People & Stories

  • Meet Mr. Coal Drops

    After two and a half decades watching over the yard, Allan Horton has borne ultimate witness to some tasty chapters of King’s Cross history

    After two and a half decades watching over the yard, Allan Horton has borne ultimate witness to some tasty chapters of King’s Cross history. more >>
  • Hang Out Here

    When a hotel is as alluring as The Standard, always remember the full experience isn’t only the preserve of the overnight guests, says Tom more >>
  • Quality Iconic Parisian Style

    The timeless French brand A.P.C. brings its classic pieces to Coal Drops Yard, says Stephen Emms It’s always a pleasure to climb Coal Drops Yard’ more >>
  • Fashioning A Radical Future

    Celebrated art and design institution Central Saint Martins has been through multiple upheavals and come out stronger. But will it continue to thrive in more >>
  • I Am Sustainable

    With its bikes and canals, famously progressive spirit, and now direct trains from St Pancras, Amsterdam screams sustainable city break

    The Dutch capital has long been a hotspot for Brits seeking a short burst of urban exploration. Hopping on a bargainous flight bound for more >>
  • The Art of the Album

    Rising star Tom Tripp picks his five most cherished albums and how the design of their covers has influenced him as much as the music

    Rising star Tom Tripp talks us through his five most cherished albums and how the graphic design of their covers has influenced him as more >>
  • KX: Design destination

    Laura Houseley is lit up by the promise of the London Design Festival in King’s Cross The London Design Festival drew approximately 588,000 visitors more >>
  • Denim to Live and Dream by

    Blackhorse Lane Ateliers tailors jeans that are as desirable to style geeks as they are to sustainability champs

    Blackhorse Lane Ateliers tailors jeans that are as desirable to style geeks as they are to sustainability champs. Katie Baron indulges her denim desires more >>
  • Nothing to see here

    A nightclub has opened in London Design Festival’s newest district, but you won’t want to stay for long. Martino Gamper’s site-specific installation in Coal more >>
  • Suitable Sustainable

    Bright ideas that won’t cost us the earth on show at London Design Festival

    London Design Festival in King’s Cross is dominated by bright ideas that won’t cost the earth. Words: Tom Kihl Twenty-nineteen already stands out as more >>
  • The Blade Runners

    Sharpen your knowledge of Japanese knives and a whole lot more with London’s self-proclaimed cookery kit obsessives, Kitchen Provisions

    Here to sharpen up your knowledge of Japanese knives — and a whole lot more — are London’s self-proclaimed cookery kit obsessives, Kitchen Provisions more >>
  • Heaven Scent

    Delve into the emotive world of scent with Earl of East

    For too long, our olfactory experience of place has been a bit of an afterthought. But now the nose increasingly leads the way, Tom more >>
  • Honest to Goodness

    Ben Osborne looks back at the history of one of London’s most iconic and enduring record shops - Honest Jon's

    Ben Osborne looks back at the history of one of London’s most iconic and enduring record shops Specialist record shops, like their products, are more >>
  • Night Fever

    Channel the 'high-rise' glamour of 1970s Europop this spring

    Disco balls, velvet and Europop at new underground cocktail bar, Supermax. Channel the glamour of the 1970s with our edit of spring fashion from more >>
  • Taking A Stand On Style

    Dive into London's sustainable fashion scene

    With its white-hot tech innovations and eco-ethical entrepreneurial brilliance, London is the world pioneer in sustainable style, writes Katie Baron. Finally, sustainable fashion can more >>
  • Rockin’ Rotterdam

    A design-led local guide to Rotterdam

    A reinvented city home to innovative architecture, café culture and waterways, Rotterdam beats Amsterdam as the smart traveller’s next Dutch destination. Bart Bergmeijer and more >>
  • What Is Fine Wine, Anyway?

    Uncorking the world of 'fine wine'

    The old cliché of posh, middle-aged men swirling and spitting is out. A fresh new crop of winemakers are leading the way with intuition, more >>
  • The Community STORE

    A look at the creative and playful collective that is STORE Studio at Coal Drops Yard

    In the middle of sleek Coal Drops Yard, Sophie Harris discovers STORE studio, home to a plucky design collective inspiring more than just the more >>
  • A Mark In Time

    Journey through the global history of the art of tattooing

    London may be a modern-day tattoo mecca, but body art is no passing trend. Jesse Loncraine and Flannery Miller probe a tradition that dates more >>
  • Arts Alive

    Claudia Baillie talks craftsmanship with Véronique Piedeleu, the co-owner of the innovative interior brand Caravane

    For twenty-five years French lifestyle brand, Caravane, has collaborated with artisans around the world to create its unique homewares. Claudia Baillie talks to co-owner, Vé more >>
  • Gonna Make You Sweat

    Lyndsey Winship looks into the energising new ways to get your groove on at King's Cross

    Dancing can stave off dementia, boost your brain and give you a body like Beyoncé. So what’s stopping you? Lyndsey Winship limbers up to more >>
  • Inside Job

    An insight into Redemption Roasters the coffee shop that gives young offenders a second shot

    With its state-of-the-art coffee roasting facility at HM Prison Aylesbury, Redemption Roasters at Coal Drops Yard is giving young offenders a second shot at more >>
  • Human Nature

    Eco-volunteering makes us happier, strengthens communities and protects biodiversity

    Eco-volunteering makes us happier, strengthens communities and protects biodiversity. Oliver Balch gets his hands dirty investigating opportunities to help in King’s Cross Wednesday, 6.45pm. more >>
  • Meet the Tastemakers

    The lastest foodie openings at Coal Drops Yard including Redemption Roasters, hicce, and Vermuteria

    The opening of historic Coal Drops Yard brings with it a glut of carefully-chosen food and drink producers, from welcoming wine bars to coffee more >>
  • Be All Consumed

    A look at Coal Drops Yard through the senses

    From the architecture to the olfactory design, retail destination Coal Drops Yard isn’t just a feast for the eyes, says Katie Baron, it’s a more >>
  • Autumn Acquirements

    Shop for the cooler weather at Coal Drops Yard

    Coal Drops Yard is here and shopping in KX just got serious. Get ready for autumn with Tamsin Crimmens’ picks of the best homewares, food, more >>
  • A Brave New World

    An entire street made up of experimental stores, studios and galleries on Lower Stable Street

    It’s never been done before. Meet the creative trailblazers opening their doors on Lower Stable Street — the only place where a magazine has more >>
  • Return of The Coal Office

    The genius behind The Barbary restaurant opens a new eatery in King's Cross

    Assaf Granit and Tom Dixon call the kitchen at The Coal Office restaurant, ‘the engine room’. Part stage, part gastronomic petri dish, it is more >>
  • From Bagley’s to Spiritland

    A look at the rich clubbing history of King's Cross with a former TimeOut nightlife editor

    Dave Swindells delves into the history of King’s Cross and its iconic clubbing scene, which is still infused into the fabric of the area… more >>
  • The Willy Wonka Dream

    Master chocolatier Alain Ducasse brings a taste of his infamous confectionary to London

    Making chocolate was Alain Ducasse’s childhood dream… this autumn he will open his latest vision for Le Chocolat in King’s Cross. Lucky London, says more >>
  • A Meeting of Masters

    Paul Smith and Tom Dixon on their careers, London, and moving to King's Cross

    Two of the UK design scene’s famous faces, Paul Smith and Tom Dixon, discuss modern retail, moving to KX and their love of London more >>
  • Back to the Future

    Exploring the relationship between the long history of King's Cross and the digital age

    Steeped in history, the music scene in King’s Cross was vibrant and is still infused in the fabric of the area. New retailers and more >>
  • Eat Your Hart Out

    An interview with Sam Hart as he opens three new venues in Coal Drops Yard

    Sam Hart revolutionised eating out with the tiny, no-reservations, tapas restaurants, Barrafina. Now he’s bringing a taste of Spain to Coal Drops Yard with more >>
  • The Ultimate ‘Restaurer’

    An insight into London's restaurants from veteran critic Nicholas Lander

    With almost three decades spent as a restaurant critic, it’s fair to say Nicholas Lander has seen plenty of restaurants come and go. Here, more >>
  • The Sound of Summer

    Cubitt Sessions is back! With a free music programme of live music from Wed 25 July to Sun 12 Aug

    Cubitt Sessions offer the best free music and performance art in London this summer. Tommy Melville profiles three acts to look out for… Casting an more >>
  • Modern Marble

    Meet the architects bringing their pop-up product design exhibition to King's Cross

    The nomadic architects behind Matter of Stuff are bringing their pop-up design and research gallery to King’s Cross this summer. Author Jesse Loncraine and more >>
  • Industrial Design

    An insight into Tom Dixon's latest creative venture at King's Cross

    Tom Dixon’s multi-faceted UK headquarters are the newest addition to King’s Cross’ creative landscape, where visitors have the opportunity to become makers in the more >>
  • Who What Wear

    Serious style inspiration from the SS18 18montrose collection

    18montrose and the Gasholders apartments sure do make for stylish neighbours. Set against the backdrop of Gasholders distinctive interiors, the latest SS18 trends from more >>
  • Tom, Paul & Design

    British design giants Tom Dixon and Paul Smith on creativity and global inspiration

    Two giants of British design talk creativity, collaborations and changing the landscape of King’s Cross with Ben Spriggs, editor of ELLE Decoration.  On the more >>
  • Get The Look

    Design duo Matter of Stuff are providing some artful home inspiration this summer

    Add a little raw elegance to your home with Matter of Stuff’s curated collection of artful designs. Invites you to Touch £4,335–£14,000 The Veiled (Tables) more >>
  • Plant Power

    Exploring 2018's biggest food trend

    Today there are seven times more vegans in the UK than two years ago. Rebecca Seal investigates how living on plants went from being more >>
  • Breaking The Golden Rule

    Meet Maya Magal, the jewellery designer redefining cool

    Georgie Lane-Godfrey meets Maya Magal, the contemporary jeweller bringing her signature style to Coal Drops Yard. When you’re the granddaughter of a renowned jeweller more >>
  • Artists in Residence

    Discover four of the most exciting new artists making waves in London

    Now two years old, Sid Motion Gallery has become a hub of new art talent — from absurd portraits of millennial life to lensing more >>
  • Amsterdam Adventure

    Lauren Ho boards the Eurostar to experience the picturesque canal houses, waterways and world-class museums that make Amsterdam one of Europe’s most popular cities more >>
  • Get the No.12 Look

    Some serious interior inspiration from No.12 design studio

    The super-stylish interiors of Gasholders London come courtesy of design studio No. 12. Here, No. 12’s Emma and Katie select their favourite pieces to more >>
  • Spring Style

    You don’t need to go far to pick up some great buys this season...

    No.1 · Cactus City Aflorum | 36 Caledonian Rd, N1 9DT Indoor greenery is all well and good, but when we’re heading off more >>
  • London Libation

    Why London is the best place in the world to drink

    William Beatty, 28, is the bar manager at Granary Square Brasserie. He grew up in east London and has worked in bars and restaurants more >>
  • The Sharpest Cut

    An interview with Richard Marshall, director of Pall Mall barbershop

    It’s been a while since any man has popped to a King’s Cross barber shop to have a tooth pulled. Or, for that matter, more >>
  • Courage in the Curation

    Meet the women behind No12, the rebellious interior design studio

    It’s not often that a London-design studio pride themselves on being completely ‘un-London’. Yet for Emma Rayner and Katie Earl, the duo behind interior more >>
  • Method in the Makers

    Two London accessories brands bringing the handmade renaissance to Coal Drops Yard

    Thanks to a new generation of visionary ‘makers’, craft has become synonymous with credibility. Katie Baron meets two London accessories brands bringing the handmade more >>
  • Thinking through Drawing

    The creative process of Chris Wilkinson, architect of the mighty Gasholders

    Gasholders’ architect Chris Wilkinson reaches for his propelling pencil and sketchbook when seeking inspiration for his projects, whether they are high, low, complex or (deceptively) more >>
  • Making Scents

    A glimpse into the inspiration behind Miller Harris' incredible perfumes

    The perfume industry is big business. Huge, in fact, with UK perfume sales rumoured to top £1.5 billion a year. Yet this powerful money-making more >>
  • Where to eat al fresco

    A round-up of the best places to eat outdoors at King's Cross

    Lunch in the park Spring mornings spent in back-to-back meetings in air-conditioned offices mean that when it comes to lunch time, all you feel more >>
  • A work in progress

    Charting the evolution of iconic fashion brand Carhartt WIP

    Those in-the-know will spot the white label, 20mm square, with a swirl of yellow. That’s the Carhartt WIP logo. Like the brand itself, it isn’ more >>
  • Recipe of the Month: Black Bean Brownies

    Naughty-but-nice healthy treats from chef Adria Wu

    This month’s recipe from Maple & King’s Adria Wu is the ultimate comfort food: gooey-on-the-inside, crispy-on-the-outside brownies! As usual with the Le Cordon Bleu-trained chef, however, more >>
  • Cocktail recipes

    Create Granary Square Brasserie's three new delicious signature serves at home

    William Beatty, 28, is the bar manager at Granary Square Brasserie. He grew up in east London and has worked in bars and restaurants more >>
  • Recipe of the Month: Quinoa Scotch Eggs

    Quinoa scotch eggs from Maple and King's

    They may look like a handful but these crisp-cased, runny-centred treats are easy enough to make when you know how.
 This month the classic more >>
  • King’s Cross Academy – a Sensory Study

    New school, new rules

    New School, New Rules Meeting the different emotional needs of young children is a key aim for King’s Cross Academy’s head teacher Emyr Fairburn. more >>
  • A Feast for the Senses

    Three top chefs from King's Cross discuss the importance of scent, texture and how memories have influenced their culinary journeys

    Taste may be the most important sense when it comes to food, but cooking — and eating — involves every one of them. Three more >>
  • Comfort Dressing

    Welcome to duvet day dressing for the digital generation, writes Lauren Cochrane

    KX Quarterly commissioned fashion photographer Dean Martindale to capture people in King’s Cross who take their comfort as seriously as their work Dressing in more >>
  • Come Home to Music

    Stable Street’s Spiritland is a shrine to music, bringing acoustic perfection, great food, cocktails and chilled vibes to the neighbourhood

    Wrap your ears in soothing sounds from Stable Street’s Spiritland King’s Cross’ shrine to music and the ultimate destination for those that search for more >>
  • Cambridge Calling

    An hour from King’s Cross by train, the historic market town of Cambridge proves to be a glorious getaway

    When travelling with kids, the easier the better. Grab the snacks at the train station and a seat by the window, sit back and more >>
  • Let the Light In

    Tamsin Crimmens explores the transformative power of sunlight

    The transformative power of sunlight As anyone who has gazed at the sun rising or setting can attest, sunlight can have a transformative effect more >>
  • Five Years of Festive Firs

    Tommy Melville takes a look back at King’s Cross’ unconventional Yuletide centrepieces

    2017 – Joanne Tatham + Tom O’ Sullivan Does The Iterative Fit Artists, Tatham and O’Sullivan, have been collaborating since the mid-nineties and are more >>
  • German Switch Craft

    Magician, disruptor, prankster: German artist Tobias Rehberger is at Gasholders

    Tobias Rehberger: magician, disruptor, prankster The German artist Tobias Rehberger likes to bedazzle, bother and bewilder, but always in the best ways possible. Rehberger’s more >>
  • Left Handed Slaters

    Jonathan Donovan meets the father and son roofing team helping to shape Coal Drops Yard

    A thoroughly modern design meets centuries-old tradition Coal Drops Yard was once where London received delivery of its coal. In less than a year, more >>

    Ben Spriggs, Executive Editor of ELLE Decoration uncovers the design show's second year at King’s Cross.

    Every September, the London Design Festival takes over the UK’s capital, filling the city with the latest in UK product design and both architectural more >>
  • home is where the art is

    The North London artist, Catherine Borowski, is on a mission to make art accessible. Find out more.

    Diggers, rat catchers, and Google: telling the Kings Cross story As an artist and a passionate North Londoner, it is apt that Catherine Borowski more >>

    With hair, spa and beauty treatments, Radio hair salon takes care of looking and feeling good. Here's how.

    What’s the secret to the perfect blow dry? “A combination of the right products and great tools,” says Corrado Tevere, owner and Creative Director more >>

    Here we talk life and work with Plimsoll Building concierge, Zoran Marjanović

    Zoran Marjanović, 43, moved to the United Kingdom 17 years ago and has since worked at a number of London’s five-star hotels. Two years more >>

    Esquire's Deputy Style Editor curates the best pieces to buy now here at King's Cross

    EL-8 Headphones by Audeze at Spiritland 9 – 10 Stable Street, N1C 4AB Among many other complicated things, these over-ear headphones use magnetic technology more >>

    Versace’s gilded interpretation of rock gods and goddesses march into King’s Cross for LFW

    The original high-octane, exhibitionist fashion rebellion Versace is arguably the most rock-n-roll luxury brand in the world. Its leading lady, the indomitable Donatella, epitomises more >>

    Is it really possible to explore the shops of Paris in just one day? We sent Cat Byers on the Eurostar to find out...

    One very early alarm and a quick snooze on the train, and before I know it I’m blinking sleepily into the bright Paris morning more >>

    Here is what we can expect from the designjunction's most ambitious year yet.

    Q: Why is designjunction the future of international design shows? A: We’ve always strived to set trends rather than follow them. We started by more >>

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