Great Northern Hotel in King’s Cross is to open a new martini lounge, marking a first for the area.
Situated on the first floor of the 91-bedroom hotel, Anthracite will be a 90-cover lounge comprising three rooms.
It has been developed by Archer Humphryes – the architects behind the 2013 redesign of the Grade-II listed Italianate Victorian hotel.
The new space has been inspired by the colour and properties of the coal from which it takes its name.
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.
A bespoke selection of portraits by Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year 2017, Gareth Reid, will be on the walls.
There will be an extensive menu of martinis, incorporating vodka, gin and vermouth in blends created by head bartender Balazs Nagy and his team.
Owner-operator, Jeremy Robson says: “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.