The Racketeer

Bronze Award
London, WC1X 9LR·Website·Call07921 751103

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Bronze Award

In Victorian times, gentlefolk often fell prey to pickpockets whose accomplices would distract victims by causing a racket in the street – hence the name for the latest reboot of this 1840s boozer (formerly The Carpenters Arms). Original wine-gum tone wall tiles and the well-worn Victorian gothic bar (lit by globe pendants) produce an agreeably down-at-heel Dickensian vibe. The place is now more cocktail bar than pub: somewhere to dip, not too deeply, into your own pocket for well-executed revenant rinses Boulevardier, Matador, and Army & Navy (a Beefeater gin and almond syrup Sour). Sample too the dark warmth of Black Spice, a peppery pick-me-up of Rittenhouse 100 rye whiskey and dry sherry. Charcuterie and cheese platters help alleviate hunger pangs; accompany them with draught craft ales from Siren and Purity, or punchy Spanish house red. An on-site bottle shop adds to the appeal, as does the weeny walled garden.

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105 King’s Cross Road, London, WC1X 9LR

07921 751103


Opening Times

Mon-Sat 4pm-1am (Fri-Sat 12N- )

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