I’ve lived in London for 10 years, and I’ve found a lot of favorite places in that time… but the last area that I thought I’d find my new favourite place in the whole of London ever would be Kings Cross. Yup… Kings Cross. But I did. And it’s amazing.
I had a feeling I was going to love Drink, Shop & Do before I set foot inside. I’d read enough about it since it opened a few months ago to know that it was going to be my kind of place. But when I walked in with Natalie on a rainy Wednesday evening (after the death of a second bag in less than 2 weeks..!!!), I wasn’t quite prepared for just how much love I was going to have.
Set inside an old Victorian bathhouse, Drink, Shop & Do comprises of 2 seperate rooms joined by a staircase. The first room, which you enter from the street, is a shop selling the kind of kitchsy goodies that I’m trying to wean myself off. Cute mugs, adorable earrings, silly badges and a moving wire&fairy light deer…
The second part of the shop is the cafe/bar of my dreams containing such delights as tealights, floral fabrics, scotch eggs and cocktails…. And if you’re not a fan of a scotch egg, there’s so much more on offer. Stew of the day (screw soup of the day!!), quiche, sandwiches and an intimidating selection of cakes. No cup cakes here, instead huge slices of classics such as victoria sponge and bakewell tart. I’m indecisive at the best of times, but I think me and Natalie managed to embarrass ourselves with a full 10 minutes of umming and ahhing before committing to our cake choices.
Being licenced means that Drink, Shop & Do also offer beer, wine and cocktails along with the usual range of teas and coffees. And I discovered (to my Wednesday night detriment) that the staff aren’t stingey with their wine measures. A couple of larger than large glasses of red wine made Thursday feel a wee bit slower than it should.
The ‘Do’ part of Drink, Shop & Do is the bit that I am yet to experience but very eager to. Comedy nights, gingerbread decorating, scarf knitting and Scrabble matches are on (and usually free or free if you buy a drink) various nights of the week to try and keep you out of trouble. I think Scrabble Sundays are going to be a firm favourite. Although I’m not promising a high score once I’ve had a couple of huuuuge DS&D wines. Maybe I should just stick with the Drink part?
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