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

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Great Northern Hotel
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel   from £124  36% off
King's Cross St Pancras Station, N1C | 6 minutes from The Driver
Originally designed by Lewis Cubitt and opened on 17th May 1854, The Great Northern Hotel in King's Cross, one of the first examples of the great ... More
 
 
 
Tune Hotel Kings Cross, London
London > Hotels > Budget Chain Hotel   from £37  24% off
324 Gray's Inn Rd, WC1X | 6 minutes from The Driver
Whether you have missed the last train home, heading on a business trip to Europe or spending a night in the capital for business or pleasure, ... More
 
 
 
DoubleTree by Hilton London - Islington
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel   from £69  31% 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
 
 
 
 
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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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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 wondering around the Kings Place development. Not exactly on the beaten ... More
 
 
 
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Project Pizza
London > Restaurants > Italian restaurants
Kings Place, 90 York Way, N1 | 2 minutes from The Driver
The Green & Fortune Cafe, a cafe in the atrium of arts hub Kings Place which sources beef and lamb from its own Northumberland farm, is ... More
 
 
 
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The Railway Children
London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 16th December 2014 to 30th October 2016
King's Cross Railway Station, Euston Road, N1 | 4 minutes from The Driver
Mike Kenny's Olivier Award-winning adaptation of The Railway Children, staged at Waterloo three years ago, is now at King's Cross Theatre. E Nesbitt's classic tale is ...More
 
 
 
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Arthur Beatrice
London > Events > Concerts  Dates: Wednesday 25th May 2016 - 7.30pm-11pm
Scala, 275 Pentonville Road, King's Cross, N1 | 4 minutes from The Driver
The indie-pop quartet performs in support of its second album, Keeping The Peace....More
 
 
 
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Come Get Some
London > Events > Clubbing and Nightlife  Dates: Friday 27th May 2016 - 9pm-3am
The Big Chill House, 257-259 Pentonville Road, Kings Cross, N1 | 4 minutes from The Driver
Resident DJs spin a mix of current and classic R&B, hip hop, house and garage each and every Friday....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
 
 
 
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Platform Theatre
London > Entertainment > Theatres
University Of The Arts London, Granary Building, 1 Granary Square, 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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The best museums, galleries, attractions near The Driver
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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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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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Waitrose Kings Cross
London > Shopping > Supermarkets
1 Wharf Road, N1C | 4 minutes from The Driver
More than a mere supermarket, Waitrose in Kings Cross is a food shop, tapas bar and cookery school complete with an in-store wine bar. The store, ... 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
 
 
 
Global Education Institute
London > Education > Universities and Colleges
1 Euston Road, King's Cross, London NW1 | 5 minutes from The Driver
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Kings Cross Studios: Pilates and Gyrotonic
London > Leisure > Health and Beauty
154 Caledonian Road, Islington, London N1 | 2 minutes from The Driver
Kings Cross Studios specilises in tailored bodywork experiences utilising Pilates and the GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM. The studio is fully equipped with specialised Pilates and GYROTONIC EXPANSION ... 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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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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Marquis Cornwallis
London > Nightlife > Pubs
31 Marchmont Street, WC1N | 13 minutes from The Driver
Always a popular choice for local workers and tourists taking in the delights of Bloomsbury, Marquis Cornwallis , located on Marchmont Street, close ... 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, 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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London Canal Museum
London > Business > Venue Hire
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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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
 
 
 
Canal 125
London > Business > Venue Hire
125 Caledonian Road, Islington, King's Cross, London N1 | 2 minutes from The Driver
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Govinda Sah: Boundless Possibilities
Exhibitions | Until 25th June 2016 

October Gallery 11 minutes walk from The Driver

The artist exhibits mixed media works that use smoke, three dimensional objects on canvas and traditional oils. His work looks ...More

Superman Was A Foundling
Exhibitions | Until 1st July 2016 

The Foundling Museum 17 minutes walk from The Driver

Award-winning writer Lemn Sissay MBE presents a visual exploration of the character who has come to play an important role ...More

Slade Degree Shows 2016
Exhibitions | Until 19th June 2016 

University College London 18 minutes walk from The Driver

An exhibition of work by final year students at the Slade School Of Fine Art at University College London....More

Difference And Repetition
Exhibitions | Until 4th June 2016 

Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology 18 minutes walk from The Driver

Students from Central St Martins investigate the French Philosopher Gilles Deleuze's seminal work Difference And Repetition....More

Unseen City: Photos by Martin Parr
Unseen City: Photos by Martin Parr
Exhibitions | Until 31st July 2016 

Guildhall Art Gallery 18 minutes walk from The Driver

For two years acclaimed British photographer Martin Parr was the City of London's official photographer-in-residence. Between 2013 and 2015 ...More

 
Pine Feroda
Exhibitions | Until 28th May 2016 

Rebecca Hossack Gallery 18 minutes walk from The Driver

A collective of five UK printmakers present large-scale woodcuts they have created of the North Devon Coast....More

This Is A Voice
This Is A Voice
Exhibitions | Until 31st July 2016 

Wellcome Collection 20 minutes walk from The Driver

Exploring the human voice and the reasoning behind the sounds we make, This Is A Voice at the Wellcome Collection ...More

 
States of Mind: Tracing the Edges of Consciousness
States of Mind: Tracing the Edges of Consciousness
Exhibitions | Until 16th October 2016 

Wellcome Collection 20 minutes walk from The Driver

"Consciousness is a fascinating subject," says States of Mind curator Emily Sargent: "We all know what it is like to ...More

 
Tibet's Secret Temple
Exhibitions | Until 28th September 2016 

Wellcome Collection 20 minutes walk from The Driver

Over 120 objects including scroll paintings, statues, manuscripts, archival and contemporary film, together with a wide range of ethnographic and ...More

 
 
 
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