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Coal Drops Yard

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Coal Drops Yard

Time Out says

Here’s a fact for you: it’s impossible for a shopping district that’s born out of what was once a Victorian coal depot to be anything other than ultra cool and trendy. Worlds away from your standard Westfield (much as we love the multiplex), the list of stores, bars and restaurants in Coal Drops Yard is pretty alternative. Of the shops, some, you may know - Aesop, Cos, Paul Smith - but most will be completely new (and also your new obsession), such as LA label Twiin and mensware bouqitue Universal Works. On the food and drink front you’ll find a new outpost for the trusty tapas restaurant Barrafina nestled among edgy new eateries and concept bars. Check out El Pastor for tacos and Bodega Rita's for deli food inspired by the corner stores of NYC.

By: Anna Bonet



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I've always really liked King's cross area and I was very excited to visit the Coal Drops Yard when it opened! I must say I am not disappointed. There is a lot of really nice shops and great places to eat and drink. My first impression though was that everything seemed to be way too posh and not affordable at all. I have visited the area a bit more since the first time and I have managed to find some places with decent prices like Vermuteria for instance. Even though everybody cannot afford to shop there, it's still a nice walk and a nice place for a drink.


So many food markets & destination shopping places seem to have opened in south & east London in the past 12 months which makes the fact the Coal Drops Yard is ten minutes walk from home in N1 very appealing. Add to this the fact that there are some gorgeous dining options on offer, that it boasts aspirational stores by the bucket-load and that some serious cash has clearly been spent on the look and feel of the place and you can see why it's become one of the most-talked about openings of the last six months in the capital.

Easy to find and laid out over two main floors with (prepare to stand up and cheer now all those of the female persuasion) plenty of clean, easy-to-locate toilets, the way the brick arches have been utilised is beautiful and makes everything feel as thought it's been there forever and not had its plastic sheeting removed barely weeks ago. High end in the extreme - Cos and Paul Smith are as low-key and chain-esque as it gets - places like Wolf & Badger tick every gifting option you could ever need catered for with a whole slew of independent brands available inside their dreamy- So-Cal vibing space while spots like Alain Ducasse' chocolate & coffee boutique offer the sort of slightly-eye-watering-but-definitely-worth-it treats that'll make you the present queen of your friendship circle.

Come the warmer months, I have no doubt this place will become a mecca for those wanting to eat & drink away the long summer evenings - so, the whole of London then - but even now in the depths of inky nights, you're well catered for. Try a dozen types of vermouth while washing down a dozen small plates at Vermuteria, go Spanish with the somewhat-legendary Barrafina upstairs or head to Mexico at Plaza Pastor where you can wrap yourself in a blanket while you drink a frozen margarita and debate the meaning of irony. 

Exploring the Yard in the what-day-of-the-week-is-it-again time period that slips between Christmas and New Year meant that it was beautifully peaceful but if you're looking for a new part of town to get to know in 2019, head here now, mark out your favourite spots then spend the next twelve months ticking them off.

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