King’s Cross is a sophisticated and dynamic destination for modern living. D&D’s German Gymnasium, awarded “the most beautiful restaurant in the world”, serves high-end European food and is one of many unique restaurants on offer. Others include al fresco dining, jazz nights, cocktail bars featuring world-class sound systems and a Korean BBQ inspired menu. What’s more, it’s home to many specialist retailers, fashion brands, chic boutiques and independent market stalls.
King’s Cross is synonymous with higher education. With 15 major universities and colleges within 20 minutes walk, including Central St Martins’ new campus now on the doorstep, the area’s many students have a bright future ahead.
The area’s unique cultural character is enlivened by an intriguing and varied schedule of entertainment, featuring popular events like Lumiere Light Festival and Classic Car Boot in Lewis Cubitt Square.
Highlights include Strawberries and Screen, showing the Wimbledon Tennis Championships outdoors, and Designjunction, the contemporary interiors exhibition. For a more everyday option there’s a three-screen Everyman Cinema next door to Luma, showing must-see blockbusters and smaller arthouse breakthroughs.
King’s Cross is a true destination when it comes to food and drink. Breakfast and brunch are entirely catered for with several ‘go to’ spots to choose from. Lunch can be sit down or drop by at an assortment of square-side eateries and, if you still have room, Granary Square and the canal can provide the backdrop to dinner at much-loved restaurants like The Lighterman.
King’s Cross holds its breath in anticipation of the forthcoming Coal Drops Yard, designed by architect Thomas Heatherwick, set to open in 2018. The old Victorian coal yard will be reimagined, transformed into a retail hub comprising up to 55 interdependent retailers. This will be a new, iconic quarter for the King’s Cross area which already includes Tom Dixon, 18 Montrose Jigsaw and & Other Stories.