The Driver

2 Wharfdale Road, Islington, London

The Driver
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9/10 from 1 user review

The Driver tries hard to be polished in King’s Cross

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Address:2 Wharfdale Road
Islington
London
N1 9RY
Map:Map & nearby
Venue Type:Public Houses & Inns
Region:Islington
Nearest Station:King's Cross St. Pancras
Telephone:
Opening Hours:

Monday-Thursday 12:00 - 12:00
Friday 12:00 - 03:00
Saturday 18:00 - 04:00
Email:Send an email

Facilities & Info:
  • Smoking area
  • Party bookings accepted
  • Private hire available
  • Disabled access/facilities
  • Children welcome
  • Credit cards accepted
  • Background music
  • Live music
  • Outdoor space
About: The Driver is a boutique venue, where modern elegance and timeless style are enhanced by a personalised approach and impeccable service. Balancing traditional hospitality and urban adventure, it offers downtime, relaxation, fun and entertainment in a stimulatingly pleasure driven enviroment

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"The Driver tries hard to be polished in King’s Cross"

Review Rating: 6 / 10
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The expansion of the Eurostar, construction work surrounding the tube station and the addition of the Regent Quarter complex are threatening to turn the once seedy King’s Cross area into a sanitised borough peppered with Starbucks coffee shops.

The people behind the now defunct Canvas, The Cross, and The Key are responsible for The Driver. Despite this affiliation there is little in common between the aforementioned nightclubs and this ambitious bar.

I was unaware of the existence of The Driver until I was recently invited there for a birthday party, the hosts of which had hired out the third floor room. The venue seems ideally suited for these kinds of shenanigans, with four medium-sized floors each containing a bar and DJ booth.

The positioning of a bouncer on the stairwell of each level asking us which party we’re attending seems to confirm this. Commercial dance tunes pump out of each room, but the main draw is the roof terrace, with comfy cushioned seating and bean bags that the punters keep threatening to steal, only to chicken out. The skyline reveals the Gherkin and the London Eye, visible in the distance.

The Driver hosts numerous events, such as I Am Soulful House and This and That, a showcase for up-and-coming talent. They boast a late licence, at times staying open till 5am for special events, however by 1am I see people starting to drunkenly make their way to the exit.

A ‘gastro-kitchen’ on the ground floor and restaurant one level up serving contemporary British food complete this multifunctional venue. One can’t help but feel that The Driver is trying a little too hard to be polished in an area that has historically been rough round the edges and full of character.


Leila reviewed The Driver on Sun 30 May 2010


The Latest User Reviews of The Driver


User Rating: 9 / 10
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cool venue amazing front - the pictures on this site have not been updated as it has this amazing garden growing on the walls !!! i had dinner on the ground floor - then had some drinks in one of the cool bars upstairs i think there are 3 - also there was a roof terrace to smoke on at the top which had bean bags and sofa. Was a real restaurant bar not really a pub :)

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