King’s Cross has been transformed since I first stepped off the Northern Line in 2003. In particular, the area around the station. There’s a cool, new-age Skip Garden (charity, café, allotment hybrid), flats for people to actually live in, aesthetically-perfect flat whites, cinema, gym, beauty bar, open spaces. And, as of next week, a Jigsaw store. All it needs is a new postcode. Let us show you around N1C…
In a sea of 160 shops (*self-promotion klaxon alert*), one stands out… the new Jigsaw store. “King’s Cross is one of the most exciting developments I have witnessed in London,” says Peter Ruis, Jigsaw CEO. “A wonderful hybrid of creativity, commerce, travel and education, fused into the ultimate residential location and Jigsaw had to be a part of it.”
You’ll be spoilt for choice, with 24 restaurants, cafes and bars. We visited in the morning, so settled for flat whites at Grain Store. Next trip, we’ll be timing our visit for lunch at the Skip Garden. There’s an allotment on site, from which ingredients are used in the cute café. It’s a lovely charitable project that works with schools and businesses. They keep bees, too.
A film at the Everyman Cinema. Currently, it’s a cosy, 35-seat cinema – there’s no lobby, just the screen with a well-stocked bar to slope off to. Later in the year, a three-screen Everyman will open. Or, see an exhibition at House of Illustration or The Lethaby Gallery, courtesy of Central St Martins. The fashion college also hosts the Platform Theatre.
Absolutely nothing in the 26 acres of new parks, squares and open spaces. Or, if you have the energy, try a class at Frame (image below). For something in between, you could get a haircut at Radio (image above) whilst admiring works of art by up-and-coming artists.
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