The Cross Kings has now closed - October 2010.The Cross Kings is a quirky, off beat venue in the heart of King's Cross specializing in the best in food and entertainment. Their aim is to provide a platform for artists to showcase their work, whilst providing a friendly and hospitable meeting place for people of all ages and cultures.
(The Cross Kings was formerly known as the Backpackers, a popular pub with antipodeans -- especially for Sunday lunchtime drunken behavior.)
The Cross Kings Location
126 York Way
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Nearest Tube Station:
King's Cross St. Pancras
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The Cross Kings is in the heart of King's Cross -- Europe's largest regeneration area. What was once a run down and undesirable area of town is being turned into a gateway to London for up to 60 million visitors a year by 2020.
Within The Cross Kings
The Cross Kings is a colorful venue and offers a busy events program. There are 3 bars, great food, and a fun atmosphere. Free wi-fi is available. The psychedelic basement is like entering a 3D comic strip.
The Front Bar is the main drinking and dining area. There is also a terrace available until 10pm with extra seating.
This L-shaped room has comfy sofas to hang out and enjoy the music. Previous entertainment has included: Alabama 3, Black Kids, and Peyoti for President, as well as opera singers, harp players, skiffle bands, and a gospel choir!
The psychedelic basement of the Cross Kings is more intimate. You'll see a caricature of Dante's Inferno described by Stephen Merchant as "a sex dungeon created by Beano". This interior is pretty flexible so you might find theater seating and a film screening, or cabaret style bistro tables with candles, or a big empty space for dancing.
Opening HoursSunday - Thursday: 12 noon - 12 midnight
Friday: 12 noon - 2am
Saturday: 3pm - 2am
Live music finishes 30 minutes before closing, and DJs stop 15 minutes before closing.
Dress CodeHave a bit of style!
Age PolicyAs with most clubs and bars in London, the Cross Kings, is for over 18s only. Bring ID if you look young.
Food and Drink
Wherever feasible, food is organic, plus they use London suppliers who sources can be trusted: vegetables from Borough Market, fish from Mersea Island, meat from a local traditional family butcher, and bread (when not homemade) comes from the Exeter Street Bakery.