WELCOME TO KX (KINGS CROSS AREA GUIDE)
Kings Cross has gone through probably the biggest revamp a Central London area has seen. There are cranes everywhere. New bars and restaurants are popping up monthly. There is now even a new self-cleaning outside pool. Working around this exciting new part of London has prompted me to write about my personal recommendations in case you are in the area (or have a couple of hours to kill before the train to Paris, Brussels or Edinburgh).
The area is easily accessible via canal towpaths from Camden and Angel. But be aware the canal is covered with tunnelling from Duncan St all the way to Caledonian road, so you will have to cycle back on the road. Also canal towpaths do get really busy, so I would advice to avoid them during commuter rush hours from 8 till 9.30am and between 5.30 and 7pm.
Around the area there are lots of parking spots along Goods way and on Caledonian Road in front of Tesco. There are also several Santander bike docking stations around – check Citymapper app for precise locations.
If you are looking for good breakfast then Caravan is your place. They do delicious coffee and a great selection for brunch. Booking is recommended, unless of course you don’t mind just getting a take-out and sitting by the canal or at Granary square.
Green and Fortune in the ‘Guardian’ building (Kings Place) also does great coffee and is actually facing the canal with the morning sun. They also have an excellent selection of cakes and cheaper lunch options. This place is also not that busy, which makes it a perfect lunch/afternoon coffee spot.
Kerb street food. Do I need to say more? This is my favourite lunch spot and it is different every day.
In the evening my favourite spot is of course Dishoom. This Bombay café/restaurant is known for amazing food, exciting cocktails and great interiors. But be prepared to queue.
Most recent additions to the area include Drake and Morgan and Lighterman.
There is also Greek Ladder for any greek food lovers, but book in advance as all of the above get booked up.
Honest burger is another ‘local’ to me. Their burgers are just scrumptious and come with rosemary fries all for £8.5. What a bargain!
Mildreds just opened a branch in Kings Cross so perfect to suit any vegan and vegetarian needs.
The Star of Kings not only does a good burger but has some ale on tab, a prerequisite for a good pub beverage in my opinion .
Drake and Morgan is a very new addition to the drink and dining scene of Kings Cross. They have relaxed atmosphere and very grand interiors.
Overall though if you are after a nice pub I would move towards Angel as there are lots of those there (my personal favourite is the Earl of Essex for the amazing collection of ales and friendly staff).
For your typical pub the Fellow has a nice smoking terrace and bar upstairs, just keep in mind that downstairs is for food only and you usually needs a reservation. Camino has nice after work buzz in a small secluded yard and even serves some Sangria.
Drink Shop Do – does a different kind of night, just have a look at their timetable to find something really fun to do on a boring Monday night. Fun is 100% guaranteed!
Simmons – arguably the cheapest place in London where you pay £2.50 for drinks during their every day happy hour.
6th St Chads Place is a converted warehouse space that does cocktails and snacks
Parcel Yard – an interesting pub just inside Kings Cross rail station, and if you are a Harry Potter fan you can take a picture on the way by the platform 9 and 3/4.
Vinoteca – this new addition to Kings Cross bar scene is a must for any wine lovers.
During warm summer evening nothing beats having a couple of beers by the canal on the artificially soft grass steps on Granary square (as below).