New bar spy - The Bull & Gate

Henry VIII meets Blur at swanky gastro in Kentish Town

The Bull & Gate

Last updated . By Declan Ward.


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What they say:

Steeped in history dating back to as early as king Henry VIII and formerly named after his triumph at the Sieges of Boulogne, the Bull & Gate remains fit for a king (and queen) with its tall, intricate ceilings and walls adorned handsomely in regal relics and momentous memorabilia. Its charming blue 'Boulogne Bar' neatly sprinkled with cosy armchairs and candelabra-clad tables offers one stylish environment for mates to rendez-vous and revel in a long overdue chat over traditional craft beers and vintage cocktails.

What we say:

Aside from its Tudor heritage, the Bull & Gate boasts a more unassuming fact – its musical legacy. When it comes to indie music this snazzy gastro-pub could be considered an artist’s four-leaf clover being a previous host venue to a pre-famous Blur and Coldplay, and here continuing to showcase live music events and jazz nights. If however you fancy yourself as more of a classical lover, choose the night right and the sweet sounds of soulful piano will soothe your ears as you sample the best of the Bull and Gate’s quirky drinks list. If peckish, head to the Mad Hatter-esque Dining Room, which by the way would make for a wacky but wonderful dating spot.