Top 10: Late-night bars in and around King’s Cross

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Think this is a neighbourhood that closes up early nowadays? Think again


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10. Drake & Morgan

Vast on two floors. Photo: D & M
Vast on two floors. Photo: D & M
Yes, it’s a fancy dining room and all-day café upstairs but by night – and at the weekend – you can party till 1am. Drinks are more reasonable (for KX) than you might expect, too. More info. 6 Pancras Square

9. Scala

Not just a gig venue. Scala, Pentonville Road.  Photo: Scala
Not just a gig venue. Scala, Pentonville Road. Photo: Scala
It’s not just a place to see an early evening rock band. After hours, expect anything from rap to salsa and Hallowe’en club nights at this KX mainstay with four floors and two dancefloors. More info. 275 Pentonville Road N1

8. Big Chill House

Open till the wee hours. Photo: BC
Open till the wee hours. Photo: BC
Party bar and late-night venue with heated terrace right on the main thoroughfare that joins King’s Cross to Islington. Open until 3am at weekends (and 1am Thurs). More info. 257 Pentonville Road N1

7. Surya

Surya: open till 4am. Photo: Surya
Surya: open till 4am. Photo: Surya
This diminutive live music venue is all about celebrating new talent – but did you know it also holds a useful 4am license at weekends? Ace. More info. 156 Pentonville Road N1


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6. The Star of Kings

Unpretentious and fun. Photo: S o K
Unpretentious and fun. Photo: S o K
This shabby-chic bohemian den is a meeting place for students and locals, as well as a gig and comedy venue. Naturally there’s a club with 1am license at weekends. More info. 126 York Way N1

5. Central Station

Drag on some nights. And then the club downstairs is open waaay late. Photo: CS
Drag on some nights. And then the club downstairs is open waaay late. Photo: CS
This notorious LGBT bar is always fun, whether you’re watching cabaret or venturing, er, downstairs. It’s open till 1am (Mon-Wed), 2am on Fridays and 3am Saturdays. More info. 37 Wharfdale Road N1

4. Keystone Crescent

Comfortably furnished to nestle down for a long night in....Photo: PR
Comfortably furnished to nestle down for a long night in….Photo: PR
Stylish and civilised cocktail bar just off the Cally Road. Open till 4am for members and their friends. Just stamp the code in the door to be let in. More info. 28 Keystone Crescent N1

3. Drink Shop Do

Multi-purpose and late-night. Photo: Alexa Loy
Multi-purpose and late-night. Photo: Alexa Loy
Creative pursuits, musical bingo, cocktails and club nights are the order of the day in the basement club that’s open till 2am at weekends (and midnight weekdays). More info. Caledonian Road N1

2. The Lexington

The Lexington. Photo: PR
The Lexington. Photo: PR
Brilliant boozer and top music joint that also stays open temptingly late with everything from jazz to indie on the decks. This one closes at 2am weeknights, 3am on Thursdays and a whopping 4am at weekends. More info. 96-98 Pentonville Road N1

1. Egg London

Egg in full flow.  Photo: Giacomo Tonoli  & Ryan Dinham
Egg in full flow. Photo: Giacomo Tonoli & Ryan Dinham
The late-night daddy of KX venues, this cavernous fun-palace with big-name DJs, five areas and an outdoor terrace stays awake till a red-eyed 6am on Tuesdays, 7am on Fridays and 9am on Saturdays. Wow. More info. 200 York Way N7


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