Happy birthday to you, at Drink, Shop and Do! – King’s Cross, London
Life as a grown-up can be a little overwhelming at times and sometimes you need to reconnect with your youth. That’s exactly what I found myself doing at the recent 5th birthday party for Drink,Shop and Do. In case you haven’t heard of it, DSD (as I shall forthwith refer to it), is in King’s Cross, a stones throw from the station. By day it is a café before transforming in the evening to a bar. Excited? Probably not so much but this place is a little different to your everyday café/bar. For a start they offer a variety of classes that you can sign up for to enjoy while you have some afternoon tea or a drink or two. There’s everything from learning how to move your bootay like Beyoncé to making jewellery.
On the night that I was invited the shop was closed for the birthday event. We started off being greeted with a teaser cocktail before being escorted to the huge backroom where there were a myriad of tables and a bar. Taking a seat I introduced myself to my fellow guests before I was brought a full size cocktail. It had rum in it, I forget what it was called but it was bloody delicious (and strong!) . We were brought out a selection of afternoon tea nibbles to line our stomachs. Nice but I probably should have eaten more. As we got to know the others on our table it turns out I knew Jamina already, having attended a few other events together. We reminisced about stuff in between trying to catch G and T bubbles, yes that’s right, G and T bubbles. They were being pumped through the air as we sat and there was great laughter to be had while we tried to catch them on our tongues. Was there really any alcohol in them? Probably not but still they were fun.
By now we were all having a great time so it was on to our first activity – Lego Robot Wars. Everyone has a box of lego in front of them, builds a bot, names it and the judge decides who’s is best. Mine was a pretty abysmal effort called Nicki Minaj bot, it had a big butt, you can see where this is going, she was gonna twerk you to do death. Remember, I had had a couple of cocktails. Another group on my table got 2nd place, I think I should have joined forces but still, I got a certificate for my efforts lol.
Time to rack this party up another notch. It was time for musical bingo! This may not sound like your cup of tea but trust me, it was hilarious, with all of us doing our best to look cool as we busted some moves along to the soundtracks of the 90’s and marked off our bingo cards. Our compere was great, having worked the cruise ships for many a year, she knew how to keep some exuberant press-types under control whilst maintaining a sense of fun. As the game finally came to an end it was conga time down to the basement for the late night shimmying and cocktail shaking part of the evening. This was my cue to make a right for the door to catch my train. I heard the next day that it had been fun, with lots of dancing to the DJ’s tunes and more cocktails including the Wild Spritz cocktail. Our hosts certainly knew how to entertain us.
The building is an amazing space with whitewashed walls, high ceilings and skylights. Everything is for sale here too from the crockery, furniture and art on the walls. The events that we experienced are only a few of the classes that can be had. Some are free to attend and some have an entrance fee. There are some other ones I wouldn’t mind having a go at – fancy a bit of unicorn making or playing with clay? I feel like I reconnected a little with my younger self as I imbibed a few things I wouldn’t have as a kid. I reckon this place is pretty cool and lots of fun so HAPPY BIRTHDAY Drink, Shop, Do and thanks for being such enthusiastic hosts!