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AREA GUIDE: COAL DROPS YARD

Up the hill from the station, over the canal, then take a left at the fountains… here you’ll find the newest instalment in the King’s Cross development - Coal Drops Yard.

Photo Credit John Sturrock

An urban sprawl of trendy restaurants, bars, shops and more that perfectly showcase the old and the new… and hot damn she’s pretty. Victorian brick viaducts that once served as film sets, been home to counter-culture artists and hosted some of London’s biggest raves, have been transformed into London’s spot of the moment.

Breakfast & Brunch
Start your day off in good conscience and go grab a delicious coffee from Redemption Roasters. You’ll find them on Lower Stable Street and not only is their coffee sublime and their counter sandwiches, pastries and cakes mouth-wateringly good, but they also help young offenders successfully reintegrate into society by training and helping them get jobs in their network of coffee shops. Too much right!? We love love.
undefinedInside Wolf & Badger’s new flagship store you’ll find a café from cult Chelsea brand Raw Press who will be serving up healthy plant based breakfast options like açaí bowls, smoothies and of course - avocado on toast. But if you’re after something a little more indulgent to fuel your day, head to soon-to-be-open Morty & Bobs for bacon sarnies, their famous cheese toasties and brunch at the weekend.

Culture
You’re right in the heart of London’s most talked about re-development, so take a stroll and admire the modern architecture. Head up to the top of Coals Yard Drop for a killer view, completed by the new ‘kissing roof’ then wind your way along the canal… it’s only a short 20 minute stroll to Camden after all.

Delve into the varied history of the area and check out new exhibition ‘From Coal To Club’ at the King’s Cross Visitors Centre filled with some great pics of 90’s clubbers or check out some contemporary design at the MDR Gallery. There’s always the Everyman Cinema round the corner where you can catch that afternoon matinee, but you might not have time with all the SHOPPING…
undefinedInstagram accounts at the ready for the treasure trove of beautiful fabrics at Caravane, the delicate undies at Beija London and pretty much everything in S120. You’ll soon have regular favourites COS and Aēsop who will sit alongside the likes of uber cool menswear store, Universal Works and the cute Beautystack app pop-up.

Indulge your sweet tooth at Parisian Le Chocolat Alain Ducasse and spritz yourself with London’s Miller Harris’ boho scents and then it’ll probably be time for your next meal...

Lunch
Head to the Coal Office for some stunning food inspired by Middle Eastern, Mediterranean and Jerusalem traditions, surrounded by everything a la Tom Dixon. When you’ve finished staring at the gorgeous light bulbs, the wine list offers a good range of English wines, as well as some exciting bottles from Armenia and Israel. The homemade ice cream is a must and there’s lots of outdoor seating we’re predicting will be a hit in warmer months.
undefinedAnother two great spots to try when open are deli and sandwich store, Bodega Rita’s with their nod to comfort food from the States (plus take away wine and cocktail options) and Hicce for some wood-fired dishes from Pip Lacey.

Aperitvo Hour
When the sun goes down and it’s time for a nice glass of vino, aptly named The Drop has you covered. You’ll find British tapas, oysters and super friendly service from the team behind Barrafina in three romantic archways with a simple and impressive wine list. Then there’s Vermuteria, a cosy nook filled with Tour de France memorabilia, jazz and a vermouth mountain of a back bar… definitely time for a Negroni.
undefinedIf wine’s not your thing then House of Cans is a must, a small space tucked away with wall to wall designer tinnies. Both an off-license and bar, specialising in one-off collaborations with artists and London breweries and the official Coal Drops Yard beer for the whole site.

Dinner
Mexican Casa Pastor should be high on your list for dinnertime, with colourful décor, corn tortillas made from scratch every day, a seven strong salsa menu and an El Jimador frozen margarita machine, as well as an impressive mezcal selection… there’s not much more you’ll need. Or head to the new Barrafina restaurant upstairs, pull up one of the iconic red stools at the bar and dive into some of their sensational Spanish tapas.

Drinks
In the mood for a nightcap? Then head to Spiritland for some muso-wine, cocktails and those giant speakers. It’s an oldy but a goody and we can’t wait for their new venture Happy Face & Super Max to open round the corner soon for vermouth cocktails and pizza.

Back across the fountains The Lighterman is always great for a canalside beverage or stop in at Vinoteca or German Gymnasium on your amble back to the station. There’s more and more reasons to visit King’s Cross and this gorgeous new development at Coal Drops Yard is definitely a jolly good one.