London Food & Culture

MUST DO: The Standard Hotel in King’s Cross

Three restaurants, cocktail bars, a library lounge - and rooms with outdoor bathtubs

Now this is pretty exciting, whether you’re into brutalist architecture – or just fancy a swanky new hideaway to sip cocktails. (And that’s before we consider its various eating options.)

Housed in the 1974-built former Camden Town Hall annexe, the once rather forgettable building has, in fact, been rather fabulously overhauled for The Standard’s first hotel launch outside the US.

Now there are 266 rooms in 42 styles, ranging from cosy to terraced suites, some with outdoor bathtubs overlooking St Pancras station. There’s even a futuristic red lift that zooms up and down the exterior of the building.

Back down on the ground floor a street-facing bar, Double Standard, offers lunch, laidback drinking and hearty dining from chef Adam Rawson; while his garden restaurant, Isla, features a coastal-inspired menu with lighter options and a predominantly natural wine list. The outdoor space has a retractable awning, so you can soak up the summer sun or relax in the shade, too.


Inside, the lobby lounge boasts a carefully curated library, paying homage to the building’s original use, with a Sounds studio hosting weekly live music and talks, open to all.

And finally, up on the tenth floor chef, Peter Sanchez-Iglesias’ flagship restaurant showcases his fire-based cooking and the building’s 360-degree views of London. Perfect to catch the flaming late-summer sunset.

Open daily, 10 Argyle Street, WC1, more info on the restaurants, bars and room prices here

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