Insiders' King's Cross

With a privileged canalside position, tucked away from the madding King's Cross crowds but just minutes from Granary Square and the stations, occupiers at Regent's Wharf can choose from lesser known local hotspots or join the throng for fun afterwork drinks and a lively atmosphere.

Explore the very best of what the local area has to offer with Regent’s Wharf's top recommendations.

Local Gems

3 minutes

Lesser known spots in the local 'hood.

House of Morocco

2 minutes

Here you'll find a chilled little café serving delicious coffee and healthy Moroccan snacks.

Rotunda

2 minutes

Head all the way through the Guardian Building and you'll discover Rotunda's spacious canalside terrace - with deckchairs, cocktails and a full restaurant menu, often served up with a DJ on the side rocking Balearian beats.

Barnsbury's best boozers

Head into Barnsbury and you'll find Islington favourite The Albion 3 minutes which regularly tops the best London pubs list for its gorgeous Georgian interiors, delicious food a beautiful beer garden... but this does draw the crowds. Luckily, just around the corner you'll find the locals and their dogs at The Crown 3 minutes, with equally scrumptious food, sumptuous interiors and a friendly neighbourhood vibe.

Flat Iron King's Cross

3 minutes

Being just off the main drag, you've actually got a chance of getting a seat at this super steak hangout that serves up the very best beef, including wagyu and local herds. They also make a mean Bloody Mary.

Franco Manca

2 minutes

There's nothing secret about London's most beloved sourdough pizza chain. But being just around the corner, this Franco Manca is dangerously close.

Top local work outs

Work off that pizza by joining a morning canal run with Nike or Sweaty Betty, face up to a KX bootcamp or head to Frame to get your butt kicked (and toned). All within 5 minutes of Regent's Wharf.

Granary square

4 minutes

Head along the canal to Granary Square where you'll find a buzzing food, drink and social scene with plenty of outdoor seating.

Top Spots

The Lighterman

A firm favourite with the afterwork crowd due to it's privileged position overlooking the canal and the square, choose from three levels of terraces or cosy up inside for formal dining or informal fun.

Caravan

This go-to brunch spot with the best coffee around is great at any time of the day, serving up sustainably sourced ingredients on perfectly formed small plates.

Dishoom

Beat the 6pm rush or book for 6 people and you'll actually make it into this vastly popular Indian concept restaurant. The lamb chops are legendary and downstairs the Mumbai station-themed bar serves up spiced cocktails to an eager crowd.

Lina Stores

A Soho stalwart since the 60s, Lina Stores started out as a tiny Italian deli and their beautiful new venue in King's Cross is their first venture into a full blown restaurant. And it's a huge success. The fresh pasta dishes (and dishy Italian waiters) will transport you to Rome within your first mouthful.

Kerb Market

Street food galore takes over Granary Square every Friday lunchtime, drawing the work crowds to enjoy some of London's best bites on the go.

Coal drops yard

5 minutes

It's hard to pigeon hole this stunningly transformed historic coal yard. It can be a high-end creative shopping destination, a place for fine dining with clients, tacos with friends, an event space, an immersive experience, a market or just a really nice place to hang out by the canal. What we can say is that it's well worth a visit!

Foodie hits

Barrafina & Parillan

for Spanish tapas

Casa Pastor

for mouth-watering tacos and margaritas

Hicce

for small pretty plates

The Coal Office

for high end Israeli cuisine

Vermuteria

for top wines and plenty of character

Canopy Market

(currently popping up here weekly)

Retail hits

Samsung

for an immersive experience

Honest Jon

for records you won't find elsewhere

Twiin

for crazy Californian fashion

Botanical Boys

for biophiliacs

FaceGym

for outlandish beaty treatments

Wolf & Badger

for, well, everything

Caffeine hits

Sons & Daughters

for a seriously good caffeine hit with delicious bites

Morty & Bobs

for a mean latte with a steak and cheese on the side

Redemption Roasters

for coffee and pastry with purpose

Pancras square

5 minutes

Dozens of lifestyle shops, cafés and restaurants surround this leafy public square.

Top Five

The German Gymnasium

A favourite with the well-heeled afterwork crowd, serving up German beers and refined German themed cuisine.

Hoppers

Divine Sri Lankan cuisine in a beautifully exotic setting. This is the Sri Lankan version of Dishoom, without the queues.

Kimchee

A buzzing Korean serving up tasty BBQ bites. And Kimchee of course.

Vinoteca

The perfect place for an alfresco glass of vino, with a fresh menu in the summer and cosier choices in the winter.

Granger & Co

Top spot for Australian brunch... and lunch ...and dinner – come here anytime of the day for good grub and fine cocktails.

Best kept secrets

5 minutes

Hidden gems that the rest of the world don't know about. Yet.

Top Five

Word on the Water

4 minutes

This floating book boat has made a name for itself and is now permanently moored by the tow path at Granary Square. Grab a bottle from 'the world's best Waitrose' next door, find a bench and enjoy their regular world music sessions from the stage atop the narrowboat.

Spiritland

6 minutes

Music aficionados should head here for the epic sound system, curated programme of well-known DJs and 70s sound-booth-inspired interiors. The cocktails are top notch too.

Keystone Crescent

3 minutes

Deep below the streets of King's Cross on unexpected Keystone Crescent, a secret grey door with key pad access leads to this former dive and gambling hangout – now a plush late night members bar for 'social people who like unsocial hours'.

Sweetwater & Nola's

5 minutes

In the deep underbelly of ubercool music venue Lafayette, you'll find two of London's best kept secrets... Sweetwater - a Louisiana speakeasy, and Nola's apartment and kitchen, a private space for up to 150 'House Guests'. If you want access you may need to convince them you're 'with the band'.

St Pancras Clocktower Apartment

6 minutes

Can't quite afford to check into the Renaissance? Go one better and stay in the original architect's apartment in the iconic clocktower. You'll find it on Airbnb!

Around the stations

6 minutes

Enjoy luxury shopping, top hotels and convenient takeaway options in and around King's Cross & St Pancras.

Top Five

The Standard Hotel

This stylish newcomer brings a quirky contemporary edge to the KX hotel scene, with two destination restaurants and an epic rooftop bar overlooking what feels like the whole of London.

St Pancras Renaissance Hotel

One for romantics (and those with a fat wallet) the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel is a celebration of historic elegance and modern luxury... ideally complemented by a first class trip to Paris on the neighbouring Eurostar.

The Great Northern Hotel

As well as its heritage architecture and intrinsic link to the station of old, it's TGN's restaurant Plum & Spilt Milk and the plush cocktail bar below that really make this worth a visit.

St Pancras Station

Luxury shops abound in the beautifully refurbished station, which also offers more low key eateries and convenient food on the go.

King's Cross Station

High Street food and retail brands and a regular street food market create a convenient commuter hub.

Cultural hotspots

6 minutes

RW's pick of the most creative cultural happenings.

Top Five

Lafayette, Goods Way

5 minutes

Run by independent music champion and former Mumford & Sons frontman, Ben Lovett, Lafayette is the coolest venue in town with an amazing rolling line up of new and well-known artists, plus a food hall, speakeasy and totally exclusive private events venue for those in the know.

The Lethaby Gallery

4 minutes

The infamous St Martin's art school is at the beating heart of Granary Square and hosts an ongoing programme of exhibitions from fashion to graphic design in The Lethaby Gallery. The Other Art fair has just migrated to the St Martin's building at KX and they also have a theatre space.

Everyman King's Cross

6 minutes

A trip back in time when going to the cinema was a real treat, Everyman King's Cross has plush sofa seating with waiter service and film based events. Pass the popcorn.

House of Illustration

4 minutes

London's only illustration focused gallery, this is a little gem with a multi-cultural programme of free and paid exhibitions from beloved UK illustrators like Quentin Blake to mad Japanese anime and everything in between.

Design Week

4 minutes

Twice a year Granary Square and the surrounding area transforms for Design Week, with King's Cross being a key hub for the London-wide festival. Any venue can get involved so there is always a great buzz and something new and exciting to explore.

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