Why King’s Cross is this season’s must-see hot spot
Looking to throw yourself into the Christmas spirit? Whether you’re hoping to shop, eat or be merry, every Londoner should pay the King’s Cross neighbourhood a visit this winter – where they’ve headed off-piste with a sophisticated après-ski atmosphere.
Though many people know of King’s Cross for its station, Eurostar connections to Europe and Platform 9 3/4, to others it’s a vibrant neighbourhood bustling with creative energy. Whether they’ve sauntered along for a lunch at one of the many restaurants on offer, or an amble around the Queer Britain Museum, visitors often decide to stick around.
Year on year, it’s also becoming one of the most popular shopping spots in London. Any weekend spent shopping in the canalside shopping destination of Coal Drops Yard is a delight but this Christmas, King’s Cross is back with its unique take on merry making.
Not only will the iconic setting of Granary Square and Coal Drops Yard be decked out in a delightful array of decorations, but a host of markets and events will be taking over from one end of winter to the other.
When ticking names off the Christmas list this year, steer clear of the overwhelming bustle of Oxford Street and instead explore this trend-setting neighbourhood.
In the King’s Cross neighbourhood, you’ll discover unique gifts you won’t find anywhere else and, once you’re done, it’s the perfect place to reward yourself with your favourite tipple and watch on as the stylish crowds stroll by from one of the world’s most prestigious art colleges.
So, it’s also no surprise that King’s Cross have launched their Christmas with style icon, Fashion Santa, as he makes his UK debut from across the pond.
From crafts to curling, here’s why a visit to this traffic-free wonderland should be in every Londoner’s calendar this festive season…
Gift shop ’til you drop
If there’s one thing that this corner of town is known for, it’s the unique shopping experience. Even though it feels like we’re spoilt for choice when it comes to retail destinations here in the city, the King’s Cross neighbourhood is truly something special.
Over 50 shops offer an array of quality fashion, beauty products and furnishings that will put a smile on your loved one’s face come Christmas morning. With both familiar brands and independent retailers along King’s Boulevard and up through to Coal Drop’s Yard, there’s plenty to choose from.
With thoughtful offerings you won’t find on your typical high street, King’s Cross’ charming line-up of retailers promises to make Christmas shopping an absolute delight.
Soak up the après-ski
Drawing inspiration from the Alpine slopes and chalets of ski holidays gone by, the King’s Cross neighbourhood will be decked out in a style reminiscent of the picturesque foothills of Mont Blanc.
Making every visit worthwhile, if only for the social feed, are three spectacularly designed festive trees in Battle Bridge Place, Granary Square and Coal Drops Yard. Bask in the glow of their lights as you pose for pictures with your loved ones.
Make snuggling under the thousand twinkling lights and the ski-inspired ‘grammable’ moments your new Christmas tradition. It’s one of the best ways to get your festive season underway, where even your grinchiest friend won’t be able to resist posing for a photo.
Also, back again this November, Club Curling is a family favourite winter activity for just £7 per person (under 12s play free when accompanied by an adult). Try your luck at one of the least-understood sports of the winter games with this super fun yet affordable pastime.
And the best part? You’ll also be doing some good as you’re having fun. King’s Cross will be donating a portion of the ticket proceeds to homelessness charities Shelter and New Horizon to provide support for those who need it most this winter.
What’s winter without a Christmas market?
The soaring popularity of the Christmas market is undeniable, and at King’s Cross it’s easy to see why – from the mouth-watering food stalls to the friendly craftsmen selling their wares. They’ll be hosting a stellar line-up of London’s best artisan traders and independent designer-makers at themed Christmas markets from mid-November.
While you’ll find a quirky mix of homewares and clothes at the Lower Stable Street market each Thursday to Sunday, and extra-festive goods at the Canopy market, open Tuesday to Sunday, 1st – 22nd December, you can also anticipate more than a few unexpected delights.
The Drops Christmas market, for example, will primarily be featuring stalls by up-and-coming designers, many of whom studied just around the corner at famed art school, Central Saint Martins.
You’ll also find international treats from the furthest stretches of the globe at the Mexican Christmas market and the Shotenghai pan Asian market. They’re the ultimate place to shop when it comes to buying for those ‘hard to buy for’ friends.
Fuel the festivities
To keep the fun going, book yourself a table and enjoy course after course of delicious food – all just a snowball’s throw from the action. Seasonal gastronomy will be on the menu at the over 50 bars, cafés and restaurants in the neighbourhood.
Whatever you have a hankering for, you’re almost sure to find it here. Fancy a burger? Some pastries? Refined Indian cuisine? You’ve got it. Also, what better way to spend a weekend than by kicking back on a cosy heated terrace and sipping a tipple of your choice? The gluhwein has never tasted this sweet.
So, what’s keeping you? Pull up the family group chat and get planning your day out at one of London’s hottest hangouts this coming season.
To discover more and start planning your visit, head to kingscross.co.uk/christmas.
COAL DROPS YARD – The Gift Edit
Whether you’re buying for him, her or them, here are Fashion Santa’s design-led gift picks – all available at King’s Cross.
COS Short Merino Wool Beanie, £25
Rains Weekend Bag, £59
Paul Smith ‘Hyde’ Slippers, £120
Aesop Industrious Gift Kit, £59
Miffy Bundle of Light Nightlight from Cissy Wears, £19.99
Click here to discover more on gifting at King’s Cross.