Walk north from King’s Cross train station, across Regent’s Canal, and you’ll find yourself at Coal Drops Yard – an eye-catching culinary and cultural complex that looks so good it recently won the prestigious RIBA National Award 2019 for its architectural achievements.
From the creative exhibitions hosted at the House of Illustration to the art-house films and blockbuster movies screened at the plush Everyman Cinema, there’s plenty to do here all year round. That’s in addition to the regular food and craft markets that take place in nearby Granary Square. There are also plenty of green spaces where locals come to relax with a picnic – like Gasholder Park that’s located inside a few imposing wrought-iron structures, which serve as a stunning reminder of the area’s Victorian heritage.
In summer, the grass-covered steps that lead down to the canal turn into a sociable outdoor arena as sporting events like Wimbledon and family-friendly films are screened and ice creams and sorbets from local gelateria Ruby Violet are served from a vintage bicycle.