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COAL DROPS YARD

Coal Drops Yard, Stable Street, London, UK
King's Cross

CDY isn’t just about the bars and restaurants; the bulk of the units in the former Victorian coal store development are shops, including the likes of S120, American Vintage, Cubitts, Superga, Rains and Universal Works. Bonds also has an outpost there complete with a Earl of East candle-pouring room and Tom Dixon calls the area home with a huge HQ functioning as a studio and a shop. Prepare to want everything.

DISHOOM KING'S CROSS

5 Stable Street, London N1C 4AB, UK
King's Cross King's Cross

Dishoom sure knows how to do it. All their sites have regular huge queues out the door and it’s not hard to see why. They do Indian food like no other and their bacon and egg naan rolls for breakfast are the stuff of legend. This branch, housed in a old transit shed with nice decorative touches that nod to the railway as well as a basement cocktail bar, also looks amazing too. Absolute joy every time.

THE DROP

Unit 22-24 Bagley Walk Arches Coal Drops Yard London, N1C 4DH
King's Cross King's Cross St Pancras

The Drop is a cute little wine bar with organic and low intervention wines and a pretty banging menu of snacks and heartier dishes. The space is very cute and perfect for a wine bar with exposed brick walls and low arched ceilings due to the building’s heritage as a coal store. On the food front you should definitely start with the marinated black Angus, thin slices of raw beef that really do melt in the mouth. The Hedone bread with salted butter is pretty hard to say no to as well. From the small plates, our faves are roasted squash with onions and sage and the chicken liver pate and beetroot salad, and the guinea fowl and girolle mushroom pie also hits the spot. Instead of dessert, get a plate of cheeses and a glass of red wine to finish – this is is a bleedin’ wine bar after all.

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MORTY & BOB'S

49 Coal Drops Yard, London N1C 4DQ
King's Cross

Morty & Bob’s and its mega cheese toasties has taken up residence in Coal Drops Yard, with an all-day menu that also includes steak & eggs, green toast and parmesan truffle fries. You can pair that with an Allpress coffee but their range of classic cocktails would really hit the spot.

HONEST BURGER

Honest Burgers - King's Cross, Pentonville Road, London, UK
King's Cross

Honest Burger serves up meaty-goodness all day long with a breakfast and brunch menu. But when it comes to their burgers, we’re all about the Tribute – beef, bacon, American cheese, burger sauce, mustard and pickles. All their burgers (and yes they do a vegan one) come with rosemary salted chips too, so just add in a side of onion rings and bacon ketchup and you’re good to go.

ST PANCRAS RENAISSANCE HOTEL

Euston Rd, Kings Cross, London NW1 2AR
King's Cross

The St Pancras Renaissance Hotel is one mighty impressive building. Even those who haven’t been inside will have probably seen various parts of the hotel on TV – yes it was the staircase in the Spice Girls ‘Wannabe’ video. It’s grand and decadent with high ceilings and huge corridors, made so for ladies in the olden days who wore massive skirts so that they could walk along them without getting stuck, and the rooms come with plenty of five-star touches. The hotel is home to two restaurants; The Booking Office, with a 29-metre-long bar and classic English grub; and The Gilbert Scott, run by Marcus Wareing’s team, which leans more to the fine dining side.

DRAKE & MORGAN

Six Pancras Square, Pancras Road, Kings Cross, London N1C 4AG, UK
King's Cross

Drake & Morgan, set between St. Pancras International and Central St. Martins, serves food from breakfast through to dinner with a menu featuring small plates, grills and larger dishes – basically something for one and all. Whether you are up for an evening hangout, quick dinner or just want a coffee and to plug in your laptop, Drake & Morgan ticks all boxes.

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THE LIGHTERMAN

The Lighterman, Granary Square, London, UK
King's Cross

Built right next to the canal, The Lighterman has a primo spot on Granary Square, with three floors of views and plenty of outdoor space for al fresco action. The ground floor has more of a pub vibe, but upstairs is a more formal sit down space where you can tuck into upscale pub grub.

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VINOTECA

3 King's Blvd, Kings Cross, London N1C 4BU, UK
King's Cross

Vinoteca is all about matching food and wine, so you can find a wine pairing suggestion for each dish on the British-European inspired food menu. If you’re solely after liquid refreshment, you certainly won’t go thirsty as the wine list is 200 strong, and you can even by bottles from the shop to take home too.

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BARRAFINA

Coal Drops Yard, Kings Cross, London, N1C 4AB
King's Cross

The CDY branch of Barrafina is the biggest one in the group – very handy as it’s still strictly no ressies – with gorgeous counter seating plus some small tables if you want a little more privacy. It’s a Calalan-inspired menu, with a mix of new dishes and Barrafina classics (like their famously oozy tortillas) but be sure to check out the daily specials as well because these can be magic.

CASA PASTOR

Coal Drops Yard, Stable Street, London N1C 4DQ, UK
King's Cross

Casa Pastor, sister to Borough Market’s El Pastor, serves up a similar Mexican menu – think dishes like cherrystone clams with lime, lamb barbacoa, soft-shell crab tacos and vegan coconut ceviche tostadas as well as a Mexican brekkie menu too. The (covered and heated) outside terrace, Plaza Pastor, has its own menu of tostadas, tortas and rotisserie chicken and an extended tequila and mezcal drinks lists. They also have live music and DJs out there too, making it the perfect place for a fiesta.

VERMUTERIA BAR & CAFE

38/39 Coal Drops Yard, London N1C 4DQ
King's Cross

Opened by Anthony Demetre, owner of Mayfair’s Wild Honey, Vermuteria Bar & Cafe is (unsurprisingly) inspired by the vemeuterias found across Spain and Italy. Vermouth is the star of the show, with at least 50 different types on offer as well as other classic aperitifs, and there’s a casual food menu of pastries, salads and other healthy dishes.

DRINK, SHOP, DO

Drink, Shop & Do, Caledonian Road, London, UK
King's Cross

Drink, Shop, Do is a cafe by day and bar by night but the thing that sets this place apart is the range of events they host. As well as bottomless brunches and afternoon teas, at DSD you can take a girl power dance class, build and fight Lego robots, take a neon life drawing class, design silver jewellery and make your own nipple tassels.

COAL OFFICE

2 Bagley Walk, London N1C 4PQ, UK
King's Cross

As The Coal Office is inside the Tom Dixon HQ at Coal Drops Yard, it understandably looks pretty swish. Thankfully with Assaf Granit, who’s behind The Palomar and The Barbary, in charge of the menu, the food more than matches up. We’re talking kingfish sashimi, baked bone marrow shawarma, prawn pappardelle with cured lemon butter, beef fillet and black chickpea stew, and chocolate cardamom coffee tart. Er YUM.

GASHOLDER PARK

Kings Cross, London N1C 4AB, UK
King's Cross

It’s pretty hard to miss the outline of Gasholder Park thanks to the wrought-iron structure of Gasholder No.8 (which was the largest of the gasholders that used to occupy King’s Cross). It’s actually been moved from its original location and now surrounds a small but perfectly formed patch of grass, perfect for catching a few rays.

BODEGA RITA'S

Unit 114, Stable St, Kings Cross, London N1C 4DR
King's Cross

Gabriel Pryce and Missy Flynn have brought Rita’s back to life in the shape of this sarnie shop and deli. You can tuck into the likes of the Tony (mortadella, provolone, pickled chilli mayo, giardiniera and cheese dust), the Tingler Tower (chilli oil chicken, cucumber and szechuan pepper slaw) and the Mais Oui Oui (ratatouille, sheep’s milk cheese, thyme and habanero honey), as well as small dishes, cocktails and wine in the evenings. And if you fancy trying to recreate a bit of Rita’s at home you’ll be able to pick up spice blends and sauces too.

HICCE

hicce, Stable Street, Kings Cross, London, UK
King's Cross

Pip Lacey, formerly of Murano, teamed up with Wolf & Badger to open her first restaurant hicce on the top floor of their Coal Drops Yard store. The focus is on using the barbecue to cook ingredients like meaty hot sticks as well as to smoke or steam, and the menu also features plenty of homemade pickles, breads and cured meats nicely matched to a menu of low intervention wines, craft beers and cocktails.

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TWO TRIBES

Tileyard studios, Tileyard Rd, London N7 9AH, UK
Caledonian Road & Barnsbury

Though KX has been tacked onto the name, the inmates of Pentonville Prison are more likely to be troubled by the aromas of boiling hops from Two Tribes than the commuters of King’s Cross, situated as it is just between Caledonian Road and York Way. The brewery offers Two Tribes beers straight from the source as well as brewery tours, street food and events – they’ve not installed that Funktion One sound system for nothing.

BON VIVANT

Bon Vivant, Marchmont Street, Kings Cross, London, UK
Russell Square

It’s all a bit French in Bon Vivant, with staff in striped tops and some rather provocative artworks on the walls. It’s all about classic brasserie food here – think French onion soup, moules mariniere, duck confit and beef bourguignon burgers – all washed down with French vino. Ooh la la indeed.

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EKACHAI

Ekachai KX, York Way, London, UK
King's Cross

Ekachai is all about proper (and properly priced, with mains coming in under a tenner) South East Asian street food, with classic dishes from Hong Kong, Malaysia and Thailand, like seafood laksa, Singapore noodles, nasi goreng and kai krapow, on the menu.

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CARAVAN

Caravan King's Cross, Granary Square, London, UK
King's cross

The King’s Cross outpost of Caravan not only boasts a large industrial dining room but a separate coffee bar and on-site roastery. They take their coffee very seriously, so not only can you buy it freshly poured but you can order a whole range of blends and kit to improve your own coffee game. If you’re after something more substantial than a cup of joe, their all-day menu won’t disappoint, from the bangin’ brunches to the small plates, which are a mash-up of Asian, European and Middle Eastern flavours to the pizzas.

KERB

Kerb King's Cross, Granary Square, London, UK
King's Cross

KERB may have spread all over town but the street food market hasn’t forgotten its roots. You can find traders in Granary Square every lunchtime on Wednesdays – Fridays, with a mix of old faves and new talent from their InKERBator scheme.

FRAME

FRAME Kings Cross, Arthouse, 1 York Way, London N1C 4AS, UK
King's Cross

It’s a Frame two-for-one in King’s Cross as there are two standalone studios just round the corner from each other. One has space for barre, pilates, dance and other fitness classes, whereas the other is solely dedicated to yoga, making it THE place to downward dog and de-stress.

WORD ON THE WATER

Word On The Water, Regent's Canal Towpath, London, UK

This floating bookshop actually used to make its way up and down the canal but now it’s moored by Granary Square (so at least you know where to find it). Go for the books, stay for the dog and one of the live music performances on the roof if you’re lucky.

KING'S CROSS TUNNEL

Tunnel King's Cross/St Pancras, Collier St, King's Cross, London, UK
King's Cross

Even if you haven’t physically walked through it, you’ll have seen this tunnel on the ‘gram as that LED art wall just begs to be snapped. And it’s also pretty handy in getting you from the tube and St Pancras outside to the fun stuff on the street.

SIMMONS

32 Caledonian Rd, Islington, London N1 9DT, UK
King's Cross

The OG Simmons is still going strong with its five-hour happy hour, cocktails and bargain wine. DJs spin the tunes until 3am on the weekend in the ‘rave cave’ and there are old school games ready to play on the Megadrive. If you’re after cheap drinks, this is the place to come.

KING'S PLACE

90 York Way, London N1 9AG, UK
King's Place

Art, comedy, spoken word, music…you can enjoy it all at King’s Place. The arts space hosts regular festivals and series (examples include Jewish Book Week and Venus Unwrapped on music by women) and it’s also home to both the Pangolin London and Piano Nobile galleries.

GAGOSIAN

6-24 Britannia Street, London WC1X 9JD, UK
King's Cross

There are 16 Gagosian exhibition spaces around the world and one of those is on Britannia Street. The gallery showcases modern and contemporary art with the likes of Chris Burden, Vera Lutter, Nancy Rubins and Katharina Grosse showing in King’s Cross in the past.

CAMLEY STREET NATURAL PARK

12 Camley St, Kings Cross, London N1C 4PW
King's Cross

Yep there’s a two acre nature reserve right in the middle of King’s Cross on the banks of Regent’s Canal. A whole host of bird and plant life, as well as a lot of butterflies, call the park home, and there’s a floating viewing platform actually on the canal so you can get right in there for a proper look.

EVERYMAN CINEMA

14-18 Handyside St, Kings Cross, London N1C 4DN
King's Cross

We do love an Everyman – watching a film from a sofa with the drinks and snacks brought right to you never gets old – and the one in King’s Cross doesn’t disappoint. There are three screens (two with over 100 seats) in the main building, with what was the small Everyman On The Corner now functioning as screen four.

SPIRTILAND

9 - 10 Stable St, Kings Cross, London N1C 4AB
King's Cross

If you’re a music fan, Spirtland is the cafe and bar for you. Not only is it decked out with a state-of-the-art Living Voice sound system, there are DJ sets and album playbacks every day, there’s a radio station and a shop selling headphones and records. There’s also somehow room for a bar and kitchen, so you can listen to all those excellent tunes whilst tucking into some European-inspired small plates and a few glasses of vino.

MEATLIQUOR

6 St Chad's Pl, Kings Cross, London WC1X 9HH
King's Cross

Tucked away from the madness of the station, MEATLiquor KX actually has enough natural light in there so you can read your menu and see your food (MEATMission, we’re looking at you). And the bar and kitchen are housed inside a disused train carriage, which is pretty cool. It’s serving up all the usual grub, including Dead Hippies and Chilli Cheese Fries, and those lethal cocktails.

PLUM + SPILT MILK

Plum Spilt Milk, Pancras Road, London, UK
King's Cross

Plum + Spilt Milk, located within the Great Northern Hotel, serves up modern British cuisine by Mark Sargeant (this was his first venture in London after leaving Gordon Ramsay at Claridge’s). Though it’s an all-day restaurant, the decor lends itself well to dinner dining with rich blue walls and lots of plush wooden furniture and with dishes like Cornish fish soup, beef wellington and Yorkshire rhubarb and ginger parkin trifle, you’ll wanna settle in for the full three courses.

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GERMAN GYMNASIUM

German Gymnasium, King's Boulevard, London, UK
King's Cross

German Gymnasium is a huge restaurant in the Grade-II listed building of what was the first purpose-built gym of its kind in England, built in 1864 for the German Gymnastics Society. Converted by D&D (Pont de la Tour, Angler, Coq d’Argent) it is now a very impressive-looking restaurant and bar, a definite switch in direction from its original use. The all-day Grand Cafe serves up a Mittel-European menu featuring schnitzels, steaks and sausages, with a more sophisticated menu up on the first-floor restaurant. The Meister Bar keeps the glamour going late into the night.

GRANGER & CO

Granger & Co. Kings Cross, London, UK
King's Cross

Aussie Bill Granger has made a chain out of his eponymous restaurants, and like the others, the KX branch serves up an eclectic menu that draws influence from around the world. The dinner menu small plates, bowls and grains, big plates, and BBQ – and it’s one of those where you want to order absolutely everything. We find the most winners on the small plates but it’s worth a trip down for brekkie too…those eggs are good and the ricotta hotcakes are legendary.

PLATFORM 9¾

The Harry Potter Shop at Platform 9 3/4, King's Cross, Pancras Road, London, UK
King's Cross

Even if you’re not a Harry Potter fan, you’ll know about the luggage trolley sticking out the wall where the entrance to Platform 9 ¾ is thanks to the perennial queue. You don’t actually have to pay to take a snap there, so if you’re still desperate for one, go early (or really late) to avoid the line.

RUBY VIOLET

Midland Goods Shed, 3 Wharf Road, N1C 4BZ,
King's Cross St Pancras King's Cross

Founded in Tufnell Park, Ruby Violet’s Kings Cross location is a far nicer affair, located next to Waitrose and close to the canal. This means when the weather’s nice you can grab an ice cream and sit out by the water or even the grassy banks just outside the shop. All Ruby Violet’s handmade ice creams and frozen desserts are made with organic milk and there’s always some interesting flavours to choose from such as fig & honey or greengage ripple.

MILDREDS

200 Pentonville Rd, London N1 9JP, UK
King's Cross St Pancras

Mildreds is one of London’s original vegetarian restaurants, having been founded in Soho in 1988. Growing to several sites since then, the King’s Cross branch is one of the biggest, with a big industrial-chic room that has long sharing tables and an open kitchen. The menu is all veggie and vegan and as you can imagine from a place that’s been around 30 years, they know what they’re doing. There’s everything from curries and burgers to brunch and roasts on the weekend.

YUMCHAA

1 Granary Square, Kings Cross, London N1C 4AA, UK
King's Cross St Pancras King's Cross

This little London mini-chain of shops and cafes is all about the tea – and not just a mug of milky builder’s. There’s over 40 blends of speciality tea, as well as chai lattes, ice teas and pastries to snack on. There’s a cosy indoor space but as it’s right on Granary Square there’s plenty of opportunities to have your brew al fresco.

STAR OF KINGS

126 York Way, Kings Cross, London N1 0AX, UK
King's Cross

As part of the Electric Star Pubs group (who also have Star by Hackney Downs and Star of Bethnal Green amongst others), you know you’re gonna get a decent drink whether you like a craft beer or a cocktail; good grub (kitchen residents have included Yeah Burger); and be very well entertained with pub quizzes, karaoke, comedy and club night vibes in the basement.

VOC

2 Varnishers Yard, London N1 9AW
King's Cross St Pancras King's Cross

Inspired by the Dutch East India Company and tucked under an archway, VOC really runs with the themes of history and discovery, which is immediately obvious from the old potion bottles, spyglasses and other old-timey bits and pieces that decorate the bar. They serve up barrel-aged cocktails inspired by old recipes whilst the restaurant nods to the spice trade with a largely Asian menu.

VX

73 Caledonian Rd, London N1 9BT, UK
King's Cross St Pancras King's Cross

VX has been providing plant-based goodies to the people of North London for almost a decade, making it the first 100% vegan shop in the capital. Still going strong now, not only does VX stock a range of vegan brands and products, including clothing, it serves up plant-based junk food like burgers, kebabs, nachos and doughnuts.

THE MEETING PLACE

Grand Terrace, St Pancras International, Kings Cross, London N1C 4QP
St Pancras International

Often referred to as The Lovers or even just the kissing statue, this 9m tall bronze sculpture by Paul Day is on the Grand Terrace inside St Pancras station and is one of the first things you see when you get off the Eurostar.

BRITISH LIBRARY

96 Euston Rd, London NW1 2DB, UK
King's Cross St Pancras St Pancras

With a collection that’s over 150 million strong, the British Library is one of the largest libraries in the world. From books to stamps to maps to newspapers and much, much more, there is a serious amount of treasure to be found here, including the Magna Carta, a Leonardo da Vinci notebook, the Times first edition and Beatles manuscripts. Yeah proper treasure. You can work in the Reading Rooms or if you’ve got a day off, visit one of their regular exhibitions.

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