King’s Cross, the home of our Argyle House office space, isso much more than an important transport hub. Home to a whole host of companies,bars, restaurants, and even universities, King’s Cross has established itself as a vibrant, modern and well-connected part of central London.
The last five to ten years have been an important period of regeneration for the King’s Cross area. Ever since the decline of rail-based freight after the Second World War, the warehouses, railway sidings and industrial land surrounding the area’s two titan train stations; King’s Cross and St Pancras, fell into disuse.
However, despite this decline, the area would still serve,as it does today, as the point of arrival for passengers arriving in the big smoke from the North, Edinburgh and even mainland Europe, as of 2006.
Therefore, King’s Cross has evolved into a bustling,rejuvenated hub, kitted out with unique shopping destinations, elongated green spaces and parks. It plays home to major companies such as Google, Louis Vuitton and Nike, with Facebook following hot on their heels, opening a major office in King’s Cross next year.
Despite this modern rebirth, King’s Cross has not kissed goodbye to its rail-based heritage. Take a look at Granary Square, with its dancing, illuminating fountains, and Coal Drops Yard, in which indie fashion shops, bars and restaurants have slotted into old Victorian coal yards. Both maintain an industrial feel that pays homage to King’s Cross’s important Victorian role as a major freight depot.
At AW, we have some favourite spots within the area, all of which are round the corner from our co-working community in Argyle House.
Beyond the 1,080 sprouting fountains at Granary square,there is a regularly changing roster of street food vendors, ranging from Indian street food, Afghani dumplings and gourmet burgers. A particular favourite of ours is Ruby Violet ice cream parlour, which uses fresh ingredients, organic milk and sustainable packaging to craft unique ice creams and sorbets alike.
Just opposite the station lies Camino bar and restaurant, a renowned restaurant and bar offering Spanish delicacies, an expansive cocktail menu and a tasty 15% discount for AW members. Just opposite Argyle House is the renowned Standard Hotel.Adding to its branches in Miami, LA and New York, The Standard hosts its hotel,bar and restaurant in the former Camden Town Hall, hosting weekly live music and talks.
Both independent and well-established fashion labels fill up the shops at Coal Drops Yard, as well as a series of bars and eateries. King’s Cross is rich in culture as well, hosting none other than the British Library,as well as The House of Illustration and the Gagosian Gallery by way of art.
N1C is a postcode that combines a rich heritage with thriving businesses, bars, shopping and restaurants. As the closest co-working space to area’s two stations, AW is practically connected to six tube lines, as well as mainline connections across the country and beyond. Our Argyle House office is the perfect home to modern London work and life.