The regeneration of the King’s Cross area has, yes, seen the demise of some well-known clubs of yore, but in their place have sprung up loads of institutions, organisations, bars, restaurants, and cool places to hang out. Behind King’s Cross station and St. Pancras International Station (home to the Eurostar), we now have the wonderful canalside Granary Square, close to where Central St Martins College, The Guardian newspaper and Google have all set up shop. In addition to this there’s an outdoor swimming pool, a theatre, a live music venue and, of course, Platform 9 & 3/4 (and the Harry Potter shop) all to enjoy in the area. With so much going on, it’s no wonder there’s so many great places to eat and drink in the King’s Cross area now.
Kings Cross / Restaurant / Cuisine: British
Situated in the historic and beautiful German Gymnasium building, this restaurant was the site for the first purpose-built gymnasium in the UK. This landmark Grade II-listed building serves Mittel-European inspired dishes as a nod to the building's German heritage. The space is divided into the Grand Café on the ground floor, which serves an all-day menu, whilst The Meister Bar serves some of the best cocktails in town and there is a smaller restaurant on the mezzanine level. Conveniently, it's located right next to King's Cross and St Pancras stations.
St Pancras Grand Brasserie
Kings Cross / Restaurant / Cuisine: British
This eye-catching brasserie is situated opposite the Searcys Champagne bar on the grand terrace in the stunningly renovated St Pancras International Station. This cavernous dining venue fits up to 200 guests for a seated meal and contains traditional classics as well as modern favourites using locally sourced and seasonal ingredients. Unsurprisingly, they have a particularly strong selection of Champagnes. They are open early in the day from 7am until dinner time.
Kings Cross / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: Spanish
Hidden Spanish restaurant, Camino, has some of the very best in tapas and cava selections along with the finest wines Spain has to offer. It's also open early in the morning so you can enjoy a Full Spanish breakfast. It closes late Thursday to Saturdays with live DJs playing the best of the Latin music scene. It is tucked away in a secluded courtyard, but it is just minutes away from King's Cross station.
Drake & Morgan
Kings Cross / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: Eclectic
Drake & Morgan at King's Cross brings a late night cocktail culture and a cool vibe to the neighborhood. The destination bar and restaurant offers two beautiful bars on the ground and lower ground floors, an elegant dining room with open kitchen alongside a deli, lounge, two unique kitchen pods, private dining room and outdoor terrace. With its grill concept, dialled-up cocktail offering, DJs spinning until the early hours and artisan coffee to-go, Drake & Morgan at Kings Cross is both the first stop and the end destination.
Grain Store by Bruno Loubet
Kings Cross / Restaurant / Cuisine: Eclectic
This is an innovative collaboration between famous chef Bruno Loubet, drinks maestro Tony Conigliaro, and the Zetter Group. It is situated in Granary Square, next to the canal, one of the most up and coming areas of London. The food is not fixed on a particular cuisine but focuses on sustainability and seasonality. The bar offers savoury cocktails to match with their menu, wines that are flavoured with herbs and spices and even original non-alcoholic cocktails.
The Gilbert Scott Restaurant By Marcus Wareing
Kings Cross / Bar / Restaurant / Hotel / Cuisine: British
This restaurant is dripping with a sense of grandeur, only with a slightly more informal, brasserie setting. The high and ornate ceilings, gilded frames, and retention of limestone pillars lend a sense of occasion, whilst the deliberately British menu - which has Marcus Wareing's name all over it - is less showy and more down-to-earth wholesome; will go splendidly, what, with a glass (or bottle) of English sparkling wine. Could this be the best train station restaurant ever?
Kings Cross / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: British
Rotunda bar and restaurant in the impressive Kings Place near King's Cross station has a decidedly British menu. All of the beef and lamb originates from the company's own farm in Northumberland. The animals are born and bred on the farm, traditionally reared and grass fed. All meat is hung and matured on site at Kings Place in a purpose-built hanging room. The curved restaurant, bar and private dining room span the area of the building facing Regent?s Canal and Battlebridge Basin, with an outdoor terrace alongside the canal. There are bespoke curved oak tables, Prussian blue leather banquettes and seats, and dark smoked oak flooring.
Kings Cross / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: American
American restaurant, Karpo, is an all-day diner and restaurant in King's Cross; the American urban dining experience of Euston Road, just opposite King's Cross station. Born and raised in America, head chef Daniel Taylor has outfitted Karpo with an American inspired menu including the likes of Southern fried quail and shrimp grits. Karpo is split over three floors, has an extensive wine list and a lounge/bar area. The early bird definitely catches the worm in Karpo, with breakfast available from 7am.
Kings Cross / Restaurant / Cuisine: Vegetarian
This was London first Japanese vegan and organic restaurant, and was probably Europe's initial foray into the Japanese vegetarian and organic world. Although the prices are generally high on this vegetarian menu, the standards certainly reflects them. Emphatic presentation, elegant decor, impeccable Japanese service, all combining to provide one of the best vegan restaurant experiences in London. Hence it's so popular with both the Asian and European crowds.
Kings Cross / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: Pizza
Twelve-inch Roman pizzas are the star of the show at Pizza Union, and with pizzas being made super fast all day, freshness is guaranteed. Cooked in the traditional domed pizza oven in just three minutes, these pizzas combine a thin and crispy base with delicious and great value toppings. Long tables allow guests to watch the chefs at work in the open kitchen while the interior incorporates the original brickwork and tiles of the building into an industrial urban style. Located just outside Kings Cross station, Pizza Union is the perfect place for a quick lunch before you catch a train or a relaxed dinner with friends.
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