This incredibly dark basement bar opposite King’s Cross station should come into its own when winter blusters in, however, making a stylish retreat from the seasonal gloom. Taking its inspiration from the movies, the small space is draped in red velvet curtains and there’s some cinema-style seating, while the soft candlelight gives the bar all the brightness of an actual film screening.

The grub A teeny selection of small plates matched to the short list of ‘heritage cocktails’. Changes regularly, but standouts on my visit included the rump carpaccio with black sesame and soy (£6) and dark chocolate-coated honeycomb (£3) – the latter being basically a gooier, more luxurious version of a Crunchie bar. Its sultry-sweet flavour is complemented by the Land Of Grace cocktail (£8.50), made with Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva rum, white port and clover honey.     

Behind the bar Ten of Megaro’s own cocktails (from £8.50) made with niche spirits and homemade cordials (sample ingredients: crysanthemum cordial, cardamom sweet tea, lovage salt). Plus Brooklyn lager, two whites and two reds.

Bill please Bottled lager £4.50; wine from £4.50/ £23 per glass/ bottle. 

Verdict Classy for King’s Cross, but not suited to a simple drinking sesh. 

23-27 Euston Road, NW1 2SD  
King’s Cross