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The Water Rats

#61 of 1,268 Nightlife in London
Certificate of Excellence
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Address: 328 Gray's Inn Road | Kings Cross, London WC1X 8BZ, England
Phone Number:
+44 20 7833 3312
08:00 - 01:00
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Sun - Thu 08:00 - 00:00
Fri - Sat 08:00 - 01:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

The music club that hosted Bob Dylan in 1963. Live Venue, Gastro Pub,...

The music club that hosted Bob Dylan in 1963. Live Venue, Gastro Pub, Breakfasts, Real Ales, Comedy Club, Live Bands, Cocktail Bar - Open 8.30am till Midnight 7 days a week - available for private hire and special events

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Nice atmosphere

Their menu was very limited - but we were there on a holiday and they were the only place open. So it may have been they were on limited resources/staff. Take that with a... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
David E
Los Angeles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Just right, good food and a pleasant atmosphere. Prices were good. Red tractor assured butter as well

Thank Robert G
Los Angeles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Their menu was very limited - but we were there on a holiday and they were the only place open. So it may have been they were on limited resources/staff. Take that with a grain of salt. BUT it did have this very welcoming "neighborhood bar" vibe along with some friendly staff and board games!

Thank David E
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great location, very helpful staff and nice decor was staying in The Tune almost next door and was surprised to find this brilliant pub on my doorstep had heard of this place through gig reviews but never thought I would stumble upon it will deffo be back

Thank kennytaylor
Tralee, Ireland
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I was staying closely and didn't know where to go for food. This was within walking distance of my hotel and looked good. There was a good buzz in this place and the staff were friendly. But the good was a bit overpriced for what I got eventhough it was tasty. I only wanted sthg small so ordered the Prawn... More 

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Enjoyed delicious cooked breakfast and warm hospitality . Reasonable prices and extensive breakfast menu . Not too busy and got served straight away . Highly recommended .

Thank Jo H
Kingswood, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Congratulations to Sally, Tony and their team for doing such a beautiful job revamping the Water Rats- had an amazing Friday night with great food ( pork belly on the specials board was superb) . Great choice of beer, cocktails and champagne- so something for everyone.venue is in two parts- great stage and gig room2with bar and quieter room to... More 

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Manchester, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I traveled to London to go to Janet Devlin concerts. Took me a couple of days to discover The Water Rats around the corner from my hotel. The available English fare made my trip even more enjoyable. Full English Breakfast, Bangers & Mash, Sunday English Roast were all delicious favorites that I want to enjoy again. When Amy asked if... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Fairly local to Kings Cross station, the Water Rats is OK for a quick drink. The barman wasnt sure if they had London Pride on draught, even though it was clearly advertised. Had to point out to him were the pump was, albeit in a different part of the bar,. Not very busy, and a bit quiet, but OK for... More 

Fleet, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017

I was staying in the hotel next door and came in here for a few drinks on a Friday and Saturday night. The staff are very friendly and the drinks are reasonably priced for London. Great atmosphere too.

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North Wales, UK
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017

We stayed in Tune Hotel (grwta value there by the way) and a learlet recommended the water rats and offered 10% discount. Before we even realised where it was though, a few doors down, we were passing it and were chatting to a member of staff who happened to be outside tidying up. They mentioned a live gig on that... More 

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GrayRat S, Guest Relations Manager at The Water Rats, responded to this review

Sounds like you had a good time whilst you were visiting The Water Rats Thank you so much for writing a very detailed review that will help inform others of what we are like and what is on offer here........... as you state we are open, morning, noon and night and it is a great place to visit after or... More 

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