The phrase “members’ club” conjures up all sorts of assumptions – namely huge membership fees and snooty clientele. But what if I told you that this underground gem near King’s Cross was a members’ club, but wasn’t expensive or stuck-up? It may sound too good to be true, but I can assure you it’s for real.
Keystone Crescent is a subterranean members only lounge just off Caledonian Road – “a club for sociable people who like straightforward drinks until unsociable hours“. Members are emailed a new door code each month that grants then access to this plush and warmly lit little bolt hole, in all its cosy and stylish glory.
“Come on then, how much does membership cost?” I hear you cry!
If you get in quick, membership is free – yup, absolutely diddly squat! But there are a limited number of free memberships available, so head here to sign up sharpish – you’ll need to enter “HYHOI” when asked for the name of the member who has referred you.
Once a member, you can make a booking or just turn up (you can take up to 5 guests), heading underground to cosy up in a winged armchair by the fire with a drink. There’s a comprehensive wine list, served in fine stemless glassware and staggeringly good value at just £4 a glass. There are cocktails too – some Keystone specials plus all the classics, expertly crafted by a friendly, dapper barman.
The smartest thing you could do right now is head to the Keystone Crescent website and register for membership (remember to enter HYHOI when asked for the name of the member who has referred you), then head to King’s Cross and look for the grey door with the white neon crescent light. An exclusive, stylish and affordable little bar that, quite frankly, sounds too good to be true. But isn’t. Probably the most perfect date spot in London…
Grey Door, Keystone Crescent, King’s Cross, N1 9DT