Step out of King’s Cross station as it is now, and into Victorian-inspired Booking Office 1869 which has been designed to resemble the original 19th-century ticket hall at St Pancras. Set inside the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel, the drinking and dining destination is the product of designer and architect Hugo Toro’s imaginative thinking, who worked alongside owner Harry Handelsman to dream up its stylish interiors. Blending old and new styles, Booking Office 1869 boasts lively and eccentric patterns, fabrics and features inspired by Toro’s desire to create a Victorian-style Winter Garden.
The 120-cover room features eight-metre tall palm trees, a 22-metre-long bar and three hanging chandeliers which all provide grand focal points within the vast space. If the pictures are anything to go by, you’ll want to book a table here pronto.
Open Tuesday to Saturday, the all-day menu includes classic dishes finished with a modern twist, while a raw fish bar serves oysters and sashimi-style tuna skewers. The menu is divided into snacks, starters and mains with examples of dishes including fried chicken with yoghurt and lime, cashew hummus with soft egg, togorashi and radish, fried fish sandwich with spicy tartare sauce, steamed bun and fries and slow-roasted lamb shoulder with yoghurt, flatbread and pickled onions (for two). For dessert, there’s a brioche donut with caramelised apple and burnt cinnamon cream that’s calling our name.
The drinks list and bar are run by Jack Porter (formerly The Mezzanine and The Ned) which serves Refined Classics and Signature cocktails as well as plenty of premium Champagnes, wines and spirits.
That’s not all. The space hosts live DJ sessions at the latter end of the week, named ‘Last Call’, while a new London rooftop garden will launch alongside the restaurant and bar, open year-round and serving a pared-back snacks menu and drinks list.