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The King’s Head & Courtyard

 

It may have just been prime time for football, but this converted public house doesn’t screen many matches. Gone are the days of the old taps for drawing pints in this boozer. The King’s Cocktail Bar & Courtyard is all about premium cocktails, bottomless brunch and themed parties now…

King's Head & CourtyardFour friends brought their collective knowledge together in order to reopen the former football pub. The idea was to create a space that brought customers back to their childhood. They took inspiration from their favourite films and TV shows, thus creating Stranger Things-themed toilets, deconstructing and reconstructing a live tree within the bar, and hanging doors from the ceiling.

King's Head & CourtyardWe sat down with Greg over his Brockmans cocktail. Originally from Scotland, Greg grew up in Spain where he first became interested in cocktail culture. “It’s very different in Spain—the hospitality and drinking experience.” He left for London where he began working in brasseries and cocktail bars, the likes of which included The Hide, Village East and Blues Kitchen. He very soon realised that the late-night crowd wasn’t so much his style, in that the love for the drink gets lost. Eventually, he was led to start his own thing.

That’s when we head into the garden which seats 250 people. A second bar is out there with an outdoor kitchen, cooking up a Mexican brunch to pair with the bottomless Prosecco. This bar really doesn’t feel like London anymore. But that’s the point isn’t it? And because of its quirks, it’s quickly become a destination bar. People from all over London and beyond come for the community feel and monthly parties the King’s Head hosts. It’s no wonder they have won 8 Time Out awards since opening last year…

Greg follows a philosophy of ‘enlightened hospitality.’ “Focus on the front of house staff 51% of the time. Attitude you can’t really change, but you can train anyone with the right attitude up.” With that we continue sipping on our Brockmans cocktail, enjoying the simplicity of the complexity of the tangy flavours.

King's Head & CourtyardDescribe your bar in a few words.

Quirky, creative, a lot of fun.

What’s the best thing you’ve overheard at your bar?

In our back garden there are lights streaming across the space. One time we overheard a guy saying, “Do you think I’d look like Tarzan if I swung from the lights?”

Why is gin so popular?

You can use gin all-year-round. There are so many different flavours and the category is much more broad than what people give it credit for. You can be so creative and have so much freedom in regards to gin.

What about Brockmans appeals to you?

It’s smooth and has such strong characteristics, you can always pinpoint the exact botanicals used.

If you could have one last drink before you died, what would you choose?

A shot of rye whiskey