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London Shopping: Coal Drops Yard in King’s Cross

© 2019 Visiting London Guide.com – Photograph by Alan Kean
Coal Drops Yard is a retail development that is part of the King’s Cross Central development scheme and is the latest part of the development to use old industrial buildings and adapting them for the 21st century.
© 2019 Visiting London Guide.com – Photograph by Alan Kean
The coal drops were sheds that received coal shipments, mostly from the north of England by train and then were transferred to waiting narrowboats on the Regents Canal and to horse-drawn carts. In the Victorian times, coal was the main form of energy to heat and light the buildings of London.
© 2019 Visiting London Guide.com – Photograph by Alan Kean
The coal drops were built in the mid 19th century and were part of a large industrial complex which included stables for up to 1500 horses. By the end of the 19th century, the coal drops became obsolete and the buildings were used for warehousing. In the last part of the 20th century, some of the disused warehouses were used to stage illegal raves and were used as bars and clubs. By the 21st century, the rave scene had run its course and the warehouses became derelict again.
© 2019 Visiting London Guide.com – Photograph by Alan Kean
As part of the large development of the King’s Cross Central site, Argent group appointed Thomas Heatherwick as architect for the redevelopment of the Coal Drop Yards as a retail park in 2014. Work was completed and the development opened in 2018.
The £100m project converted the listed Victorian sheds into a new high-end, 9,290 sq metre, shopping complex, Thomas Heatherwick developed a way to bring together the two converging arcaded sheds with a ‘kissing roof. The slate used in the roof comes from the same seam in the same Welsh slate quarry as was used in the original roof.
© 2019 Visiting London Guide.com – Photograph by Alan Kean
The retail development has nearly 10000 square metres of shopping space in different size units with a mix of independent shops and global brands from home and abroad. Altogether there are over 50 shops, bars & restaurants in Coal Drop Yards, these include Diesel, Fred Perry, Paul Smith, Wolf & Badger, Barrafina, Le Café Alain Ducasse, Le Chocolat Alain Ducasse, Botanical Boys, Samsung KX, Tom Dixon and much more.

© 2019 Visiting London Guide.com – Photograph by Alan Kean
What sets this retail development apart is the way that the Victorian industrial buildings give the place character, it seems a world away from the rather soulless shopping centres with the canal adding even more interest. The King’s Cross area has been totally changed in the last 25 years from one of the most depressing parts of the capital to an area full of interest and a welcome diversion to those using the nearby train stations.

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Review : Taste of London at Regent’s Park – 13th to 17th June 2018

Regent’s Park is once again transformed for a foodie festival with the return of Taste of London. The festival is in its 16th edition and has become a popular celebration of good food and drink and offers visitors the opportunity to sample dishes from some of the top London restaurants such as Roka, Club Gascon, Bao, Barrafina, Cinnamon Bazaar, Hutong, Corazon and many more.

The event is well-known for its relaxing festival vibe with plenty of free samples for the hungry crowds to sample as they made their way around the festival site.

The festival provides a large range of food and drink related experiences with wonderful aromatic dishes from  pop up restaurants and top chefs like Magnus Nilsson, Rohit Ghai, Neil Rankin, Andy Oliver and  Vivek Singh in attendance.

For a special treat, The Taste Residence includes bespoke 4-course tasting menus by world-leading chefs Magnus Nilsson, Niklas Ekstedt, Sean Gray and Manoella Buffara.

If you want to get more involved there are plenty of opportunities to take part in interactive masterclasses and demonstrations and try a wide range of activities including champagne, wine, whiskey and craft beer tastings.

If you are looking for something different, head towards the food markets where there are artisan producers and manufacturers offering exclusive and unique products with plenty of opportunities to sample before you buy. New this year is the Start-Up Collective to help you discover the food trends of the future.

Part of the popularity of the Taste of London festival is that there is something for everyone, if you are looking for something special you can treat yourself in the VIP Lounge or sip Champagne in the Laurent – Perrier Club House.

The Taste of London festival appeals to a wide range of people from the dedicated foodie who can sample dishes from top restaurants to those who enjoy the relaxing festival atmosphere with plenty of food and drink options to enjoy.

Each session at the Taste of London lasts between 4-5 hours and that gives you plenty of time to enjoy your pick of restaurant dishes, browse the artisan stalls and enjoy some of the many attractions.

Taste of London, Regent’s Park (13 – 17 June 2018)

Wednesday 13 June 17:30 – 21:30

Thursday 14 June 12:00 – 16:00 & 17:30 – 21:30

Friday 15 June 12:00 – 16:00 & 17:30 – 21:30

Saturday 16 June 12:00 – 16:00 & 17:30 – 21:30

Sunday 17 June 12:00 – 17:00

Visiting London Guide Rating- Highly Recommended 

For more information or book tickets , visit the Taste of London website here

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