GNH Bar and Terrace

Bars, British, Steak, Wine Bars·
Bronze Award

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Bronze Award

Following its £40m refurb, the newly upmarket Great Northern Hotel now contains two smart drinking haunts. As well as enjoying a cocktail lounge appended to the Plum + Spilt Milk brasserie, imbibers can now park up at the well-appointed art-deco GNH Bar with its chunky zinc counter and glass chandeliers reflected in mirrored ceilings. Cheerful waitresses in clingy black, 90s-style Helmut Lang mini-dresses serve sliders, charcuterie and light mains, while upbeat barmen enthusiastically promoteclassics and signature drinks. Try an 1854 (Woodford Reserve bourbon, cardamom and smoked pineapple fix), which references the original hotel’s launch date. Be warned that traffic from smokers heading for the pavement often causes an icy blast through the bar’s door.

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Average Price
££££ - Under £30
Bars, British, Steak, Wine Bars
Cool, Dark and moody, Fun, Glamorous, Lively, Romantic
Food Occasions
All day dining, Breakfast, Lunch
Alfresco And Views
Outside seating, Terrace
Special Features
Vegetarian options


GNH Bar and Terrace, part of the Great Northern Hotel in King’s Cross, is a modern reinvention of the traditional railway bar. Here, guests, travellers and locals can all mingle over coffee, beer, cocktails or wine. There’s food too, including bar snacks and larger plates, making this a seriously versatile spot. In front of the bar, the terrace offers the perfect spot for people watching over drinks, facing out across Pancras Road towards the station. Inside, meanwhile, things are a little more lavish. Perch on the polished wooden stools at the bar, under the impressive chandeliers, or nab a table for a more relaxed drinking and dining experience.

To drink, there’s a pleasing range of house cocktails, including a ‘flaming’ margarita made with chilli tequila. For those who prefer something a little more elegant, there’s the blue velvet, a blend of Bonatist dry gin, St Germain elderflower liqueur, lemon, Briottet Creme de Violette and egg white. If, however, you want something a little bubblier, try the crown jewel, which mixes Belle de Brillet pear and cognac liqueur, lemon, sugar syrup and Champagne. At the earthier end of the scale, there are a couple of barrel-aged options, including a negroni and Manhattan. There’s a great selection of spirits too, including various gins, whiskeys, rums, vodkas and tequilas.

In the mornings, diners can sample a tasty range of breakfast dishes, including morning pastries, bacon buns, smoked salmon and cream cheese bagels, avocado and tomato bagels or a plum crunch pot with Greek yoghurt. Later in the day, there is plenty of bar food to sample. Quick snacks like marinated olives, truffle and pecorino nuts or rosemary salt fries are ideal with drinks, while there are also more substantial plates like pecorino and leek croquettes, buttermilk fried chicken bites or a meat and cheese platter.

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Great Northern Hotel, Pancras Road, King's Cross, London, N1C 4TB

020 3388 0800 020 3388 0800


Opening Times

All day
Mon 09:00-22:00
Tue 09:00-22:00
Wed 09:00-22:00
Thu 09:00-22:00
Fri 09:00-22:00
Sat 09:00-22:00
Sun 09:00-22:00


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