13 places to drink outside in King's Cross

King's Cross is a bit too urban to boast any actual beer gardens, but there are more pubs and bars with decent outdoor drinking spaces than you might realise.

Please note that the excellent roof terrace at The Big Chill House is currently closed for refurbishment.

Terraces and courtyards

Walled oases and other spaces that are well away from the noise and fumes of King's Cross' relentless traffic.

  • The Betjeman Arms

    The Betjeman Arms

    The Betjeman Arms is an excellent station pub with a terrace that lies in the shadow of the magnificent St Pancras Renaissance Hotel. When the terrace gets too busy you can spill out onto the hotel's huge driveway.

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  • Camino


    It's a lovely place but Camino is so popular that its large courtyard is heaving most nights during the summer - uncomfortably so on Thursdays and Fridays, so try visiting at a quieter time if you can.

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  • The Lucas Arms

    The Lucas Arms

    A good honest pub that's less fashionable and slightly off the beaten track compared with some places, which means you might even get a seat in their small but pleasant beer garden.

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  • Somers Town Coffee House

    Somers Town Coffee House

    A fine pub that's undergoing something of a revival under new management, the Somers Town Coffee House has a small courtyard at the back and plenty more space beside largely traffic-free Chalton Street at the front.

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Roof terraces

Some elevated spaces to get you nearer the sun and further from the street.

  • The Driver

    The Driver

    It's a long climb up to The Driver's roof terrace, but worth it if you want to catch some rays and almost convince yourself that you are in a country where the weather is always like this.

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  • The Fellow

    The Fellow

    Avoid the street-level tables (where you'll inhale traffic fumes with your beer) and head upstairs to gastropub The Fellow's first floor terrace. It does get busy, so you may find it hard to get a space at peak times.

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Waterside drinking

Thanks to the Regents Canal, King's Cross can boast a couple of drinking spots with a colourful backdrop of ducks and narrowboats.

  • Canal 125

    Canal 125

    Canal 125 has a small terrace in a great position looking out over the canal, as well as some more tables on the flat roof up on the first floor.

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  • Rotunda


    The Rotunda bar and restaurant is inside the Kings Place arts centre and has a large terrace overlooking Battlebridge Basin.

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Traffic-free pavements and street corners

Ok so you're in the street, but these are either traffic-free or have a decent amount of space to make them more than just crowded pavement drinking.

  • 6 St Chad's Place

    6 St Chad's Place

    6 St Chad's Place is a cool bar that's definitely one of King's Cross' hidden gems. Being at the end of a tiny blocked-off street there's no traffic and plenty of space for drinkers to spread out.

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  • McGlynn's


    McGlynn's is an unspoilt old pub on an equally unspoilt old street corner, with views of the St Pancras clocktower and where the only traffic is the occasional bicycle.

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  • The Dolphin

    The Dolphin

    Dive into the gloomy passageway on the Euston Road opposite St Pancras (between Camden Town Hall and the Library) and you will emerge to find The Dolphin, a no-nonsense local on a quiet street corner.

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  • The Harrison

    The Harrison

    An excellent gastropub and live music venue, The Harrison also benefits from being on a quiet back street where the traffic is light. It's slightly tricky to find but worth making the effort for.

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  • The Star of Kings

    The Star of Kings

    This is on York Way, which is not remotely traffic-free as well as being opposite a giant building site, but we've included the Star of Kings because its terrace is fenced off and gets the evening sun which is rare in these parts.

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