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1. The Food
King’s Cross’ food scene is so diverse that it goes from the ever-popular Dishoom to the area’s own private local kitchen in the form of Skip Garden, a locally sourced kitchen run by local volunteers. That, and of course, all the conceptual restaurants housed in former industrial buildings.
Dishoom @ 5 Stable Street
For over a hundred years, the Stable Street transit shed was used to pass goods between Britain and India. It has recently been transformed into one of the most popular concept restaurants focusing on Indian cuisine. The design takes inspiration from the Parsi cafés of Mumbai, with 1920s memorabilia adorning the walls to further add to the unique experience this space provides. The food also does not disappoint, pairing fantastic flavour with good prices.
Caravan @ 1 Granary Square
Despite a setting that resists an immediate association with intimacy, this 19th-century converted Victorian Warehouse announces its laidback atmosphere from the start. Being located in the same industrial space as the renowned Central Saint Martins arts college, Caravan attracts an eclectic mix of clientele, their tapas bringing together a mixture of businessmen, family and art school students. Their small plates are curated along an unusual mix of ingredients to create interesting results that go perfectly with their drinks assortment, from the immaculately brewed Caravan blend coffee to the global wine selection.
2. The Art
Granary Square is the home of the prestigious Central Saint Martins, where students and teachers alike are continuously putting on exhibitions and onlookers can ever peek through the windows into their studios. The House of Illustration and the Wellcome Collection are also not to be missed, with seasonal art installations and medical oddities making it worth your while.
Wellcome Collection @ 183 Euston Rd
House of Illustration @ 2 Granary Square
3. Regent’s Canal
Uniting Camden Lock with Limehouse, Regent’s Canal is the unsung hero of King’s Cross.From canal cruises to watching the Islington Sea Scouts teach kayaking and various other watersports, the canal is both a backdrop to a scenic walk and an activity hub.
4. The British Library
The home of Shakespeare’s First Folio and the Magna Carta, The British Library is a bibliophile’s heaven.Members have the chance to get a closer look at some of the manuscripts that have shaped literary culture as we know it and there are several exhibitions being put on throughout the year.
5. Platform 9 3/4
King’s Cross station is also home to one of the most beloved tourist spots in the city.Harry Potter fans line up all day long to take a picture with the portal to Hogwarts and then, to further immortalize the moment, there’s a gift shop next door for all your wizarding needs.
Fancy a quick nip to Nice? A hop off in Holland?It goes without saying that King’s Cross is synonymous with travel, both King’s Cross and St Pancras connect London with the rest of the UK and mainland Europe. In King’s Cross, you’re a Eurostar ride away from the destination of your dreams.
7. Hidden Gems
A lesser-known destination in King’s Cross is the Joseph Grimaldi park. Islington has dedicated one of its loveliest parks to the father of modern clowning, Joseph Grimaldi. His gravestone is also located in this park, where visitors are encouraged to join in and dance on the grave, as the famous clown would have adored. There are two annual celebrations happening in the park and if you’re lucky enough to be around at the time, the fest is not to be missed.
Joseph Grimaldi Park @ 11 Collier St
King’s Cross might be an unusual location to plan a theatre outing, yet with the Shaw theatre, the Platform and Only Connect, it provides an alternative to West End’s performances. Only Connect, for example, is a company that works with prisoners and ex-offenders.
Only Connect @ 32 Cubitt St
The Shaw @ 100-110 Euston Rd
9. The Nature
Camley Street Natural Park, situated a stone’s throw away from King’s Cross, provides an alternative to London’s concrete streets.
Granary Square also has one of the biggest Waitroses in the country, offering everything up to bite-sized cookery courses, with events and tastings happening regularly.
Waitrose @ 1 Wharf Rd