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The best things to do in King’s Cross

Discover all the best things to do in and around King’s Cross and St Pancras, plus the best restaurants, pubs, bars and hotels in the area

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King’s Cross might be best known for its bustling train stations linking London to other parts of the country, as well as the continent, but a recent host of developments have regenerated the area, with new restaurants, bars and pubs popping up (check out just how much of a transformation King’s Cross has been through here).

There are plenty of other things to do as well, with outstanding clubs, music venues and museums nearby, much-loved green spaces and a pretty stretch of Regent’s Canal, all of which makes King’s Cross an ace destination in its own right. If you’re feeling cultured, pop to the famous British Library which boasts an impressive events calendar packed with exhibitions and talks all year long. Shop at the brand new Coal Drops Yard and, if you end up feeling peckish, wander over to Kerb food market or the restaurants that line Granary Square. We absolutely understand if you need to make a detour to King’s Cross station for your snap at Harry Potter’s Platform 9¾, too. Here’s all the best things to do in King’s Cross. 

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Things to do in King’s Cross

Coal Drops Yard

Coal Drops Yard

A brand new shopping area born out of what was once a Victorian coal depot

Kerb

Kerb

Sensational street-food vendors pitched at Granary Square

Bars in King’s Cross

Supermax

Supermax

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • price 2 of 4

I almost stayed until closing time at Supermax, fuelling up on happy hour aperitivi before chair-grooving to similarly Italian-influenced disco (okay, after a...

Booking Office

Booking Office

  • 5 out of 5 stars

The unstoppable uplift of the King’s Cross area brings a new bar/restaurant nearly every week, but the Booking Office remains the undisputed champion for...

The Racketeer

The Racketeer

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • price 2 of 4

The King’s Cross clean-up is hard to ignore, with Granary Square at its beating heart. But new life is spreading down the area’s arteries. Take The...

Double Standard

Double Standard

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • price 2 of 4

No, you haven’t stepped into the Transport Museum. This bar with its ‘TfL-inspired’ interior is at London’s Standard Hotel and it’s one of London’s coolest new...

Restaurants in King’s Cross

Hicce

Hicce

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • price 2 of 4

A buzzy, good-time place above fashionable Wolf & Badger

Dishoom

Dishoom

  • 4 out of 5 stars

A three-storey Victorian warehouse channelling the elegant feel of 1930s Bombay

Coal Office

Coal Office

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • price 3 of 4

Can’t choose between The Palomar and The Barbary? Now you don’t have to. 

Pubs in King’s Cross

Queen’s Head

Queen’s Head

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • price 2 of 4

A couple of hundred yards from the heart of King’s Cross rejuvenation is this on-trend but individualistic oasis. It’s a compact Victorian...

The Scottish Stores

The Scottish Stores

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • price 2 of 4

I never went to The Scottish Stores in its previous incarnation. Because until late last year the building housed The Flying Scotsman, a strip club where (I’m...

The Lighterman

The Lighterman

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • price 2 of 4

Situated in a brand-new three-floor building in the redeveloped plaza behind King’s Cross station, The Lighterman has that feeling of being fresh out of the...

King Charles I

King Charles I

  • 3 out of 5 stars

Hidden from the outside world, this homely pub provides rare ales, many whiskies, a roaring fire and the day’s papers to the surprisingly few regulars who...

Hotels in King’s Cross

The perfect weekend in King’s Cross

Eat: Dishoom

Eat: Dishoom

  • 4 out of 5 stars

1930s Bombay in a Victorian warehouse