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We’re very much ‘in the community, for the community’ and that ofcourse includes King’s Cross. To find our what it’s really like to love and live in King’s Cross, we had a conversation with local resident and London Residential Sales Director, Liana Loporto-Browne:-
Hello Liana. Where in King’s Cross do you live?
Liana: I’m really central in Argyle Street - close to King’s Cross St. Pancras station.
If you had to recommend three restaurants in King’s Cross, what would they be?
Liana: For a taste of the exotic it would have to be Dishoom at 5 Stable Street - a Bombay brasserie in the style of the old post-colonial 'Irani cafés’. For a good breakfast with an Aussie twist, I always head to Granger & Co at the Stanley Building, 7 Pancras Square. For a light lunch and to grab some ingredients to cook with that evening, The Greek Larder & Deli at ArtHouse, 1 York Way is top of my list.
And your top 3 places to drink in King’s Cross?
Liana: The Gilbert Scott is as grand as they come. I’ll never say no to a cocktail at this Marcus Wareing venue set in the most opulent part of St Pancras. Drink, Shop & Do at 9 Caledonian Road is a place that combines shopping, crafts and drinks - with live DJs and dancing. The Fellow is an urban yet cosy gastropub at 24 York Way, with wood burning stoves in winter and a terrace for the summer months.
Has King’s Cross got any ‘hidden gems’ that not many people know about?
Liana: The House of Illustration, set alongside Central Saint Martins’ teaching spaces and workshops, is a permanent homage to illustrated arts and makes a brilliant alternative to the big galleries. You can browse works by Quentin Blake and David Gentleman, catch talks by prominent illustrators and participate in workshops if you’re a budding artist.
If you were a King’s Cross tour guide, where would you take people for interesting architecture, shops and properties?
Liana: We’d have to start at St Pancras International station as it’s a pivotal part of living in King’s Cross. The William Barlow designed building - known for its dramatic roof - is now packed with public art, shops, bars, restaurants and a Eurostar terminal. Next we’d take a walking tour of some of King’s Cross’s most sought-after streets. My personal favourite is Acton Street but we’d also meander along Regent Quarter between York Road and Caledonian Road, York Central and Keystone Crescent. To round off the tour, we’d swing by King’s Cross’s Canopy Market for handmade, artisan and locally-sourced goods, nip into Beara Beara at 16-18 Whidborne Street for exquisite handbags before retiring to Spiritland at 9-10 Stable Street, Granary Square - a cafe/bar/radio studio famed for its sound system.
What King’s Cross events should people attend if they’re new to the area?
Liana: The London Greek Wine Festival is a showcase of the best Greek wines, and is well supported by the local community and The Greek Larder. KERB - King’s Cross’s pioneering street food market - has a packed year-round events programme for fantastic mingling opportunities and its annual party is always in my diary. Granary Square - part of King’s Cross’s wonderful regeneration - has become a new hub for socialising. The fountains, bars and restaurants are daily attractions but there are plenty of seasonal events too, so check out its online calendar.
If you’d like more insider knowledge about King’s Cross and other locations in NW London, drop in to our 103 Parkway office and quiz Liana and the rest of the London Residential team. Let us know when you’re coming and we’ll even pop the kettle on.