The shopping centre hopes to attract smaller, more boutique shops that will foster a personal relationship with customers and provide an 'immersive retail experience'. And with only a few brands confirmed so far, there are plenty more surprises to come later this month.
The area is the perfect place for a project of this kind. King's Cross is site of Central St Martins fashion school, a pond for wild swimming, and stores from Nike, & Other Stories and Jigsaw. The area is already home to designjunction, the London Design Festival's annual trade show of pioneering design, plus London Fashion Week shows from Paul Smith to Alexander McQueen have shown in the Coal Drops Yard space since 2010.
Thousands of visitors arrive direct to King's Cross St Pancras from Europe and the north of England every day. As such, the area gets a massive influx of international visitors looking to experience all that London has to offer. Coal Drops Yard could be their first impression of London, and the team are determined to make it a good one.
There was a time when you stepped off the train at King's Cross and got on with your onward travel as fast as you could. Red light district, dead space and clogged canals were its hinterland. Before this, the area was industrial heartland. Heatherwick Studio, the designers, will retain the original Victorian arches of the yard: once used to house coal 'dropped' off by trains from the north of England.
Recently opened: Tom Dixon
The new Tom Dixon flagship and in-store restaurant are the first outlets to open at Coal Drop's Yard.
There is a lot on offer
in the new flagship space. The Coal Office offers a furniture
shop, workshop, gallery and office all under one roof, with a brand-new top-notch restaurant and roof terrace opening this September. Marvel at Dixon’s most famous pieces: the S Chair, Bird Chaise and
Pylon Chair in store, or scout out his latest designs available to purchase.
The Coal Office even features a
haberdashery. Described as ‘a steamy space full
of fragrance and flavour’, the myriad of materials on offer will inspire your very own arts and
crafts projects. Not sure where to
start? Head on down to The Factory where visitors can try their hand at a
variety of activities to help their creative juices flow.
What other shops will be at Coal Drops Yard?
The brands flight will be followed by leather goods manufacturer Lost Property of London, English shoemakers Cheaney, glasses brand Cubitts and a digital agency, Manifesto. If you're in need of anything - from sportswear to the latest gadgets - there will be somewhere here for you. There will also be a perfect spot for a delicious mid-shop lunch, Spanish Tapas restaurant Barrafina. Stay tuned for further opening announcements in the coming month.
|What||Coal Drops Yard, King's Cross|
|Where||Coal Drops Yard, Stable Street, London, N1C 4AB | MAP|
|Nearest tube||King's Cross St. Pancras (underground)|
On 26 Oct 18, 12:00 AM
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