The first martini lounge in King’s Cross is set to open this autumn by Great Northern Hotel. Located on the hotel’s first floor with breathtaking views of George Gilbert Scott’s iconic St Pancras clock tower, Anthracite will build upon the timeless elegance and dedication to quality for which the Great Northern Hotel has earned its name, whilst offering a new layer of glamour, seduction and depth.
“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,” said Jeremy Robson, owner-operator.
Taking inspiration from the colour and unusual properties of the coal from which it takes its name, Anthracite is a 90-cover, three-roomed lounge. As anthracite was previously used for fuelling trains and is a high-density coal that burns with blue and smokeless flame, the lounge’s charcoal palette, brought up to life with submetallic details and electric blue trims reflects just that.
Anthracite is sultry and seductive by night, perfect for an evening of escapism and indulgence, while by day it benefits from floor to ceiling large windows and an abundance of natural light, perfect for hotel guests looking to relax and business meetings.
To drink, martinis will take centre stage, with an extensive and carefully curated selection of vodkas, gins and vermouths for guests to create a bespoke martini, expertly mixed by head bartender Balazs Nagy and team.
Alongside favourite martini cocktails such as the Espresso and Breakfast Martini, bespoke Anthracite twists will feature, including serves such as the Coastal Martini made from Samphire infused gin, cured lemon infused Mancino extra dry, black pepper tincture, pumpkin, chilli oil and a garnish of seaweed crisp. For the non-Martini drinker, there will be a selection of classic and more unusual cocktails alongside a wide-ranging menu of perfectly served Gin & Tonics.
Bringing a sense of glamour and sophisticated decadence, Anthracite will be a welcome addition to King’s Cross’ ever-thriving food, arts and music scene.