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The Water Rats

#55 of 1,270 Nightlife in London
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Address: 328 Gray's Inn Road | Kings Cross, London WC1X 8BZ, England
Phone Number:
+44 20 7833 3312
08:00 - 00:00
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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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Fun place with solid grub near Kings X

I stayed at the Point A Hotel next door so wandered over here for dinner and a pint or two. This is mainly a locals pub with friendly locals so its easy to strike up a... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Lexington, Kentucky
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Lexington, Kentucky
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I stayed at the Point A Hotel next door so wandered over here for dinner and a pint or two. This is mainly a locals pub with friendly locals so its easy to strike up a conversation and enjoy one of the daily pints that they run on special. I had to do the tourist thing and order the Fish... More 

Thank Wildcat1897
London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was there with some friends and colleagues to watch our friend who was performing live. We enjoyed a pleasant evening with good food and priced accordingly. We payed £ 6 for the entrance into the room with live music, but otherwise okay. Good atmosphere!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Had a wonderful full English Breakfast in this great place last week, enjoying the morning sun through the windows and perfect music choice on in the background. Could not speak too highly of the service and ambience and, of course, the food.

Thank RedMax51
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2017 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2017

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 8 February 2017

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 February 2017 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 

Thank OG1215
Nottingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2017 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 28 January 2017

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 

Thank Lynda C
Manchester, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 January 2017

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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