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MUST DO: Three cosy eateries

Where to drink superior coffee, sup cocktails by candlelight, and eat burgers by an award-winning chef

Squirrel yourself away in VOC

VOC
VOC: barrels are filled with cocktails suspended from the ceiling. Photo: PR
Tucked under an archway in King’s Cross, this candle-lit bar is the perfect cold weather hideaway. Named after the Dutch East India Company, the cosy bar is filled with bottles that look like magic potions. Barrels are filled with cocktails suspended from the ceiling, and huge church candles drip against exposed brickwork. The idea is that the barrel-aged drinks and bespoke designed cocktails replicate the feel of a 17th Century drinking den. There’s an atmospheric restaurant, too. More info. 2 Varnisher’s Yard N1

Eat top food in a revamped pub

Global Traveller burgers. Photo: @ks_ate_here
Global Traveller burgers. Photo: @ks_ate_here
Adam Rawson is a pretty hot (scrub that, award-winning) young chef, having bagged stints with Nuno Mendes, Claude Bosi and Gordon Ramsay under his belt. He’s just launched his first extended kitchen residency at The George & Dragon pub in Fitzrovia, the theme being what he calls his collection of “Global Traveller” burgers. Expect things like The Peruvian with aged beef, crispy pork, aji rocotto ketchup, and salsa criolla; and the Global Traveller, pimped up with gorgonzola, balsamic onions, pancetta and truffle aioli. Chuck in “proper” onion spiced chips and this is next-level streetfood. Just opened by Warren Street tube, The George & Dragon is also a lovely spot for a beer. Adam Rawson runs until end of Feb, available for lunch and dinner Mondays to Fridays. More info. George & Dragon, 51 Cleveland Street W1

Feel the frequency

Worth seeking out for a damn fine bean. Photo: Instagram
Worth seeking out for a damn fine bean. Photo: Instagram
This new arrival is a little way down King’s Cross Road in the direction of always lovely Exmouth Market. Choose from an espresso-based menu, plus a choice of three single-origins on filter (as either a pour-over through the V60 or an Aeropress), with the beans changing on a seasonal basis. Feeling the chill? It’s a nice retreat inside, with a floor-to-ceiling windows. There’s weet stuff to nibble on with your caffeine, too. More info. 121 King’s Cross Road WC1


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