I’ve lived in London for more than 14 years, spending most of my time when first I moved here in the King’s Cross area. I attended a professional dance school based on York Way for three years, and let’s just say, it was not the area you wanted to hang around in for long. That’s all changed these days, with the Eurostar now departing from St Pancras, and the regeneration of the whole area, for me, it’s completely unrecognisable!!
Step behind the bustle of King’s Cross and St Pancras stations and you’ll now find an oasis of bars, restaurants, galleries, event spaces, and of course shops. The newest addition to this area is Coal Drops Yard, hidden away next to the open space of Granary Square. It’s home to a wealth of brands, all with a touch of luxury to their store windows, and a beautiful open space in its centre. CDY is also home to The Sports Edit, who kindly invited me to check out their new store and surrounding area.*
Health & Wellness
Coal Drops Yard is a one-stop shop for all things luxurious in wellness. Firstly, head to The Sports Edit to check out their luxury sportswear, you’ll be fully kitted out to hit the gym in no time, after all Frame and Pancras Square Leisure are just around the corner! Maintain that post-workout glow with skincare brands such as Aesop and Malin+Goetz, or stay in CDY for the latest trend, Facegym, the first ever workout for your face! Their face workouts (not facials) activate the 40 forgotten muscles of the face for a beautiful complexion, without the need for invasive surgery or needles, what’s not to like?!
Food & Drink
Whether it’s after work drinks, a celebration, or a sumptuous meal, there’s something for you at Coal Drops Yard! For wine, cheese and oysters, The Drop is the place to be, if it’s the taste of Spain you’re after, then I recommend Barrafina, or head to Mexico with Casa Pastor, and all the culinary delights it offers.
For a quick lunchtime snack, there’s Bodega Rita’s; a New York style deli, or Morty & Bobs for a fantastic hot sandwich on these cold winter days. And who could forget coffee!! Redemption Roasters are on hand to provide that much needed caffeine fix, and for a final sweet treat, head to Le Chocolat Alain Ducasse. There’s more to choose form of course, I’ll be sure to visit them all sometime soon.
Where do I begin? Homeware, fragrance, outdoor clothing, high fashion and more, you can find it all at CDY. From one of a kind boutiques, to high end labels, if you’re behind on your Christmas shopping, spend some time at CDY and you’ll soon find the perfect gift for the special someone in your life.
Coal Drops Yard isn’t just about the shopping and eating, as fun as that is of course, but about the whole experience. The Sports Edit has great plans to utilise the gorgeous open spaces for hosting workouts and wellbeing events on association with local trainers or studios. It was a beautiful, crisp day when I visited, and I can just imagine how wonderful it’s going to be in summer with the canal on its doorstep. Despite the cold, I couldn’t resist a cheeky yoga flow on the banks of the canal!
So if you think you’ve seen everything London has to offer, you need to check out Coal Drops Yard! I could easily spend a whole afternoon wandering around the area, from the hustle and bustle of St Pancras, to the peace and tranquility of Granary Square and CDY, it really is a hidden gem.
*This post is sponsored by The Sports Edit, all words my own. Images by Mollie Millington or myself. Outfit gifted by The Sports Edit.