6 King’s Cross bars that are ideal for business drinks

Why hold your business meetings in stuffy offices and conference rooms during your stay in our King’s Cross hotel when our area offers so many more hospitable venues? King’s Cross is literally bursting with top-class bars and restaurants that are guaranteed to create the right atmosphere and the best impression for clients or colleagues.

Some of the venues in our round-up would just be great whatever the reason behind your visit but all have been specially chosen for their business prowess. You’ll find venues that aren’t so loud you’ll struggle to hear a word being said and those that are just waiting to impress.

The local choice: Megaro Bar

When you stay with us at Megaro, you’ve got an ideal venue for business drinks right downstairs. What business meeting wouldn’t benefit from a bit of film star glamour or a little added drama to keep the boredom at bay?

Choose between The Dark Room, with its velvety feel and intimate atmosphere, and The Picture Room, complete with changing exhibitions, which would make an ideal spot for a private meeting.

If you need to wash away the taste of a tricky business discussion – or simply want to make those decisions seem a little simpler to make – there’s plenty to choose from on the Megaro Bar drinks menu. From classics ‘with issues’ to fizzing cocktails that would be just right for celebrating a deal well-made.

If you want to book a table, you only have to ask. Or, you can book online, if you’re out and about. Of course, you’re also more than welcome to just wander in. Megaro Bar is open from 5pm every day between Tuesday and Saturday.

Need some added fuel to seal the deal? Our neighbourhood brasserie Karpo is on-hand for large or small plates and a weekday set lunch menu.

Megaro Bar

The impressive option: The Gilbert Scott

There are times when a pie and a pint just aren’t going to give a business associate the right impression. That’s when you should think about getting online or nipping in to book a table at The Gilbert Scott.

If you need the ‘wow’ factor to get your business show on the road, The Gilbert Scott won’t disappoint. The setting is stunning and the menus from the Marcus Wareing crew promise to be as elegant as the surroundings.

If you want to conduct business with the ‘best of British’ at its heart, this is the venue for you. The food menu is renowned for its use of local produce to create British classics with an up-to-date edge, whilst the drinks on offer should satisfy even the most discerning of palates.

We’ll be honest and say that the prices can put the pressure on to seal that deal but, hey, there is that old saying about having to speculate to accumulate, isn’t there?

It’s also well-worth the financial effort if you want a venue that can live up to the demands of even the lengthiest of business get-togethers. You won’t have to move far within the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel setting even if your Breakfast meeting runs into lunch and beyond. If you’ve got the stamina – and the budget – the afternoon teas and cocktails are superb as well.

There’s a private room if you need that added level of privacy or you could try out the Kitchen Table for those meetings where impressions are more important than the details of the deal. If it’s the sort of meeting that requires the full shebang, The Gilber Scott is also a great spot for a business lunch, which we cover in more detail in our guide to 4 fantastic King’s Cross lunch venues to trump any meal deal.

The Gilbert Scott is open every day, with the bar shimmying into action at 11am and the restaurant opening its doors an hour later.

The Gilbert Scott website


For wine-lovers: Vinoteca King’s Cross

Don’t be put off by the industrial space and the outside tables that attract tourists and locals alike; Vinoteca will not disappoint even if you’ve got a true wine aficionado to impress.

The wine list at this King’s Boulevard venue boasts no less than 285 options. Surely even the fussiest of business associates has got to be able to find something they like on there?

If the business side of things seems to be slipping away in a waft of grapey fumes, the ever-changing menu of European and British seasonal dishes is on-hand to help add some clarity to the situation.

Vinoteca opens at 7.30am on weekdays and from 10am on weekends. The doors close at 11pm every day, giving you plenty of time to wine, dine and impress.

Want more options? Check out our guide to the best Wine bars near King’s Cross.

Vinoteca website

A sporting chance: The German Gymnasium

If you want to flex your business muscles in surroundings steeped in history, how about what was once Britain’s first purpose-built gym?

The venue played a massive role in the country’s athletics arena and today it’s still worthy of a gold for its stunning building, which dates from the mid-1860s, a welcoming and huge heated terrace, and interesting restaurant run by D&D London. These are the folks behind Skylon, Bluebird and Le Pont de la Tour.

Think grand European brasseries and cafes and you’ll get an idea of what to expect. There’s lots of original features to discuss in between business talk and the German-inspired menu in the Meister Bar, the Grand Café or the chic restaurant should keep you going no matter how long the meeting lasts.

For an afternoon with a twist, the German Gymnasium also serves a Mittel-European take on afternoon tea, every day from 4pm. You can find out more in our round up of the top 5 spots for afternoon tea near King’s Cross.

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The relaxed hang-out: The Booking Office

If your idea of the perfect business meeting has cocktails involved, then you’ve got to give the mixology maestros at The Booking Office a go.

There’s a choice for all palates – or just ask for exactly what you want – and the surroundings in the former St Pancras Station booking office should suit most tastes, whether you want to sit beneath the soaring gothic arches inside or look over the train tracks outside.

Not one for trading high-power punches, this is a more relaxed choice where you might just want to hang out even after the work has been done. Just be warned, closing time is well into the early hours at the end of the working week!

Booking Office website


Who says business can’t be glamorous? Certainly not the team at the Great Northern Hotel Bar, which opens straight onto King’s Cross Station’s Western concourse.

It’s only 25-metres from the Eurostar terminal if European business beckons later, although you might not want to stray too far once settled in the comfortable surroundings with a champagne cocktail or glass of fine liqueur to hand.

The surroundings are pleasantly dramatic without being overpowering, whilst Mark Sargeant’s menus are pleasingly varied, whether you fancy a mid-meet nibble or a larger dinner plate. It’s open for breakfast from 7am and doesn’t close until late.

For more inspiration for where to host business drinks near King’s Cross, our ultimate guide to King’s Cross bars [Map] has you covered.

GNH Bar website

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