The Racketeer


In Victorian times, gentlefolk often fell prey to pickpockets whose accomplices would distract victims by causing a racket in the street – hence the name for the latest reboot of this 1840s boozer (formerly The Carpenters Arms). Original wine-gum tone wall tiles and the well-worn Victorian gothic bar (lit by globe pendants) produce an agreeably down-at-heel Dickensian vibe. The Racketeer is now more cocktail bar than pub.

This neighbourhood cocktail bar and bottle shop is located moments from King's Cross, this fresh new venture is popular with the after-work crowd and includes outdoor seating as well as a secret garden at the rear.

This is somewhere to dip, not too deeply, into your own pocket for well-executed cocktails, Boulevardier, Matador, and Army & Navy (a Beefeater gin and almond syrup Sour). Sample too the dark warmth of Black Spice, a peppery pick-me-up of Rittenhouse 100 rye whiskey and dry sherry. Charcuterie and cheese platters help alleviate hunger pangs; accompany them with draught craft ales from Neckstamper and Purity breweries, or the quirky yet accessible wine list. An on-site bottle shop adds to the appeal so you can take home most of what you please as does the weeny walled garden at the rear.

LCW 2020


Offer Availability
Valentines 20% off any sparkling wine
Pre book a table with us on Valentine's and we will apply a 20% discount to any sparkling wine you order by glass or bottle
Wednesday 16:00 – 01:00


  • Happily Affordable ££
  • Now Open
  • None
  • 18


Day Open Close Notes
Monday 15:00 22:00
Tuesday 15:00 22:00
Wednesday 15:00 22:00
Thursday 15:00 22:00
Friday 13:00 22:00
Saturday 13:00 22:00
Sunday 13:00 22:00



The Racketeer, 105, King's Cross Road, WC1X 9LR


Kings Cross

Nearest Station

King's Cross St. Pancras (Tube)


  • Cuisines

    This venue serves European and Bar Snacks food.

Private Hire

Name Type Capacity
Cost Min spend
Min spend
Back Room 20 30 - 500 500
Whole Venue 70 120 - 1500 3000

* The minimum spends are a guideline only and vary according to the day and time of the year.

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The Racketeer Kings Cross - London Bar Reviews

The Racketeer Kings Cross - London Bar Reviews

It’s that time of year when leaves on the track might leave you stranded in London after work with a few hours to kill, and conveniently around the corner from Kings Cross station you will find the perfect place to spend an evening, with some of the most lucious libations to warm your cockles this…

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