How to spend a day at King’s Cross, the most interesting neighborhood in northern London Register for Free to continue ready
Our new series of microguías is inspired by the movement of slow travel, encouraging travelers to relax their rhythm and immerse themselves in a specific neighborhood of a very dear city.Instead of a lightning itinerary with the aim of visiting all the essential attractions, these compact and detailed guides encourage you to concentrate, to take your time and to really explore as a local.
Everyone will tell you that King's Cross has changed a lot in recent decades.Many taxi drivers smile with love while remembering that "before I was full of prostitutes", as if they remembered a happier time.
This area, which goes from Euston Road to York Way and reaches the train tracks and goes back down Camely Street and Midland Road, used to be an urban moor.Today, his former sordid reputation has been shaken;It has been invested a lot in the area, which has resulted in one of the best scenes of restaurants, bars and shops in the center of London, all at a short distance from one of the best connected stations in the capital (you can even get on theEurostar if you get tired of the N1 and, in general, of the United Kingdom).
I consider myself a local city for a decade, and even at that time I have seen it evolve continuously, with new events and businesses that arise all the time.Here is how to spend a day or so exploring one of the most promising areas in London.
Granary Square spend
Granary Square is the heart of this new area and one of my favorite places in London.Why?Because in the midst of all the places willing to accept your money - luxury bares, small dishes restaurants, a waitrose that is so elegant that it has a regular jazz night - there is a space that is completely free to relax.In addition to the banks and the multiple tables and chairs to which the locals go to sit down throughout the year, bringing their own bottles of wine, there are three central grilles from Fuentes.In summer, it is a delight to see children run for them and have fun like never;In winter, they are usually illuminated with multicolored lights and are very pretty.In winter, they are usually illuminated with multicolored lights and are very pretty.There are also the gigantic stairs of the Granary Square that go down to the channel, an ideal place to meet with friends and observe people (or watch a free movie in summer, when a temporary movie screen is installed).
Look at the works of art
One of the things that injected a dose of freshness in King's Cross was the decision to move here the world -known school of the Saint Martins Central Art and Fashion, flooding the area with a large number of creative and avant -garde types.The Lethaby Gallery, attached to the school, tends a bridge between students and visitors and exhibits selected works of bachelor and mastery students, along with staff work, alumni and external associations.Admission is free.
Fitness Frame's study is the type of establishment that makes you feel like the Instagram version of yourself that you aspire to be - always dressed in Lululemon sportswear and taking a green juice - from the moment you enter through the door.It is this feeling that drives me, from time to time, pay one of its modern exercise classes to 16 pounds.There is a wide variety of classes to choose from, such as Yoga, Pilates and Barre, but I would recommend going to one of their “party style classes” to really have fun: the options include Old Skool Bangers, Music Video and 90s Dance Cardio.
Walk on the regent's channel
The Recent's Canal's tow path is right there, asking you to pass it.Go west and in 20 minutes you will arrive in Camden Lock and its famous street food stalls.Go ahead and turn right on the channel in Gloucester Avenue and you can walk to the nearby Primrose Hill and admire the fabulous views.(Okay, you're not in King's Cross, but it's worth it).
Come back to nature
It is temporarily closed while a drastic reform of its Visitors Center is carried out, but the Camley Street Natural Park, a small -sized nature reserve hidden in the heart of King's Cross, is a delight.It is managed by the Wildlife Trust and has forests, meadows and wetlands that serve as habitat to birds, butterflies, amphibians and plants.His reopening is scheduled for October 13;admission is free.
Watch algunas tumbas famosas
Hidden from Camely Street's hustle.In addition to the beautiful old church of St Pancras, it has a cemetery with some quite striking elements.Find out if you can see the final resting place of the architect of the Bank of England, John Soane, a monument in honor of the defender of women's rights Mary Wollstonecraft (which was buried here but whose remains were removed later), and theMysterious Hardy Tree.A strange stack of tombstones around a tree that is believed to be created by author Thomas Hardy.
This appreciated luxury Indian restaurants has a branch at King's Cross, and there is no better place for a brunch or dinner with a traditional touch of "Bombay Café".It is incredibly popular at night, but if you go around 10 in the morning there are usually no problems to get a naan egg and a cup of chai of the fillable house.
Granger and co
Choose between small dishes, bowls, hamburgers or, ERM, dishes, in this elegant Australian property restaurant.I really like shrimp hamburger and black lentils Dahl.
Beer and Burger
For something more similar to fast food, but that is still fashionable, Beer and Burger offers, well, beers and hamburgers.But beers are artisanal, obviously, and hamburgers have descriptions such as: “Two savings and crushed veal hamburgers, smoked to apple's wood, Mikkeller Saison, chipotle ketchup + arce bacon, onions in shoe strips + PepinillosFrom dill, in an American glaze bun ”.How good!
Choose a Mezze feast in Arabica that, unlike many of the local establishments, allows you to book in advance (something that is always appreciated).Choose the chef tasting menu and you can try a little of everything, along with a champagne glass, for 37 pounds.
The Coal Office
This collaboration between chef Assaf Granit and the Interior Design Study Tom Dixon serves delicate but delicious dishes of the Middle East: think of octopus with Yemeni pancakes, pretzels in the style of Jerusalem and yellow tail ceviche with “feta snow”.
Pizzería Happy Face
I have to give greeting to Happy Face, who has saved more than one improvised night at King's Cross.They always have a table, firewood pizzas are delicious and prices are correct (7.50 pounds for a margarita).
A bar just for vermouth, do you say?Well of course.I believed that it detest the fortified wine popularized by Martini before arriving at this coal drops yard toll, but they have changed my mind with its extensive letter of 40 plates.
If what you are looking for is wine, go to this luminous and airy place in King's Boulevard, which has an award -winning wine card.
Bar Searcys Champagne
Call me simple, but I still consider asking for a glass of champagne at the Searcys Champagne bar, on the last St.Pancras, it's impossible elegant.Extra points if you take one before climbing the Eurostar towards Paris.
The Star of Kings
Do you really want a pub?They are more difficult to find than cocktail bars in these parts, but the Star of Kings (formerly Cross Kings) has kept the course.
This Australian property brewery elaborates its own artisanal beers at its London headquarters, on the edge of the Lewis Cubitt park, and serves them with “local beers inspired by the United Kingdom brewer scene”.
Enjoy your coffee with a touch of social justice in this Coal Dropps Yard cafeteria: it is the “first coffee company in the world based on a prison”, which helps criminals to reintegrate into society by forming them in professional skills of toastedand barista.
Every Saturday and Sunday, an entire market arises in space with Waitrose, with independent positions that sell everything, from vintage and ceramic broches to measure to risotto of mushrooms and truffles and newly made churros.
Word on The Water
This barge turned into a bookstore is one of the favorites in the area, parked on the channel between York Way and the Granary Square catwalk.
Coal Drops Yard
The last piece of King's Cross puzzle, formed by stores and places to eat and drink, is fun to take a look, although many of the stores are prohibitively expensive.Highlights the High Gama Boutique By Shelter store;The Emporio of Household Articles, Beauty and Fashion Wolf and Badger;And dry flower suppliers Roseur.If what you want is to try, but not buy, go to the wide “space of experiences” of Samsung, where you can try all its ingenious devices (and, if you are like me, keep your nieces entertaining for at least half an hour; maybe SamsungYou should open your own nurser lines).
Esta calle peatonal, situada entre Goods Way y la estación de King's Cross, cuenta con una gran cantidad de tiendas de primer nivel, como & Other Stories, Sweaty Betty, Nike Central y Carhartt.
This place of events has a broad and eclectic concert program, talks, spoken word performances, comedy and even live podcast recordings, with tickets at reasonable prices that can often be achieved by ten pounds.
Spiritland, a coffee, bar and studio, is a tribute to everything related to music, with a "Living Sound Voice Sound of First Class".He often hosts events, such as DJ sessions, talks and record releases.
You can even watch a movie: King's Cross has its own Everyman cinema, with table service and luxury seats (although the prices are the same).
St pancras Renaissance
If you want to spend the night in a luxury bed, reserve at the impressive Hotel Renaissance, Gothic style, at Stan Pancras station.It is a five stars with high roofs and first -class furniture.It is worth it just to make a selfie on the iconic snail staircase (which the Spice Girls made famous forever in the music video "Wannabe").
A cheaper option is York Way's Premier Inn, where a reliable and comfortable bed and a reassuring and family environment practically guarantee a good night of sleep.
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