 68 York Way, just a stone’s throw from the Regents Canal. Now that the dust has settled (not literally – it’s brand spanking new), we’ve finally had a chance to explore our new home, starting with the local watering holes. It’s thirsty work, but it’s about the journey, not the destination. We’re still working through our list, but in the meantime, here are a few of our favourites so far.
Pall Mall Barbers’ Guide to the Best Bars in King’s Cross
Booking Office Bar
Euston Rd, NW1 2AR
Tucked away neatly in the plush surroundings of the St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel is one of the best-kept secrets in Central London – the soaring arches and flattering lighting of the Booking Office Bar. The former ticket booking office of the newly-restored station has been sympathetically reimagined as a rather grand cocktail bar, which – despite its location and popularity with locals – somehow manages to conjure up an empty table just when you need it. Their speciality is grown-up punch, served with childish whimsy. Depending on the menu that month, yours might arrive in a vintage medicine bottle, miniature cauldron or crystal-cut goblet that changes colours before your very eyes. It’s the sort of thing that ought to be tedious, but is executed with such flair that even the most jaded drinker will be delighted and certainly puts it top of our list as one of the best bars in King’s Cross. The “Mystic Potions and Elixirs” menu is clearly inspired by tales of a certain boy wizard – a fitting treat, then, if you’ve spent the afternoon queuing at Platform 9 ¾.
3 King’s Boulevard, N1C 4BU
Think of a wine bar, any wine bar and the first image that springs to mind is very likely a bunch of red-faced blokes in suits, quaffing a bottle of red that costs more than your monthly rent. Vinoteca is doing its very best to shed that stuffy image – they don’t shy away from the high-end stuff, but they also proudly serve a couple of boxed wines by the glass. Apparently, it’s not just for student house parties anymore. The Kings Cross branch is the biggest and shiniest to date, which is welcome news if you’ve ever tried to squeeze into a table at the original Clerkenwell outpost. It’s also the only branch to offer breakfast and breakfast wine, which somehow seems perfectly respectable if you’re sitting on a canal-side terrace.
3 Varnishers Yard, N1 9FD
It must have been about 2009 that sherry went from being your nan’s favourite Christmas tipple to an official Thing on the London bar scene. When it opened in 2010, Bar Pepito was the very first dedicated sherry bar in town. The menu helpfully explains each sherry style, but unless you’re already an expert in fortified wines, it’s far more fun to order from the flights menu. £8.50 gets you three different 50ml measures from any style to compare and contrast. The bar itself has fewer than twenty seats, so it’s not ideal for big groups, but just the thing for an intimate catch-up – making it one of the best bars in King’s Cross.
3 Granary Square, N1C 4BH
“Canal side dining” and “lazy weekend brunch” aren’t phrases you might have associated with Kings Cross even a decade ago. Thanks to the tech boom and an unstoppable army of property developers, it’s now just the sort of place you can do both without a hint of irony – there’s even an outpost of John Lewis in the station, for goodness sakes. The Lighterman takes its name from the Victorian barge operators (known as “lighters”) who used to cruise up and down the Regent’s Canal. Despite the nod to local history, it’s very much of this century. There are three dining areas housed in the mid-century modern building serving weekend breakfast, Sunday roasts and every meal in between, but head for the ground floor if you’re only interested in the drinks menu. It offers a truly impressive dedication to local produce – you’ll even find a few British wines listed alongside the London-brewed ales.
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Pall Mall Barbers Kings Cross
Pall Mall Barbers London one of the most respected London Barber Shop in London, grown into an international barber shop with shops across London. Pall Mall Barbers London a name synonymous with men’s barber shops – providing the best mix of traditional barber services for the modern man. Pall Mall Barbers is one of the oldest and most respected barbering brands in the world. We have set the benchmark for the style-conscious gentleman, giving the perfect grooming treatment to any gent who walks through our doors.
We are empowering and developing every gentleman’s distinct style for over 500 years of combined experience in the industry and we know exactly how to make your first impressions count. One of the first things that people notice when they meet you is your hairstyle. Make sure you leave a great first impression!
Pall Mall Barbers Kings Cross Location
Pall Mall Barbers Kings Cross Address: 68 York Way, Kings Cross, London N1 9AG
Conveniently located near to Kings Cross rail and tube station as well as St. Pancras International, our barber shop is just a short walk away – tucked just behind Kings Cross, near to Central Saint Martins and Regents Canal, nestled amongst the many media buildings including the Guardian HQ at Kings Place.
Hair – Pall Mall Barbers Kings Cross – Best barber shop Central London
Whether you’re looking for something new or just want a better version of your ‘usual’, getting your hair cut and styled is a big deal. It’s going to have an impact on how you feel, how you’re perceived and it’s something we take seriously. Hair is our art and craft, it’s our science and business too – this means when you enter our place to experience the best men’s haircut Central London has to offer, you can rest assured that you’re coming into a place where your head is in safe, experienced hands. We’ll discuss your desired look, offer some advice and then execute the perfect cut and style!
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Facial hair needs styling too! Getting your beard trimmed, shaped and sharpened is a great way to add definition and character to your appearance. With steady, experienced hands and a keen eye for style, our store is staffed with experts who can design your beard like an artist creating a masterpiece.
Shaving – Pall Mall Barbers Kings Cross – Best barber shop Central London
As mentioned, the classic wet shave is one of our star services because we’ve been doing it for so long and refined it to perfection. Nothing beats the feel of our luxurious foam and the refreshing swipe of our sharpened blades, as they groom your face to perfection. You’ll feel rejuvenated, reenergised and ready to roll!
About Pall Mall Barbers
Providing a traditional service in a modern manner, Pall Mall Barbers has a long established history of providing hairdressing and grooming to gentlemen, dating back over 120 years. Founded in 1896 at No. 27 Whitcomb Street, The Pall Mall Toilet Saloon, as it was historically known, was a standout in St James’ and Pall Mall. Pall Mall Barbers has grown and evolved over the years, and across our 6 London locations in Trafalgar Square, Fitzrovia, Bishopsgate, King’s Cross, Westminster and Paddington, we employ a staff with over 350 years of international barbering experience between them. We train our barbers on the fundamentals of exceptional hair cutting, beard shaping, and wet-shaving and base our service around educating our clients to help them get the best of their look and grooming routines. We produce award-winning grooming including a 5-Step Shave System for use at home and in barber shops, as well as a selection of styling and haircare products.