Great Northern Hotel, the King’s Cross luxury boutique hotel, has now officially opened the area’s first martini lounge.
Located on the hotel’s first floor, Anthracite is a 90-cover three-roomed lounge, which has been developed by Archer Humphryes, the architects behind the 2013 redesign of the Grade-II listed Italianate Victorian hotel.
Drawing upon the hotel’s railway heritage, anthracite was previously used for fuelling trains and is a high-density coal that burns with a blue, and smokeless flame.
This is reflected in the lounge’s charcoal colour palette, brought to life with submetallic details and electric blue trims.
There is an extensive menu of martinis, incorporating vodka, gin and vermouth in blends created by head bartender Balazs Nagy and his team.
A bespoke selection of portraits by Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year 2017, Gareth Reid, line the walls.
Owner-operator, Jeremy Robson says of the opening: “Standing at the gateway to the newly regenerated King’s Cross, I wanted to bring something to the area that builds upon the Great Northern Hotel’s timeless elegance, whilst offering a darker edge of glamour and subversion. A sophisticated and alluring drinking destination, Anthracite will serve visitors and Londoners alike.”
Great Northern Hotel opened in 2013 after a five-year, £40m renovation project and is also home to Plum + Spilt Milk restaurant.