Wednesday 2 April 2014

The Phoenix, Denmark Hill Station, south London

Occupying the elegant heart of Denmark Hill's fine Victorian station, the Phoenix oozes charm and character. In the main room, the double ceiling height and large arched windows in the bare brick walls create a light, airy space. A massive station clock hangs from the rafters, overlooking a jumble of leather armchairs and wooden benches and tables. A spiral staircase winds its way up to a mezzanine level overlooking the main bar. Outside, there are benches well placed to catch the early evening sun. On tap is a broad selection of ales, lagers, pilsners and ciders, including London Pride, Doom Bar, Sambrooks Junction, Peroni and Addlestones cider.  Popular with staff from nearby King's College Hospital, the Phoenix's seductive appeal must have seen many a train home missed. 8/10