King's Cross area guide

Discover the best restaurants, pubs and bars in King’s Cross

Granary Square, Kings Cross Central

King's Cross may best be known for King's Cross and St Pancras stations, but there is much more to the area than trains and platforms. Regeneration in the 1990s has seen the area flourish. The bars and pubs range from traditional to achingly hip, and the restaurants feature everything from British to Ethiopian cuisine. There are a host of other things to do as well, with outstanding clubs, music venues and museums nearby, all of which makes King's Cross a destination in its own right.

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Eating and drinking in King's Cross

Restaurants

King's Cross restaurants

Going out for a meal in King's Cross should be so much more than grabbing something at a station stall before catching your train, though you'll need to know where you're heading to find something special. This list of recommended restaurants near King's Cross St Pancras will help. Think we've missed a great restaurant in King's Cross? Let us know in the comment box below.

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Bars and pubs

King's Cross bars and pubs

After decades of being a hub for travellers, King's Cross is becoming a destination in its own right. Case in point: the number of bars and pubs in the area. Bar Pepito it an Andalucían sherry bar and VOC is modelled on a seventeenth-century punch house. Think we've missed a great drinking spot in King's Cross? Let us know in the comment box below.

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King's Cross highlights

Attractions

British Library

A copy of every publication produced in the UK and Ireland is sent to The British Library – an institute that has amassed a collection of more than 150 million items and adds some 3 million new items each year. The public can apply for access to the reading rooms, or simply explore the permanent and temporary exhibits in the John Ritblat Gallery. Here, some of the most famous written and printed items in the world are displayed, and you might see the Lindisfarne Gospels, Shakespeare’s first Folio, Handel’s Messiah, the Gutenberg Bible, drafts of the Magna Carta and the Beatles’ manuscripts. Discover more great things to do in King's Cross

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Attractions

Granary Square

Filled with choreographed fountains (1,080 water spouts, operating 8am-8pm daily, and lit in many colours at night), the square’s terracing down to the canal is populated most sunny days. No wonder: there’s a ready supply of students from Central Saint Martins, which in 2011 moved into the building behind- a sensitively and impressively converted, Grade II-listed 1850s industrial building. The square is also home to the House of Illustration – a gallery an education space dedicated to promoting and celebrating illustration. Discover more great things to do in King's Cross

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Museums

London Canal Museum

The people, vessels, trade and wildlife of the capital’s canals are explored in the London Canal Museum. The museum is housed in a former nineteenth-century ice warehouse, used by Carlo Gatti for his ice cream, and includes an exhibit on the little-known trade in ice imported from Norway and once stored in two huge wells beneath the museum. This is perhaps the most interesting part of the London Canal Museum; the collection looking at the history of the waterways and those who worked in them is rather sparse by comparison. The canalside walk from here to Camden Town is most enjoyable too.

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Things to do

Wellcome Collection

Sir Henry Wellcome, a pioneering 19th-century pharmacist, amassed a vast and idiosyncratic collection of implements and curios relating to the medical trade, now displayed here. In addition to these fascinating and often grisly items-ivory carvings of pregnant women, used guillotine blades, Napoleon’s toothbrush- there are several serious works of modern art, most on display in a smaller room to one side of the main chamber of curiosities. The temporary exhibitions are often brilliant and come with all manner of associated events, from talks to walks. The Wellcome remains open while undergoing a £17.5 million development project, which will open up even more areas of the building to the public: in autumn 2014, it should reopen fully with a new second gallery and the ‘Reading Room’, which will be a combination of library, gallery and event space. Read more about The Wellcome Collection's weirdest exhibits

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