Preparations are underway for the opening of Anthracite, a new martini lounge situated within the Great Northern Hotel in King’s Cross.
Located on the first floor with spectacular views of George Gilbert Scott’s iconic St Pancras clock tower, Anthracite will offer a “new layer of glamour, seduction and depth” to the Great Northern Hotel.
The 90-cover, three-roomed lounge has been developed by celebrated architects Archer Humphryes, and takes inspiration from the colour and unusual properties of the coal from which the new martini bar 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 intricate portraits by Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year 2017 Gareth Reid will line the walls, a coveted addition to the hotel’s already extensive art collection.
To drink, martinis will take centre stage, with a carefully curated selection of vodkas, gins and vermouths for guests to create a bespoke martini, expertly mixed by head bartender Balazs Nagy and the team.
Alongside favourites 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 also be a variety of classic and unusual cocktails alongside a wide-ranging menu of G&Ts.
Anthracite’s food offering presents a sophisticated range of caviar including Mottra sustainable oscietra and Sturia vintage caviar, as well as charcuterie and cheese boards, with 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, and 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.”
Anthracite will officially open its doors on November 14.