London Pubs: King Charles I
King’s Cross has some rubbish pubs, but this gem in Northdown Street is worth a visit (along with The Driver and The Fellow). It’s the Brigadoon of boozers, seemingly vanishing at certain times when you most want a drink. Ben the landlord cheerfully admits he went a bit AWOL for a while but now the place is sorted and running smoothly, with bar billiards, a menu that allows deliveries from local restaurants and the odd random poetry reading or weird literary punch-up. It’s not for punters who like their pubs to look like restaurants, but if you’re up for making friends with interesting people, it’s usually a winner.