Welcome! The doors to many of your favourite bars, restaurants and cafés are open! Staff have been busy behind the scenes to make sure you get the dining experience you love while taking every precaution to keep you safe.
As well as sanitation stations, we have added lots of extra seating throughout King’s Cross, meaning you can take advantage of our eateries al fresco. You can find a full breakdown of all our safety measures here.
There are 26 acres of open space in Kings Cross, much of it car-free, so there is plenty of space to take the inside out while keeping everyone at a safe and comfortable distance. For takeaway, there are café tables at Coal Drops Yard and Granary Square, and as always, lots of beautiful spots to picnic in the parks, gardens, and on the banks of the canal. So you can now meet a friend for brunch, grab a coffee with your mum, or catch up over cocktails.
Lina in Piazza
Lina Stores is ready to transport you to Italy with its new al fresco restaurant. Situated just outside its current restaurant, the new space is delightfully called Lina in Piazza and is on Lewis Cubitt Square.
On the menu, you’ll find favourite summer dishes including antipasti, panini, and (naturally!) lots and lots of fresh homemade pasta. Meanwhile, drinks will be shaken and stirred from the charming Piaggio Ape mobile bar. From August, a gelato cart will join the set-up for gelati and sorbetti to go.
Perched among the greenery on the upper level of Coal Drops Yard is Spanish alfresco terrace bar and grill, Parrillan. The hook here is the ‘parillas’: mini charcoal grills with white-hot coats that are brought to your table for you to cook your own ingredients. Elegant slices of beef picanha, fat bright red carabinero prawns and juicy red peppers are all pre-seasoned and ready for you to chargrill and bring out that mouth-watering deliciousness.
If you’d rather have someone else do the cooking (and with Barrafina’s executive chef Angel Zapata Martin in the kitchen, it’s a respectable choice) there are ‘para picas’, or small plates to choose from. The drinks list is well worth a mention too, if only for how hard it works to showcase Spanish produce. Choose from elegant cocktails, sherry, vermut, a cracking Spanish gin and tonic list, beers and wine.
The Coal Office
Floor-to-ceiling doors open out onto this industrial-chic rooftop terrace, which offers delightful views of Coal Drops Yard’s ‘kissing’ roof and the iconic gasholders to one side. While on the other, the canal gently meanders below, with the greenery of Camley Street nature reserve providing the backdrop.
Great views aside, there’s plenty more to shout about here. The Coal Office is a collaboration between design powerhouse Tom Dixon, who had a hand in every element of the interiors down to the cutlery, and chef supremo Assaf Granit. Jerusalem-born Granit’s vibrant sharing plates are as loud and buzzy as the open kitchen, with influences stretching along the Mediterranean from the Middle East to North Africa.
Casa and Plaza Pastor
On sultry summer evenings, there’s only one place to be: Plaza Pastor. Well, maybe sunset-watching in Yucatan, but Plaza Pastor comes a solid second. Upbeat good mood vibes come courtesy of live music, a smoking chicken rotisserie and brimming jugs of tequila-based cocktails – including their own batch mezcal – designed to share. The covered terrace is essentially the outside space of sibling restaurant Casa Pastor but with its own bar, open kitchen and a more laid-back menu. Try the classics – tacos, tortillas and fat tortas buns filled with meat and veggies from the robata grill.
Drake & Morgan
It’s always cocktail hour at Drake & Morgan, so be sure to check out the list of classics or the more inventive ‘inspired’ list. Food-wise, there are small plates, salads, and burgers, but for alfresco dining, food straight from the grill is a must. As evening draws in, cosy blankets and hot water bottles are on hand to keep you toasty. Four-legged friends are welcome.
One of the most exciting restaurants at Coal Drops Yard is Hicce, with cooking by Murano-trained chef Pip Lacey. The outdoor space is perched just outside the handsome red-brick vaulted windows, and, according to the Hicce team – offers the finest view of the sunset in the entire city. The terrace has a shorter menu than the main restaurant but acts as a highlight reel of the uber-modern fare served inside. The inventive dishes are mainly wood-fired, with lots of steaming, smoking, and pickling. The beer bread is worth the visit alone.
If you’re here for liquid refreshments, there is a pretty outdoor bar serving heady cocktails, craft beers, and small-batch wines. Throughout the summer, don’t miss Sundowner Sundays on the terrace, when Hicce DJs will be easing you through your Sunday comedown with funk, rare groove, reggae, and soul.
Nothing tastes like summer quite like a Spritz, and the ever-charming Vermuteria is just the spot to enjoy one. Nestled at the top of Coal Drops Yard, the all-day cafe and bar spills out onto a pretty courtyard terrace. Tables are festooned with strings of twinkling lights and dotted with heaters to ward off any evening chill.
On the menu, find classic Spritzes (hello Aperol) or delve into the heady world of vermouths – Vermuteria’s speciality – to create your own serve. Add a handful of friends, some delicious tapas-style small plates, and soak up the last of those summer rays.
Overlooking the canal, The Lighterman has not one, but three outside eating options, so you can chase the sun all day long. The generous wraparound terrace on the first floor has panoramic views over the square and the canal. If you don’t manage to bag a spot here, then you’ve still got the terrace on Granary Square. Or best of all, the canalside bar right on the towpath. The all-day menu features marinated meat and seafood cooked on a wood-fired grill alongside classics such as the rare breed beef burger and fish & chips. On the drinks front, there’s a great seasonal cocktail menu, plus craft beers and well-chosen wines.
Popular eatery Caravan was the first restaurant to open at King’s Cross. It was an instant hit and continues to pull the crowds. Dishes draw influence and flavours from around the world and are best enjoyed as small plates made for sharing. The sunny terrace is popular from morning to night. The breakfasts here are excellent and the coffee is roasted daily, in-house. There’s no better spot to watch the activity in the square.
Facing onto Lewis Cubitt Park,the Arabica terrace is perfectly placed to catch the last few rays of sunshine in the evening. The food is modern Middle Eastern, with dishes drawing inspiration from sun-soaked Levantine – hot, fluffy flatbreads, salty halloumi, creamy hummus, smokey aubergine and sweet little jewels of pomegranate, all designed to be shared and very, very moreish.
Granary Square Brasserie
All-day restaurant Granary Square Brasserie boasts a pretty terrace overlooking the fountains. Seating is nestled amongst greenery, and there are heaters and blankets should a chill set in. The GSB menu is full of beautifully cooked classics – in fact, your biggest concern is going to be what to choose from the fairly sizeable but stellar menu. There’s a variety of light salads, fish dishes, comfort-food favourites such as pies, roasts and curries, artisan sandwiches, and a host of carefully-sourced steaks, fish and burgers from the grill. Our insider tip? Whatever you go for, be sure to add on as many sides as you can handle – especially the truffle and parmesan chips. Oh, and the weekend brunch is a worth crossing town for, too.
Spiritland is a cool little cafe by day and a very mellow bar-slash-music venue by night, with their world-class sound system oozing out uber-cool tunes from early until late. The wood-clad outdoor seating area sits on Stable Street, and provides a lovely setting to watch the crowds drift by. Order a drink and a few nibbles from their small plates section, and settle in to soak in the vibes. Be warned though: seating here can fill up quickly, so be prepared to go early to nab a spot.
The German Gymnasium was the first purpose-built gym in England. This beautiful building is now home to a restaurant of the same name serving punchy Mittel-European inspired dishes and delicious cocktails all day long. The sleek wraparound terrace is heated for when the chill sets in. If you’re here for a late lunch, be sure to leave room for dessert, as at 4pm, a clock chimes to mark the classic German tradition of kaffee & kuchen. The Sacher torte and apple strudel are top-notch.
As you walk up King’s Boulevard, you can’t miss the striking twisted iron columns of Vinoteca. Inspired by the wine bars of Spain and Italy, the super-comfy seating on Vinoteca’s pretty terrace cries out for an evening spent sampling the exceptional wines. Let the knowledgable staff recommend a glass of something chilled and delicious, and pair it with plate of summery flavours. Try the shrimp, fennel and juicy pink grapefruit, or the gorgeously earthy parmigiana.
Restaurants and cafes offering takeaway
As well as the above, a number of restaurants are open for takeaway only. Why not make a picnic of it in one of our beautiful parks or outdoor seating areas.
In Coal Drops Yard, you’ll find hicce Mkt, Morty & Bobs and their famous grilled cheese and fancy sandwich shop Sons + Daughters. In search of a coffee? Head to Redemption Roasters on Stable Street or Notes on Pancras Square. Or if you’re more in the mood for a good beer while soaking up the sunshine by the canal pick up an IPA or two from our resident off-licence House of Cans on Lower Stable Street.
You’ll find burgers to die for at Beer + Burger Store on York Way and Cut + Grind in The Urbanest Building at the top of Canal Reach. For delicious fermented dough pizza, head to Happy Face on Handyside Street, Italian dishes that your nonna would approve of at Lina Stores, and Sri-Lankan street-food inspired deliciousness at Hoppers. For dessert, take a stroll to Ruby Violet, where you’ll find ice cream and sorbets in all sorts of delectable favour combos.