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Drink, Shop and Do is a design shop and cafe bar on Caledonian Road. As well as serving a variety of cakes, sandwiches, speciality teas and cocktails they sell a range of products from emerging designers and vintage furniture.

Drink, Shop & Dance, found in the basement, is a quirky bar offering 30 speciality gins, cocktails and Champagne.

Ranked #159 of 5241 restaurants in London
"Discreetly tucked away in the saucy setting of a Victorian bathhouse, Drink, Shop & Do are all about the good times. By day: a mild-mannered King’s Cross spritz bar and café serving specialty teas, coffees and luscious bites. By night: a merry den of drinking and dancing, where guests can reconnect with their inner big kid. Keen to get crafty? DSD is the place for you. You’ll find an events schedule packed with everything from Lego Robots to Play With Clay, Lionel Rich Tea to Papier Mache Monsters. Most are free to take part; just rock up, buy a drink and get stuck in - all levels of crafting experience are welcome! Slip on your dancing shoes come Friday and Saturday where you’ll catch resident DJs playing old skool favourites, the classics you can’t help but dance to and the new releases you’re desperately trying to Shazam. It’s free to get in before 10pm, too. Dance ’til 2am, get some kip and then return for brunch; where you'll find DSD serving unlimited bagels, booze and board games all day. Hen do? They love you. Corporate meet? They're right up your street. After-work boozing? They're the ones to get you grooving."

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Opening Hours
Opening Hours
MON

07:30 - 00:00

TUE

07:30 - 00:00

WED

07:30 - 00:00

THU

07:30 - 00:00

FRI

07:30 - 02:00

SAT

10:30 - 02:00

SUN

10:30 - 18:00

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By Zoe S.

A total rip off!

I had seen so many good things written about DSD, but had attended other craft classes as they were nearer. So with two other friends we decided to go on the Tea towel and tote bag screen printing course. At £27.50 each (including a booking fee) it was not cheap. What a total waste of money. The teacher did not give any tuition until she showed us how to use her equipment. If you want to learn how to do screen printing give this course a big miss! The course started with us reading a piece of paper on how to cut out a pattern from another piece of paper. We were loaned a few templates and a copy of the tutors own book. Then she left us alone until she showed us how to use her equipment to print out our own designs a few people had not understood the written instructions so they had a few problems. She only had one colour of paint and did not show us how to make the screen printer. She provided £1 cheap bags or a cheap tea towel to print our designs on. Most people had let after 40 minutes. It is a real shame as looking at her work the tutor is clearly talented.

If it had not been for my friends I would have left after 15 minutes, as it was clear she did not want to actually offer any instruction at all!

The evening was saved by the friends that I went with, making the best of a very bad job, thank goodness

It is a real shame as I have spoken to a few friends today who have advised me that other courses there have been really great as the teachers have really wanted to teach you a skill you can use again and again.


By Janice P.

I had seen DSD advertised many times so when my colleagues wanted a Christmas party, I decided to go with them. On the night we were allowed to bring in some of our own personal decorations, which made things quite relaxed. We also decided to move tables from a dining to buffet configuration, which was done quickly and without any fuss. We felt totally taken care of and were thrilled to be given a private room with a Christmas tree AND a mirror ball (bonus!!). The food was beautifully presented and we had loads. The staff brought drinks in efficiently and with a smile. Everyone there absolutely loved it and asked how ever did I find it? They especially loved that it felt like a private party at someone's home. Thanks, DSD.


By Emily P.

I organised our company Christmas party at DSD, we booked a three course sit down meal to be followed by party games. The food was fantastic - the menu was interesting and I had great comments from colleagues when I sent it around for their choices. The food on the day did not disappoint - and the table set up and room was perfect for the occasion. The staff were extremely helpful with any changes to the attendees on the day and dietary requirements. The party games which followed the food went down really well, we had a christmas quiz followed by pass the parcel with forfeits and other similar games. The forfeits were just right for a work party - embarrassing enough to make it entertaining, but the right tone for work colleagues. All in all, everyone at the party was very impressed with the service and I would certainly use them again!


By Cher K.

I organised our team christnas party at DSD (decorating christmas jumpers!) and it went down a storm. The venue was a great location near good transport links, the staff were exceptionally friendly and upbeat all night, the venue is cosy and funky, the activity was well thought-out and organised properly meaning we had a lot of fun and good value for money. The buffet we ordered was great, festive and enough food and variety. They catered for our vegetarian guests with no problems. After the event we headed downstairs to the DJ and disco and danced all night. Plenty of drinks, dancing and fun all round. I'd recommend to anyone who fancies something a bit different, away from the standard team dinner.


By Nikos P.

I had my birthday party at Drink, Shop & Do on a Saturday night, as I'd been there before and it's a great place, with cool people and music. Most people reserve an area at the upstairs bar which is more spacious and quiet (talking is actually louder than music) but I opted for an area downstairs where music is loud and you can have a proper party. It doesn't get crowded before 10-11pm so you get the chance to welcome your guests and catch up before having the dancing started. Upon arrival my pre-ordered and prepaid -just for a marginal discount- drinks were waiting for us with a nice decoration and I got the chance to meet the friendly staff that served us all night. Our area was large enough to accomodate all of us and decently difined so we were comfortable till the end of the night. It's actually really hard to find something as convenient and nice to have a party in London.


By Carla C.

I was here last night for my 40th bday party, where we reserved an area at the back of the bar for around 35 people. Had a thoroughly fantastic time, from the cakes we ordered to the lovely and quirky cocktails. Everyone said what a great night and what a cool and unusual place. Downstairs on the dancefloor was a little packed for us all to go down to, but that was just evident on how popular it is. Will definitely be coming back!


By Vic D.

Last weekend we went to Drink, Shop and Do as part of my sister's hen weekend. We opted for embroidering knickers and afternoon tea. It was great! The staff were very helpful and welcoming and we all loved the vintage feel of the venue. Lovely china, beautiful decor, good food and wine and great music! My sister absolutely loved it so I would totally recommend it for a hen party activity or just an ordinary day! just one thing, Embroidering knickers in 3 hours whilst eating and drinking is tricky so I would recommend that you choose a simple design unless you can spend longer at the venue! My knickers are fab though!


By Morgan V.

We went to drink shop do for a hen party. We opted for a fascinator workshop followed by a cream tea. Right from the start the staff were professional friendly and informative. On the day itself the fascinator workshop was lots of fun and we all ended up with something pretty. The cream tea was home made and absolutely delicious. We had a gluten free hen and she said it's one of the best gluten free cream teas she's ever had as so few places can cater for her. The atmosphere was friendly and vintage. The whole experience was fantastic, I'd highly recommend this venue for activities and food whether you're going with a few friends or are with a large group.


By Shurron P.

12 of us went to Drink Shop Do for my sister-in-law's Hen-do, and we LOVED it! The whole booking and planning process was fantastic, Grace was brilliant. The event itself was so enjoyably, the activity (garter making) was well explained to us (by Ash) and really fun. It's a great thing to do on a hen-do. The music and venue make for a laid-back and quirky atmosphere. We can't wait to come back - thanks for a wonderful time!


By Shurron P.

I went to Drink Shop Do for my sister-in-law's Hen-Do over the Easter weekend - it was wonderful! I dealt with Grace when booking, who was excellent, flexible and really friendly. We did garter making, which was so much fun, and Ash really looked after us on the day. All 12 hen's loved the venue, experience, food and crafts! It's the perfect place for a hen-do, but it's also great for catching up with friends. The music and set-up creates a laid back, quirky atmosphere. We can't wait to come back! Thanks for a wonderful experience!


By Katie G.

We had a fantastic time at DSD for a Hen Party. The Fascinator “do” was so much fun and simple enough to follow. The Afternoon Tea with a Twist was lovely with plenty of food for everyone. The staff were very helpful and patient with a large group! Highly recommended!


By Amy W.

I have just come back from afternoon tea at Drink, Shop Do, this place is a complete riff-off, we thought it was £24 for two people for afternoon tea but it is £24 each!! That is £24 each and this is what you get each: very average 5 finger sandwiches, one very tasteless sweet scone and one very strong cheese tasting savory scone, a pot of tea, and 2 crusty miniature cakes each. They then add £6 service charge on top which was not worth it, no one came to check if everything was ok (only did they check if it was ok after we had paid, a bit late then!) and we had to approach the waitress every time. Do not go here, I am only writing this review to make sure you save your money, probably the worst afternoon tea I have had in London!


By Rachel C.

Drink, Shop & Do is a great way to spend an afternoon at the weekend. I booked a table for a hen party in February 2013. The staff were really helpful in the booking process and on the day - really friendly and helpful. The afternoon tea was delicious - lovely sandwiches with not-too-boring-and-traditional fillings; tasty scones, particularly the cheesy one; gooey soft cakes - the mini lemon sponge was especially good. Delicious cocktails too - both the violet and the lychee bellinis are recommended. We made fascinators with a very nice tutor, who has the patience of a saint. I would definitely recommend it.


By Holly A.

I love this place! My friend and I held our birthday party here last week and had a great time. The staff were super friendly, making sure the area we reserved was clear and even (nicely) asking other people to move so we the big room at the back to ourselves. It was pretty cheap to reserve the room and you get the money back on drinks - bargain! Upstairs is perfect for drinks and chatting (and eating sweets from the sweet shop!). Downstairs is really run for dancing. It was a 90s night when we were there so there was lots of silly fun music. My only complaint was that the place closed at 2...too much fun to leave that early!


By Anastasia H.

I organised a night out for my birthday at Drink, Shop, Dance and overall found the experience really good! The drinks especially are worth mentioning because they were very good! Two annoyances on the night; the bar staff downstairs were very slow, and one was very rude, to the point where many of my friends would rather go upstairs to be served. Also, if you reserve an area (not a table, as the venue doesn't really offer tables/chairs) than you have to arrive by 8 - which is very early. But overall a fantastic night, with your standard cheesy music getting people up and dancing. The highlight was the drinks menu, the array of gin on offer and the end product! Would recommend!


By Georgina C.

I recently organised my sister’s hen do and I came across this workshop / activity at Drink Shop Do! We had an afternoon activity of quilt making and then an afternoon tea with champagne and lovely homemade sandwiches and fresh cakes. I thought the whole experience was so much fun and all the other hens had a fantastic time. It is located in a fantastic old vintage tea rooms and the place is really buzzing and full of atmosphere. The prices were really reasonable and they have a delicious cocktail menu to choose from. I really recommend a visit to this shop, whether it’s for an activity, cream tea or just a catch up with some friends – awesome place!


By Ella K.

We had the launch party for our new company downstairs at Drink Shop Dance and had a fantastic time! Grace made the booking process really easy and both she and the staff on the night were lovely and very accommodating. The space had been set up beautifully and had a fantastic vibe - almost all our guests said how much they loved the venue. Drink Shop Do was already one of my favourite spots in London for tea and cocktails, and I would definitely recommend it for a bigger event too now!


By Sophie B.

I organised a friends hen do at Drink, Shop, Do and was thoroughly impressed with the vintage venue! Its a shop at the front then upstairs there is a retro tea shop complete with mismatch vintage crockery and tables and chairs. There was 20 of us in total and they'd decorated the tables for us, it looked beautiful and the bride to be was very pleased! Everyone said how great the venue was and lots of the girls said they'd be returning. We had afternoon tea with a twist and the champagne was served in lovely glasses with a strawberry on the side. The cakes were scrummy and there was certainly enough to go round. We also did the 20's vintage headbands which was led by a lovely lady and everyone involved had a super time. I would definitely recommend Drink, Shop, Do-you won't be disappointed!


By Gemma H.

I organised my birthday night out at Drink Shop Dance which is the bar below Drink Shop Do, and I can honestly say it was one of the best nights out we have had in ages! The venue (both floors) is fantastic, perfectly kitsch and unique, with a fantastic cocktail menu, great atmosphere and an amazing playlist! The booking process was very straightforward and Grace was very friendly and accommodating, as were the staff on the night. There is a really fun vibe about this place and it offers a different experience from your average night out in a typical London bar. I am a bit reluctant to write this review as we feel like we've stumbled across a secret little haven, but it's too good not to share!


By I B.

Best kept secret in London. Outrageously kitsch and retro and executed beautifully with a healthy sprinkling of class. The table settings are stunning, the staff go out of their way to assist, and all reasonably priced. I would recommend this venue for breakfast, lunch, dinner or late nights, for corporate, friends or family. There is something here for everyone. Perfect for parties! And they have the best events calendar I've ever seen...:)


By Kelly H.

Drink, Shop & Do is so kitsch it hurts. One of London’s best-kept secrets is now out. Head here before everyone catches on.

The Venue
Located around the corner from Kings Cross tube station, it’s easy to see why this achingly cool bar is rarely overly busy. Hidden off the main stretch on Caledonian Road, the venue looks more like a shop than a bar. Probably because it is. Through the main doors is a cute little shop filled with classic sweets, old school board games, clocks, mirrors, cups – everything a little independent knick knack shop should contain. Wander through the small shop floor however and you’ll find the bar. A gorgeously quaint area filled with mismatched retro furniture, random artwork strewn across the walls, big old-fashioned granny lamps, little coffee tables, comfortable sinking sofas and all manner of ornaments. Look carefully and you’ll also spy little price tags - everything here is for sale. Be careful not to get drunk and buy it all. A small bar sits in the middle of the room with a few bottles of spirits, cakes, a vat of stew or soup, beers and wine. It’s a dream living room.

A third area to the back is decked out in the same style as the rest and is the ‘do’ area – this is where the activities take place. Truly a Tardis. Oh, and one word of warning: when you head to the unisex toilets downstairs don’t accidentally stray into the basement sex shop. No, this isn’t part of their shopping experience. It’s their neighbour, Soho Sex Books. They give you ample warning via a number of clear signs. No excuses if you’re found wandering in here ‘by mistake’!

The Atmosphere
This is a place where big kids come to relive their childhoods and we’re talking BIG kids – kids now in their twenties and thirties. Board games are in demand and the random activities are enjoyed by all, from dot to dot disco and card making (complete with a lot of glue and glitter!) to poetry nights. This is a place to stop the pretence of being a grown up and loudly scream in frustration as you’re beaten at another game of Guess Who? The staff are trendy and extremely friendly and there are always enough of them to keep everything running smoothly. Given it looks more like a shop than a bar, it’s never so busy that you’re squashed into place and yet there’s always a bubbling atmosphere that busier bars fail to emulate. Watch this space though, the word is sure to spread.

The Food
The food at Drink, Do & Shop is easy and cheap. The stew or soup of the day is usually vegetarian. It comes in big bowls, is always hearty and it's served with two chunks of bread and a big slab of butter for just £5-£6.50. Otherwise, regularly changing pies and quiches are popular. Still, when living out your childhood fantasies you may as well forget dinner and jump straight in with slices of delicious cake (think treacle sponge, carrot cake and cheesecake covered in cream with extra gooey sauce) and old school sweets. Go on, mummy and daddy aren’t watching.

The Drink
There isn't the longest drink list in London at Drink, Do & Shop but it satisfies the punters too busy giggling in the corner to get too liqueured up. A handful of cocktails are colourful and easy to drink (and include Snowballs!) and cost just £7. The beers come in bottles and are priced at the £3-£4 mark and wine is similarly priced with a few bottles also available by the glass. Seasonal drinks are big here, with winter warmers like mulled wine and hot cider particularly popular and they cost just £3 a glass.

The Last Word
This is what you imagined being an adult was like when you were a kid. You control the money so you can glue your fingers together whilst making glittery cards, play board games until after bedtime and spend all of your money on sweeties, before following up with five pieces of creamy cake and a colourful, sweet cocktail. Awesome.

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