23 August 2014

Drink, Shop & Do

No 9, Caledonian Road, London N1 9DX

£15.00 Cafes Islington, Barnsbury
  • Wine: £15.00
  • Champagne: £45.00
  • Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 12N-11pm Sat-Sun 10.30am-10pm (Sat -11pm)

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Jam-packed with vintage ‘kitchenalia’ & knitted goods galore, this colourful café brings a bit of cheer to the bottom of Cally Road. If it’s vintage, kitsch or creative, you’ll probably find it here, & there’s work by up-&-coming designers, too. Before you start to shop, rev up with something from the feel-good drinks list: think root beer floats, Oreo cookie milkshakes, hot chocolate with marshmallows, & a host of flavoured teas. For something stronger, take a fully dressed Pimm’s, a bottle of organic beer or a fun cocktail. They also serve cakes & homemade pork pies, plus proper afternoon tea for a bargain £12, & there’s always plenty to ‘do’, from pay-what- you-think parlour games to beginner’s crochet. It’s jam & Jerusalem for the next generation.

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  1. Drink, Shop & Do

    No 9, Caledonian Road, London N1 9DX
    Overall rating:
      Platinum Reviewer  (157)

    • Food & Drink: 7
    • Service: 7
    • Atmosphere: 7
    • Value: 7

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  1. Published : Tuesday, 27th August 2013

    Empty Pocket Guide :: Drink Shop & Do

    In this wonderful cafe bar situated in Kings Cross you can drink, shop, dance and……..do! The set up is like a vintage style tea room serving tea, cake, full afternoon tea and cocktails upstairs. There’s a darker bar more suited to dancing downstairs. There are many ‘dos’ all well priced and also many are free. During the day if you want to arrange an event, like a hen party, you can book in a do of your choice. Otherwise there are many pre-arranged do’s you can take part in...
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  2. Published : Thursday, 25th October 2012

    Brunch etc. :: Drink Shop & Do

    This post has been languishing half-finished in my drafts folder since September, so it feels quite satisfying to finally hit the publish button! I ended up in Drink Shop & Do - a cool concept cafe near Kings Cross - after an extremely unsuccesful trip to the Kings Cross ice-cream festival (it was raining, half the stands were closed, and they ran out of ice-cream just before we arrived. NIGHTMARE!). Ice-cream hopes dashed,we decided to find somewhere out of the rain for a cup of tea and a bite to eat. My friend suggested Drink, Shop & Do. What do you call an ice-cream festival with no ice-cream...?A mere 2 minutes walk from Kings Cross, Drink, Shop & Do is an awesome combo of cafe, shop, arts & crafts studio and performance venue (we were kicked out at 7.30pm for a comedy show). And if you're looking for something a bit more 'grown-up', you can head downstairs (through a door ominously marked "adult & erotica") to Drink, Shop & Dance for music and dancing.Tasty cakes :)Upon entering, we passed through the small shop in the front (selling whimsical gifts and a tempting selection of pic n' mix) and up a flight of steps to the light, airy cafe. Cheerily decorated with a brightly painted bar, mismatched chairs, and a swarm of colourful kites and streamers hanging from the ceiling, this had a fun, arty vibe - a great spot for whiling away an afternoon, drinking tea and maybe playing a game of Scrabble or two (they have a decent collection of board games for customers to borrow).Through an archway on the back wall, we found a snug side-room: dimly lit and draped in jewel-toned silks, it was a bit more cosy than the main room (although no less kitsch!). We settled down for a brew and a good catch-up.The menu is extremely wide-ranging, offering everything from breakfast to bar snacks. You can even order a tea cupful of sweets! There's plenty of typical cafe fare (soups, quiche, salads, sandwiches), a good selection of cakes, and a choice of four different afternoon teas - including the tongue-in-cheek "man's afternoon tea" featuring pork pies, scotch eggs, and (of course) a Yorkie, and the more sophisticated "royal afternoon tea" (which comes with a glass of Perrier Jouet champagne). There's also a very comprehensive selection of teas, some interesting cocktails, and even a decent wine list. Basically, Drink, Shop & Do has it all. http://www.drinkshopdo.com/Drink,_Shop_%26_Do/Drink,_Shop_&_Do_—_Menus_files/Full%20Menu.pdfOn this occasion, I opted for a late lunch of quiche and salad, which was excellent (and at only £6.80, fairly good value for what was a pretty filling meal). One of my friends went for the lemon drizzle cake (dense, moist, tasty), while the other ordered a plate of cheese and pickle finger sandwiches. Served on gleaming white bread, cut into eight mini triangles with the crusts sliced off, this was a very party-food-esque snack. In fact the whole place feels a bit like a kid's birthday party (in a good, colourful, pass-the-parcel, jelly-and-ice-cream kind of way). As well as food and drink, Drink, Shop & Do also have a menu of 'dos': from clay sculpting and knitting, to 50s pin-up makeover sessions, these would be great for hen parties, birthdays, or corporate events.With so much on offer, Drink, Shop & Do is definitely one of the best 'all-round' venues I've come across in London. It's nice to find somewhere with so much character this close to Kings Cross - with all the activities, it would be a perfect place to spend a couple of hours if your train is delayed (a bit more exciting than playing Angry Birds on your phone in Starbucks!)
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