King’s Cross boutique Great Northern Hotel will open its Anthracite martini lounge on 14th November.
Located on the hotel’s first floor with views of George Gilbert Scott’s iconic St Pancras clock tower, Anthracite is a 90-cover, three-roomed lounge developed by Archer Humphryes – the architects behind the mesmerising 2013 redesign of the Grade II listed Italianate Victorian hotel.
Taking inspiration from the colour and unusual properties of the coal from which it takes its name, the lounge will draw 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 intricate portraits by Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year 2017, Gareth Reid, will line the walls and provide depth to the space – a coveted addition to the hotel’s already extensive art collection.
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.
Anthracite’s food offering will build upon the sophisticated theme, with a selection of caviar including Mottra sustainable oscietra and Sturia vintage caviar. A range of charcuterie and cheese boards will feature luxury products such as Jamon Iberico Bellota and salamis from neighbouring Islington producer, Cobble Lane Cured. Further bites include Dorset crab and saffron arancini with basil mayonnaise; duck bon bons with Korean BBQ sauce; courgette fries, parmesan and truffle oil.
Owner-operator, Jeremy Robson said: “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.”