Better known for its shady past, as depicted in Dickens’ Oliver Twist, King’s Cross has in recent years undergone vast redevelopment, brightening the area into a hub for fashion and arts. With excellent transport links around London and into Europe, the area is fast becoming a desirable spot for major corporations’ headquarters, already home to The Guardian and The Observer offices, and soon to be welcoming the Google UK office.
Disused warehouses have been reborn as cultural spaces and places to dine, and former wastelands have made way for pretty green spaces like Granary Square, where many an art or fashion student can be found.
Notable for its train station, no less for its appearance in Harry Potter as the way to enter Hogwarts, Kings Cross is also within easy reach of London Euston, with connections throughout the city, and St Pancras where the famous Searcy’s Champagne bar resides and the Eurostar departs.
Today a hive of cultural delights, visit Kings Cross for The British Library, The Wellcome Collection, The Foundling Museum, London Canal Museum, Gagosian Art Gallery and The Place, a dedicated venue to contemporary dance.
For coffee lovers, nothing beats the aroma of fine coffee that comes from the roaster at The Caravan, situated in Granary Square. The unique venue also provides an extensive breakfast and all day menu. For fine dining, also on Granary Square, is the Grain Store, where “vegetables are given a starring role” alongside its meat and fish counterparts!