The Big Chill House

257-259 Pentonville Road, Islington, London, N1 9NL
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257-259 Pentonville Road, Islington, London, N1 9NL

020 7427 2540


Nearest Station
King's Cross St. Pancras (0.26 miles)



Opening Summary

Monday - Thursday 8am 'til Midnight
Friday 8am ‘til 2am
Saturday 11am 'til 2am
Sunday 11am 'til Midnight

Venue Facilities

Smoking Area

Food Served

Disabled Facilities

Children Welcome

Credit Cards Accepted

Music Played

Live Music Played

Outdoor Area

A taste of Shoreditch… in Kings Cross!

The Big Chill House is a large Victorian Pub in the heart of London's King's Cross. Its recent restyling has left the locals and travellers gawping through its huge windows, in complete surprise! The team behind the Big Chill brand have set to work and created a super cool space for everyone to enjoy and one where you can celebrate The Big Chill festival spirit, all year round!

Enjoy some breakfast with friends (or over business) in the expansive arts café on the ground floor, a pub lunch in the upstairs study room, a cocktail on the terrace, or why not tumble down at the weekend for a thumping night of Big Chill music.

The drinks range is broad and all the best brands are listed. Both breakfast and lunch menus use all the finest ingredients and there are always offers and discounts to grab off the website and Facebook.

The music policy is diverse, representing all aspects you'd associate with the Big Chill festival wrapped up in a forward-thinking style you'd expect from one of London's leading music venues. Each week sees a selection of block-rocking DJs hand-picked, by our programming team, for their ability to deliver nothing but good vibes on the dance floor.

Big Chill House has pretty much everything you could want... freshly roasted morning coffee, free wifi in the cafe area, cool drinks on the sunny terrace or a late night boogie on the dance floor!

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All In London Review

A little bit of everything - restaurant, club and breakfast bar!

The Big Chill House, kin to the Big Chill Bar and the Big Chill Festival and all about the vibe apparently, but maybe that’s just over friendly toilet talk hearsay. Located on Pentonville Road in Kings Cross, what it actually says is all urban - quite a distance from the sunrise on lakes and the midnight trip-hop of its parent festival. But, it celebrates its position and although the view from the windows is a little bleak there’s enough going on inside the spacious interior to dream up your own little sunrise scenario and if you hide in a toilet at closing then you could even get the real thing on the top floor roof terrace come morning.

It’s a little bit of everything- restaurant, club, breakfast bar even and with a reinvented drawing room on the second floor there’s some panache to it all. Food focuses on a burger menu that mixes the beef into various incarnations, the Mexican with jalapenos and avocado a highlight, as well as bar snacks that shun the stale cheese sandwich approach for some reason and head toward fried baby squid and courgette fries. Sensible. The wine is reasonable but the selection of draught beer is average with Budvar the most exciting.

Music comes from DJs and the occasional live set and takes in anything you can dance to from Afro-beat to hip-hop and whereas during lunchtimes you’ll find plenty of space the evening ramps up and packs out most nights so get in early or face bar mass and an irritating way to start out. Thumbs up.

Reviewed by T.A.O
Published on Jul 19, 2011

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Bars and Pubs with great outdoor areas picture

Bars and Pubs with great outdoor areas

Is there a better way to spend an afternoon in London than sat outside a pub on uncomfortable furniture whilst getting sun burnt?

Enjoy a drink on London's best rooftops picture

Enjoy a drink on London's best rooftops

Drinkies, a great view... what else you could possibly need?

The thing with the Big Chill venues is that they’re both a world away from the eponymous festival. However, despite the rowdy nature of the club nights at this Kings Cross emporium of fun, there’s always the rooftop escape. The terrace gets BUSY in summer but what’s a little shoulder rubbing between friends?

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Falling somewhere between bar and club, The Big Chill House makes our list of favourite late night bars because it can offer you the best of both. Find a quiet corner and talk in hushed tones, or alternatively find a space and dance your heart out. We do both and so should you. Located in Kings Cross I has the benefit of yet more clubs nearby should you choose to turn your night into the next morning.

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