With ongoing redevelopment, there's still a lot more of the good life to be enjoyed if you're one of the many businesses relocating to King's Cross and Euston. Once a down-at-the heel industrial wasteland, large-scale regeneration and urban planning have transformed King's Cross into one of London's biggest success stories when it comes to placemaking.
Among the major series of updates are shiny new office buildings surrounding the Kings Cross and St Pancras rail stations; landmark ‘groundscrapers’ such as Goggle’s proposed £1 billion, 920,000 square-foot UK HQ; open spaces and public squares; and numerous trendy canal-side bars, shops and restaurants.
Amid these sweeping redevelopments, an ecosystem of pop-up retail has begun to thrive. Coal Drops Yard, for example, is a vibrant mix of indie stores, curated brands and food outlets with its waterfront setting, cobblestone streets and Victorian brick arches provide a colourful backdrop to a convergence point of East, North and South that is rapidly becoming London’s most important.
Sitting in the shadow of one of the UK's busiest and best-connected transport hubs, the area holds its own when it comes to attracting the major players in the world of tech, advertising, music, retail and higher education. Google, Facebook, The Office Group, Louis Vuitton, Havas, Central St Martins and PRS for Music are just some of the big companies in town.
In the last five years, King’s Cross/Euston has seen a 26.9% increase in rental growth.
In the area…
If you're up early and fancy and early morning swim or gym session, a new public leisure centre at Five Pancras Square features two swimming pools, a 90-station gym and two exercise studios. For those that like their workouts on the boutique end of the workout spectrum, there's the uber-trendy TRX-focused fitness centre studio Equilibrium and celebrity favourite Barry's Bootcamp.
The ersatz warehouse Granary Building is home to the ever-popular Granary Square Brasserie and tea and cake emporium Yumchaa. For all-day drinking, impromptu liquid lunches or informal business meetings, head to The Lighterman, which spans three floors and has its own terrace with great views across the canal.
KERB King’s Cross, which converges on Granary Square, is one of the capital's most popular street food markets, packed with lunchtime workers exploring new cuisines – think Afghani dumplings and fish tacos, to fried rice pudding balls!
During warm weather head down to Granary Square's canal-side steps – a faux grass amphitheatre primed for screenings and performances, which are held regularly during the summer months.
Gastropub fare at The Lighterman
The Lighterman – featuring a canal terrace
Central Saint Martins – cutting edge arts and fashion
KERB Kings Cross
St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel
The nearby Regents Canal
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Industrial revolution meets technology revolution
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