Since 2001 King’s Cross has been undergoing a transformation so significant the area has been given its own postcode. At over 67 acres, N1C will see 50 new buildings, 2,000 new homes, 20 new streets, 10 new public squares and a remarkable 26 acres of open space. This is not just a makeover, it’s a complete metamorphosis.
Since the redevelopment began, King’s Cross has welcomed some of London’s most cutting-edge creatives. The permanent residency of Central Saint Martins has given the district real kudos, while the area’s commitment to innovative art has seen interactive pop-up installations from some of London’s most exciting artists. King’s Cross has become the byword for the city’s art scene.
King’s Cross has a long-standing reputation for culture, but its reputation as a food & drink destination is quickly catching up. Hugely popular independents Dishoom and Caravan have both opened outposts around Granary Square, while Australian chef Bill Granger has chosen Pancras Square for his third London restaurant. In amongst the big names you’ll also find a number of charming food stalls, such as the community-run Skip Garden Kitchen which uses delightful organic ingredients grown in the urban garden.
Set to open in 2018, Coal Drops Yard will see the arches transformed with a split level shopping street housing over 60 stores. Focusing on independent and specialist retailers, Coal Drops Yard will be a real destination for those seeking something new and different. Retailers have been invited to look at the space with a fresh perspective so perhaps this could be the start of some new initiatives, or interesting distillation brands. Whoever takes up residence at Coal Drops Yard, it’s going to become one of London’s most eclectic shopping quarters.