Once a bleak, industrial wasteland behind a railway station in need of some love, the Kings Cross area is now buzzing with a combination of entertainment, media, retail, drinking and dining; the locale hosts both Google HQ and Central Saint Martins, while the new Coal Drops Yard retail quarter, housed in Victorian brick viaducts reimagined by Heatherwick Studio, will feature 50 stores, restaurants and cafés. This is also where you’ll find Tom Dixon’s new HQ and showroom – The Coal Office – complete with a rooftop restaurant, plus Barrafina, Paul Smith, Space NK, Spiritland and Dishoom. §

Coal Drops Yard, King’s Cross, London, UK

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