Teasing the Insta generation with its canal peeks and vintage brickwork, Coal Drops Yard King's Cross packs indie retail, gourmet eats and artsy events into Thomas Heatherwick's clever reworking of Victorian coal sheds. Better yet, it's refreshingly free from bland high street chains and big-name labels. Purses out and stroll this way...
What started as a hybrid jewel box of design in Notting Hill is now a 3-floor emporium of young-gun and ethical fashion talents, racking a diverse range of women's and men's garb, plus natty accessories and stationery. Pick up fresh blooms at Edie Rose florist, sip zinger Raw Press tinctures and sample Pip Lacey's Michelin-starred thriller grills at hicce. wolfandbadger.com
It's fashion without the buyer's remorse at Lost Property of London. Uber-chic, locally-crafted leatherware and accessories are proudly produced under a no-waste philosophy at their Hackney workshop and displayed like artworks at the CDY studio. lostpropertyoflondon.com
It's no pain, all gain at the Face Gym – the complexion workout beloved by A-listers seeking to eschew injectables for non-invasive kneading techniques and technologies. Meanwhile hair removal pros Sugaring will have you buffed and beautiful like it's 2019.
Smouldering with Tom Dixon interiors and Assaf Granit's palate-titillating Middle-Eastern fare, this hip ship has all the ingredients for a great night out. The food is as healthy as it is delicious, the equally inventive drinks draw on European and Levantine influences, but it's the top-notch, unpretentious service and the sophisticated crowd that will keep you coming back for more. coaloffice.com
Also worth dropping by... Tracey Neuls (kooky, soft-as-butter shoes); Shelter Boutique (charity shopping reimagined); Universal Works (low-fi menswear); Blackhorse Lane (custom denim) and Beija London (fancy knix and swimwear).
Coal Drops Yard / King's Cross / London / N1 / 10am-8pm Mon-Sat, noon-6pm Sun (stores and restaurants may have different opening times / coaldropsyard.com
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