King’s Cross is a fantastic place to go for a bit of grub and a cheeky glug.
Here’s a guide to all the best things to do in the area; from floating bookshops and rooftop Aperol Spritz bars, to spectacular schnitzel and Jenga-fueled speed dating (…we know you’re interested).
1. Walk through this psychedelic tunnel
Admire the psychedelic wonders of the pedestrian tunnel linking King’s Cross station to the shops and restaurants in One Pancras Square.
2. Browse the bookshelves at Word on the Water
This is London’s only floating bookshop and with regular acoustic singers playing on-board, it makes for the perfect afternoon flicking through some of the best books any barge has to offer.
Regent’s Canal Towpath, Kings Cross, London N1C 4LW
3. Eat some tasty, locally-sourced veggie food at the Skip Garden
They call it “an urban garden with a twist”; a blooming oasis full of wild flowers, herbs, vegetables, beehives and chicken coops. Everything is made with recycled materials, and it’s run entirely by the hands of the community. And there’s even a kitchen that cooks up veggie delights from the on site produce. Lovely.
Tapper Walk, N1C 4AQ
4. Chomp on croissants and canard at Bon Vivant
Bon Vivant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, meaning they have everything from croissants and café au lait, to steak and Sauvignon. If you’re heading there for dinner, we recommend starting with the Planche de Charcuterie (which literally translates to ‘a board of meat’) or the Salmon Marinee (cured salmon with pickled vegetables and crème-fraîche). For the main, try the Bavette Steak, which goes perfectly with their perfect Dauphinois Potatoes. Finally, for dessert, indulge in the Melt-in-the-Middle Chocolate Fondant (honestly, it’s the epitome of ‘food porn’) or the Earl Grey Creme Brulèe. Trust us, if you’re looking for the perfect place to shout “Bon Appétit!” both loudly and proudly, it is here. Allez allez allez!
75-77 Marchmont Street, WC1N 1AP
5. Become a doodle expert at the House of Illustration
The House of Illustration is the only art gallery dedicated entirely to illustration and graphic arts in the whole of the UK. It was founded by Sir Quentin Blake and opened back in 2014. They run 10 unique exhibitions a year, as well as hosting various talks, events and illustration workshops for all ages. Take a look at their website to find out what’s on and plan your visit.
2 Granary Square, N1C 4BH
6. Tuck into tasty treats at KERB
KERB at Granary Square is the ultimate lunch destination for street-food fanatics. With a regularly rotating lineup of traders from Wednesday to Friday each week, no two days will be the same. But, serving up everything from macaroni cheese to Szechuan squid, KERB is sure to satisfy any cravings.
Granary Square, NC1
7. Scoff schnitzel at German Gymnasium
Offering various set and à la carte (apologies for the cultural confusion there) menus, German Gymnasium is the perfect place for almost any occasion… particularly for a damn good schnitzel. The impressive building was England’s very first purpose-built gymnasium but is now an up-market eatery specialising in German cuisine. The restaurant itself breaths grandeur and the food is sehr, sehr gut!
King’s Boulevard, N1C 4BU
8. Do literally anything at Drink, Shop, Do
Whether you’re after a cappuccino, a cocktail or a craft workshop Drink, Shop & Do literally has it all. Suppose you could say it does what it says on the tin. They’ve got bottomless brunches, boardgames, afternoon teas, Game of Thrones quiz nights, Jenga speed dating nights and even an Aperol Spritz bar… the list goes on. Take a look at their website to find out more about their upcoming events.
9 Caledonian Road, N1 9DX
9. Bask in the sunshine at The Lighterman
With beautiful views over Granary Square and the Regent’s Canal, The Lighterman is the perfect place to wine and dine, especially on a lovely, sunny afternoon. They’re open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and even offer epic brunch and Sunday roast menus at the weekend.
3 Granary Square, N1C 4BH
10. Chill out with an Aperol Spritz at Big Chill Rooftop
This colourful space is full of brightly coloured chairs, vintage signage and little pots of plants and herbs. The drinks are served out of sheds, there’s a dedicated Aperol Spritz bar and bottomless brunch is served at the weekends. So, basically, it ticks all the boxes.
257-259 Pentonville Road, N1 9NL
11. Get egg-cited at Caravan
Caravan is housed in a beautiful Grade II listed building, with an industrial-style dining room, a coffee bar, and even an on site coffee roastery. You can dine here at any time of day, but we recommend getting there in time for brunch. Their best dish? Eggs baked with tomato pepper ragout, Greek yoghurt and served with sour dough toast; it’s just as tasty as it is great to look at. You really have no eggcuse to eggnore this yolky delight. (You can never make too many egg puns).
1 Granary Square, N1C 4AA
12. Dabble in class at Searcys St Pancras Champagne Bar
Searcys St Pancras boasts the title of ‘Europe’s longest champagne bar’ at an impressive 98 metres, all set above St Pancras station terminal. Sit yourself down on a heated leather seat, admire the beauty of the station’s architecture, and press a button for Champagne (yes, quite literally). You can even order yourself some Jersey Rock oysters to your banquette to really up your game.
Grand Terrace, St Pancras International Station, N1C 4QL
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