Ivy the tiny toy poodle, myself (Lois) and Ivy’s little micro poodle friend, Tiny decided to have a girl’s brunch. We grabbed the overground from our house in Hertfordshire which takes us 20 minutes straight into Kings Cross station. We all wagged our bums out of the train door’s, on to the platform and out of the station excitedly. The Standard hotel is easy to find, once out of Kings Cross station you can see it across the street. We crossed via the zebra crossing and the entrance is on the side on Argyle Street. I was looking forward to seeing the hotel as my husband Tom worked on building this hotel for a year and half, so wanted to see his hard work.
The Standard has a wonderful feel when you enter. It feels like you are entering a swanky 70’s retro-feel hotel. Each piece of furniture is unusual and unique and there’s lots of plants everywhere. I actually did feel I was going back in time. The furniture and decor create a relaxed feel. You would be at home in trainers with a nice hoodie as a cute cocktail dress.
The staff are super friendly. They all wanted to meet the dogs and everyone didn’t stop smiling. The front of house posed for a picture cuddling Tiny and looked super happy with himself. Our waiter was an Italian guy with a massive smile who was very happy to be back to work after this lockdown period. He chatted away, fussed over the dogs and generally was happy to assist with any specific food requirements I had and told me about the specials of the day and his recommendations. He also made sure to bring a bowl of water over for the dogs.
The Double Standard Restaurant.
We ate on the ground floor of the hotel in the Double Standard Restaurant, i opted to eat in the outside area as there was a peak of rare sun that I wanted to enjoy and also there was a really appealing outside fire to keep me warm at the same time. (I mean where is SUMMER right now.) I felt relaxed and I popped the dogs on the outside sofas to have a little snooze.
The Inside Bar.
The Bar is really quite a feature. I felt like I had stepped back into the 1920’s in New York and it really made me want to order a “margarita on the rocks” It felt like it could feature in an old Hollywood movie. I would love to go back and take some friends for cocktails and sink into those leather bar stools.
The Library Lounge.
This is a really cool feature on the ground floor of the hotel lobby. You can chill out, grab one of the many books and just immerse yourself in the true retro feel of this hotel. I felt like this made this hotel more unique actually and thoroughly enjoyed this feature as a self-confessed book worm.
The Rooftop Bar.
I didn’t get to check out the roof terrace but I would have LOVED too. I’ve heard from my husband; it’s got amazing views of the London Skyline so I will be popping back at some point for a drink here, on a sunny day. Dogs are welcome on the rooftop bar also.
I always think toilets are worth a mention. I’m kinda fussy when it comes to toilets. I can hereby report, the toilets were clean and tidy, and I LOVED the pink theme so that’s why I’ve mentioned them!
I ordered the spicy southern fried chicken, cauliflower bites for nibbles and a superfood salad. Okay I think the salad was a tad bit healthy for me(but if you are on a health kick perfect for you!) and would have loved to bung some dressing on it! I thoroughly enjoyed my chicken bites and would order them again. There’re not loads of options on the menu and I would say this is more of a place to bring colleagues and or friends for lunch for a nice drink and nibbles, but not for a sit down three course meal. The menu has a causal millennial feel which added to the relaxed setting.
I loved the vibe from all the staff, the host’s, the managers, and the receptionists! They all made a real fuss of the dogs. There was no problem with the dogs sitting with us . The dogs had a great time and loved the attention. I always note how the dogs are treated at every venue i visit as really that’s what is truly important to me. For extra brownie points it would be great to have dog treats on site. But that’s me being a tad of a fussy dog mamma there!I recommend you go check it out guys. The poodle girls give it the paw of approval!
Find out more about the standard and book a table HERE
Tel +44 (0) 203 981 8888
Find them at 10 Argyle Street, London, WC1H 8EG