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 bottleshop is located moments from King's Cross, this fresh new venture is popular with the after-work crowd and includes outdoor seating, a secret basement bar 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. 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 bottleshop adds to the appeal so you can take home most of what you please.


  • Happily Affordable ££
  • Taking Bookings
  • None
  • 18


Day Open Close Notes
Monday 16:00 23:00 Closed
Tuesday 16:00 23:00
Wednesday 16:00 23:00
Thursday 16:00 0:00
Friday 16:00 1:00
Saturday 16:00 1:00
Sunday 15:00 23:00



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
Whole Venue Venue Hire 70 120 - 1500 3000

We happily accept full venue hires. All days of the week are considered. We aim to set achievable minimum spends whatever the occasion may be. Please enquire through our website.

Back Room Private Room 20 30 - 250 500

Perfect in the Summer with a secluded patio and in Winter a roaring wood burning stove - for groups of 20 or more. 

Basement bar Basement Space 20 40 - 300 600

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

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Customer Reviews (579)

Our Review

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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