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The Driver  

 
 
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2-4 Wharfdale Road, King's Cross, London N1 9RY
 
 
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Weekdays: 4.30pm-12midnight; Sat: 6pm-12midnight; Sun: closed
 

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The DriverProving that King's Cross is far from the dive so many people claim, The Driver is a stylish, multi-purpose boutique venue, and certainly the area's only four-story building with vertical living wall covering its exterior. For those peculiar green credentials alone, The Driver has pole position over its neighbouring waterholes and eateries. The ground floor houses a relaxed drinking and dining area in the gastropub mould; upstairs a smarter restaurant space caters for fine diners during the week before the tables are cleared for a dancefloor on the weekend. The third floor is a kind of Philippe Starck love-in with its lounge of fancy chairs and accessories, while the third floor is a VIP area for "discerning guests". Above all this, an open air roof terrace looks and feels as if it's perched above the Mediterranean rather than the sprawling King's Cross metropolis. Brought to you by the people behind Pacha and the now defunct The Cross nightclub, The Driver is an excellent example of how to transform an otherwise uninspiring building into something with great allure and potential. The obvious concern is that the place is trying to spread its net too far - but you know what, it might just work.

 

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Underground Stations

Underground Stations

 
King's Cross Tube Station
 
5 minutes walk
 
Angel Tube Station
 
11 minutes walk
 
Railway Stations

Railway Stations

 
 
Camden Road Overground Station
 
20 minutes walk
 
 
Car Parks

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Judd Street NCP
 
10 minutes walk
 
Brunswick Square NCP
 
13 minutes walk
 
 
 
 

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DoubleTree by Hilton London - Islington
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel   from £70  28% off
60 Pentonville Road, N1 | 8 minutes from The Driver
The DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel London - Islington underwent a major refurbishment in 2014, transforming the rooms and suites into a stylish accommodation option. The newly ... More
 
 
 
Crowne Plaza Kings Cross
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel   from £53  40% off
1 Kings Cross Road, WC1X | 11 minutes from The Driver
Halfway between the City and the west End, the Bloomsbury area is an oasis of calm in the very heart of the capital. It's a lovely ... More
 
 
 
Hilton London Islington Hotel
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel   from £88  24% off
53 Upper Street, N1 | 13 minutes from The Driver
The Business Design Centre next door is the obvious attraction for many of the guests at this smart, efficient Hilton Hotel, but Islington's excellent restaurants and ... More
 
 
 
 
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T.E.D (Think.Eat.Drink) Restaurant
London > Restaurants >
47-51 Caledonian Road, King's Cross, London N1 | 2 minutes from The Driver
T.E.D (Think.Eat.Drink) restaurant puts the 'green' into gourmet with quality ingredients cooked in a way that makes the most of their nutritional benefits. So whether you ... More
 
 
 
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Flat Iron, King's Cross
London > Restaurants > American restaurants
47-51 Caledonian Road, N1 | 2 minutes from The Driver
Founded by self-taught butcher Charlie Carroll and originally conceived as a pop up back in 2012, Flat Iron has ... More
 
 
 
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Rotunda Bar and Restaurant
London > Restaurants > British restaurants
Kings Place, 90 York Way, King's Cross, London N1 | 2 minutes from The Driver
This canal side bar and restaurant is a pleasant place to stop off if you're wandering around the Kings Place development. Not exactly on the beaten ... More
 
 
 
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Arcade
London > Events > Concerts  Dates: Wednesday 23rd October 2019 - 8pm
The Driver, 90 York Way, N1 | 2 minutes from The Driver
Ireland's Heidi Talbot and Scotland's Adam Holmes combine their talents to perform contemporary folk originals....More
 
 
 
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Pom Poko
London > Events > Concerts  Dates: Wednesday 23rd October 2019 - 7.30pm
The Driver, 275 Pentonville Road, N1 | 4 minutes from The Driver
The quartet from Norway their own style of punky pop tunes....More
 
 
 
Ongoing
Marie Neurath: Picturing Science
London > Events > Exhibitions  Dates: 19th July to 3rd November 2019 - Various Times
The Driver, 2 Granary Square, N1C | 6 minutes from The Driver
Infographics and illustrated diagrams from the illustrated children's book series The Wonder World Of Nature and Wonders Of The Modern World....More
 
 
 
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Kings Place
London > Entertainment > Arts Centres
90 York Way, King's Cross, London N1 | 2 minutes from The Driver
Just 150 metres from King's Cross and St Pancras stations and with a waterside setting, the Dixon-Jones designed Kings Place combines the offices of The Guardian ... More
 
 
 
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Scala
London > Entertainment > Live Music
275 Pentonville Road, King's Cross, London N1 | 4 minutes from The Driver
Housed inside the old King's Cross Cinema, the Scala might be a bit tattered around the edges but this only adds to its battered charm. The ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Platform Theatre
London > Entertainment > Theatres
1 Handyside Street, King's Cross, London N1C | 4 minutes from The Driver
Part of the University of the Arts London's award-winning campus for Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design, Platform Theatre has four performance spaces and ... More
 
 
 
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London Canal Museum
London > Attractions > Museums
12-13 New Wharf Road, King's Cross, London N1 | 1 minute from The Driver
A trip to the Canal Museum reveals there's more to London's man-made waterways than just enjoying a day out in a narrow boat. You'll learn about ... More
 
 
 
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Guardian News & Media Gallery
London > Attractions > Art Galleries
90 York Way, King's Cross, London N1 | 3 minutes from The Driver
For an interesting take on print journalism and the machinations of the media world pay a visit to the gallery situated in the foyer of the ... More
 
 
 
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Granary Square
London > Attractions >
Good's Way, King's Cross, London N1C | 4 minutes from The Driver
The same size as Trafalgar Square, Granary Square is at the heart of King's Cross where the Eurostar departs and emerged as part of the ... More
 
 
 
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The best shops and markets near The Driver
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Drink Shop & Do
London > Shopping >
9 Caledonian Road, King's Cross, London N1 | 3 minutes from The Driver
Drink Shop & Do is a unique fusion of design shop and café bar, selling products from emerging designers alongside vintage furniture and home wares. Located ... More
 
 
 
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Lola's Cupcakes, King's Cross
London > Shopping > Delicatessens
Northern Ticket Hall, King's Cross St Pancras Station, Euston Road, King's Cross, London N1 | 4 minutes from The Driver
Sweet to taste, cute to look at and made with natural ingredients, Lola's Cupcakes can hold their own when it comes to the coveted title of ... More
 
 
 
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Canopy Market
London > Shopping > Markets
West Handyside Canopy, One Wharf Road, N1C | 4 minutes from The Driver
From March 2018, Canopy Market in King's Cross becomes a weekly affair. Previously a once-a-month occasion, the one-stop-shop for artisan produce will now take over West ... More
 
 
 
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London Flower School
London > Education > Professional Training
16-20 Wharfdale Road, N1 | Same location as The Driver
Whether a beginner, thinking of making it your career or an experienced florist, the London Flower School can help you to improve. ... More
 
 
 
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Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design
London > Education > Universities and Colleges
Granary Building, 1 Granary Square, Holborn, London N1C | 4 minutes from The Driver
One of the premier arts colleges in the world, St Martins accepts only a few talented students each year, and is very well regarded in the ... More
 
 
 
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Aga Khan Centre
London > Education > Adult Education
10 Handyside Street, N1C | 7 minutes from The Driver
A place of education, knowledge, cultural exchange and insight into Muslim civilisations, the Aga Khan Centre brings meeting rooms, an exhibition space and ... More
 
 
 
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Frame King's Cross
London > Leisure >
Arthouse, 1 York Way, N1C | 4 minutes from The Driver
With Frame founders Pip Black and Joan Murphy set out to create a fun approach to fitness. What started out as a Shoreditch ... More
 
 
 
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St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel Spa
London > Leisure > Health and Beauty
St Pancras Renaissance Hotel, Euston Road, King's Cross, London NW1 | 7 minutes from The Driver
The lavishly restored St Pancras Renaissance Hotel has attracted a lot of attention since opening in 2011 as part of the grand Eurostar relocation. The Hotel's ... More
 
 
 
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Pancras Square Leisure
London > Leisure >
5 Pancras Square, King's Cross, London N1C | 7 minutes from The Driver
Located in the heart of Kings Cross, Pancras Square Leisure centre offers a 25 metre swimming pool, smaller teaching pool, two exercise studios with over 25 ... More
 
 
 
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The Betjeman Arms
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
Unit 53, St. Pancras International, King's Cross, London NW1 | 7 minutes from The Driver
Gastropub... More
 
 
 
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The Harrison
London > Nightlife > Pubs
28 Harrison Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1H | 8 minutes from The Driver
Originally built in the 1880s by Samuel Harrison to refresh the workers in his shoe factory, The Harrison pub's current building dates back to 1934. Owned ... More
 
 
 
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The Crown
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
116 Cloudesley Road, Islington, London N1 | 9 minutes from The Driver
Modern British cuisine ... More
 
 
 
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VOC
London > Nightlife > Bars
2 Varnishers Yard, Regents Quarter, King's Cross, London N1 | 3 minutes from The Driver
VOC is a 17th Century-inspired Punch House from Fluid Movement, the people behind speakeasy bars The Whistling Shop and Purl. Taking its name from Vereenigde Oost-Indische ... More
 
 
 
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Scala
London > Nightlife > Nightclubs
275 Pentonville Road, King's Cross, London N1 | 4 minutes from The Driver
Housed inside the old King's Cross Cinema, the Scala might be a bit tattered around the edges but this only adds to its battered charm. The ... More
 
 
 
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The Big Chill House
London > Nightlife > Bars
257-259 Pentonville Road, Kings Cross, King's Cross, London N1 | 4 minutes from The Driver
From the outside, The Big Chill House building looks spectacular, a floodlit white townhouse that puts the grimy environs of King's Cross to shame. The interior ... More
 
 
 
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Where to have your meeting, conference, exhibition, private dining or training course near The Driver.
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Kings Place
London > Business > Venue Hire
90 York Way, King's Cross, London N1 | 2 minutes from The Driver
Just 150 metres from King's Cross and St Pancras stations, the Dixon-Jones designed Kings Place offers conference organisers two auditoriums, two art galleries and a wide ... More
 
 
 
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British Library Conference Centre
London > Business > Venue Hire
96 Euston Road, King's Cross, London NW1 | 8 minutes from The Driver
As the national library of the United Kingdom the British Library is renowned for its world class collection of books but its Conference Centre is something ... More
 
 
 
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Business Design Centre
London > Business > Venue Hire
52 Upper Street, Islington, London N1 | 11 minutes from The Driver
Exhibitors love this venue and it's easy to see why. The Business Design Centre in Islington is in a great location just one mile from The ... More
 
 
 
 

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Arcade
Concerts | On 23rd October 2019 

Kings Place 2 minutes walk from The Driver

Ireland's Heidi Talbot and Scotland's Adam Holmes combine their talents to perform contemporary folk originals....More

Pom Poko
Concerts | On 23rd October 2019 

Scala 4 minutes walk from The Driver

The quartet from Norway their own style of punky pop tunes....More

Dry Cleaning
Concerts | On 23rd October 2019 

The Lexington 7 minutes walk from The Driver

The four-piece from London performs its post-punk originals....More

Keywest
Concerts | On 23rd October 2019 

O2 Academy Islington 11 minutes walk from The Driver

Five-piece folk-rock outfit from Ireland....More

Shahmen
Concerts | On 23rd October 2019 

O2 Academy Islington 11 minutes walk from The Driver

The hip hop outfit performs their most recent album, California Is Cold....More

Two Last Nights! Show Business in Georgian Britain
Two Last Nights! Show Business in Georgian Britain
Exhibitions | Until 5th January 2020 

The Foundling Museum 11 minutes walk from The Driver

The Foundling Museum teaches Londoners everything they need to know about 18th and 19th century theatre with its new exhibition, ...More

 
London Horror Festival
London Horror Festival
Seasonal | Until 2nd November 2019 

The Old Red Lion Theatre 12 minutes walk from The Driver

The London Horror Festival returns to London this October extending to two venues and three theatre spaces as the Pleasance ...More

 
Why Should It Be More Desirable For Green Fire Balls To Exist Than Not'
Dance | Until 24th October 2019 

Sadler's Wells Theatre 12 minutes walk from The Driver

Georgia Vardarou's highly-physical solo piece, made in collaboration with visual artist David Berge....More

The Bartlett School Of Architecture International Lecture Series
Exhibitions | Until 4th December 2019 

The Bartlett School of Architecture 15 minutes walk from The Driver

Literary & Education, Discussion/Debate....More

Jo Spence and Oreet Ashery: Misbehaving Bodies
Jo Spence and Oreet Ashery: Misbehaving Bodies
Exhibitions | Until 26th January 2020 

Wellcome Collection 16 minutes walk from The Driver

Two artists who have lived with chronic illnesses explore how debilitating disease can shape the way we think about the ...More

 

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Royal Albert Hall

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