The latest incarnation of 33 Caledonian Road is to be a cocktail bar B@1 Kings Cross (or beatone kings cross for the non-textual), part of a chain with other branches predominantly South of the river and West. Not sure when it will open but there's a Facebook page and a webpage. So far it will retain the hours of its predecessor the Ruby open to 0200 Thursday, Friday, Saturday nights – the other bars in the chain don't open past 0200. There have been some minor amends to the licence but i can't work out what yet.
Doubtless there's an appropriate platitude about regeneration or London's trendy Kings Cross or Kings Cross party capital, Hogarths Gin Lane etc. but i can't find it right now. The Ruby Lounge will be missed – I wasn't a regular, but when i went it had its good and bad nights but was usually distinctive, friendly and not too chain-ey . I have a distant memory from the 1990s that it used to be a trad. pub the Hop and Grapes. Or was it the Hoop and Grapes or The Grapes? Can someone help with a history of pubs on that site? Was it Roy Porter who said that in London land use 'stains the map'.