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.

The Cross

2 minutes

Enjoy the luxurious and diverse space of The Cross – perfect for entertaining, whether it’s sipping on extravagant cocktails, dining on small plates or dancing the night away on the rooftop terrace or basement dancefloor.


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.

The Thornhill Arms

3 minutes

Imagine your perfect local? You’re imagining The Thornhill Arms, a quintessential historic London boozer with true neighbourhood charm, a well-stocked bar, delicious food and space to spill out onto the street. Tick!

St Elmo’s

6 minutes

A chilled café by day and music bar and event space by night, here you’ll find everything from good coffee and pastries to open mic nights.

Rosa’s Thai

6 minutes

An absolute staple for lovers of classic Thai, serving up delicious dishes and spiced cocktails in an informal setting.

Barnsbury's best boozers

Head into Barnsbury, and you'll find some of the best pubs in the city. Just few minutes past The Thornhill, you’ll find Islington locals and their dogs at The Crown 7 minutes, with scrumptious food, sumptuous interiors and a friendly neighbourhood vibe. Head on to discover Angel’s favourite The Albion 8 minutes which regularly tops the best London pubs list for its gorgeous Georgian interiors, delicious food and beautiful beer garden. But if you can’t find a seat, don’t worry, it’s just a hop skip and jump to The Drapers Arms 9 minutes, where you can enjoy great grub in their secret garden or cosied up by the fire.

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[1] 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.


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.


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.


Street food galore and often craft markets too can be found here most days of the week, drawing the work crowds to enjoy some of London's best bites on the go while checking out independent makers.

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


for small pretty plates

The Coal Office

for high end Israeli cuisine


for top wines and plenty of character

Retail hits


for an immersive experience

Honest Jon

for records you won't find elsewhere


for crazy Californian fashion

Botanical Boys

for biophiliacs


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.


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


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


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 Six

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.


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!


11 minutes

You’ll think you’ve stumbled through a wrong door when trying to find this sneaky 70s Italian themed DJ bar, hidden in the basement behind Happy Face Pizza. But pass through the velvet curtain and you’ll enter a world of glittery disco lights and plush booths. And being the sister-bar of Spiritland, the cocktails are naturally 'bellissimo'.

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.


King's Cross is at the heart of London's Knowledge Quarter which is home to global tech giants, emerging markets, creative industries and worldwide brands.

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