Hokus Pokus is inspired by Victorian quack doctor James Morison who in 1828 opened the "British College of Health" just a few doors from here. Doc Morison was quite an adventurer: born in 1770 Scotland, he studied in Aberdeen and Germany, established himself as a merchant on the Baltic in Riga, invested in the West Indies before moving to ordeaux in 1815. A few years later, he came to London claiming to have found a universal vegetable cure for all ailments based on botanical compounds he prepared in pill forms and swallowed with lemonade.
Today at Hokus Pokus we prefer our botanicals to be distilled, served with a large lump of ice or sipped at room temperature. While we make no claims of health benefits, we are confident that our tinctures and mixtures might do wonders to your mood, whatever the weather.
The British artist and designer Henry Chebaane has created an underground alchemy lab anchored by its Kings Cross heritage and location with an audacious blend of 19th century apothecary and retro-futuristic steampunk engine room, inspired by Victorian science, quack medicine, alchemy books and esoteric literature with infused floor to ceiling with warm copper, aged brass, mercury glass, white marble and vintage oak, punctuated by vibrant flashes of petrol blue and deep purple.
The entire ceiling ripples with electric dynamos, steam valves, copper pipes and circuits forming the backdrop to a complex stage lighting scenography with resident and guest artists weekly, playing an eclectic mixture of rare groove, soul, electronica and deep house music. Walls are covered with large cabinets of curiosities, filled with chemistry tools, vintage utensils, zany artwork pieces, quirky props, and odd creatures.