MUST DO: Water Rats back open. And ‘bottomless’ champagne!

Catch a weekend-only cocktail bar, a band at a legendary KX venue – and get the fizz in

A cocktail bar that’s hidden (kind of)

Upstairs at the Prince Albert.
Upstairs at the Prince Albert. Photo: PR
Situated on the first floor of the Prince Albert on Royal College Street, the thoroughfare that connects St Pancras with Camden, Vic’s Bar is an intriguing new hangout. Wander up the staircase from the ground floor into a loungey area for a whopping selection of vodka, gin whisky and rum, local and regional craft beers. And it’s only open Thursdays and Fridays (from 6pm – midnight) with unannounced DJs, collaborations and live music sessions. More info. 163 Royal College St NW1

A music venue that’s back in business

Quite posh now. Famous music venue gets a facelift. Photo: PR
Quite posh now. Famous music venue gets a facelift. Photo: PR
Newly refitted and refurbished, the Water Rats reopened at the end of last year. It has a prestigious history, including first gigs from icons including Bob Dylan (1962), The Pogues (1982) and Oasis (1994). Now there’s proper food, craft beers and cocktails, with events coming up such as Toyah Wilcox, a comedy night hosted by Alex Zane and rock and roll night club This Feeling taking up a monthly residency. More info. 328 Gray’s Inn Road, WC1X

…and drink bottomless champagne

Free. Kind of. Photo: PR
Free? Kind of. Photo: PR
Well, not quite. But lovely waterside dining room The Rotunda has a pretty damn enticing Sunday lunch offer if you’ve got a bit of cash: for three hours you can sit enjoying as many glasses of bubbly as you can for just £29.50. On your marks, get set, go…! And to soak it all up they’re dishing up a full range of roasts (they’re one of the few restaurants in the capital who specialise in on-site butchery) from about £15. Sounds delish. More info. King’s Place, 90 York Way, N1

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