You’ve travelled into London and made your scenic journey to see us at Tammam for your bridal appointment. After you’ve found the dress of your dreams at Sabina Motasem, you’ll need somewhere to celebrate with your family and friends! Well, look no further than the very area you’re in, King's Cross!
Rather than travelling around London or getting overwhelmed with the infinite options that London offers, King’s Cross is a fantastic area for some great sights, shopping, food and even a cheeky drink. Keep reading and let me guide you through my favourite places in King’s Cross– the huge sights, the hidden gems, and a few places I’ll bet you’ve never heard of before!
If you're feeling a bit peckish after your appointment, check out my favourite places to grab a nibble or dig in!
If you've been to London, you've probably heard of the Indian restaurant chain Dishoom, with several branches throughout the city. Dishoom King's Cross is located in a restored Victorian industrial building that used to be a former railway transit shed originally built back in 1850.
For over 100 years, this building passed goods to and from Britain and the rest of the world, especially between London and Bombay. The décor is lovely and adds to the experience that Dishoom provides. Their food is amazing, I recommend ordering their chicken biryani, garlic naan and black dahl.
If you're coming into London on a weekend, I recommend booking in advance as they can have a waiting list that lasts for hours!
Dishoom King's Cross
5 Stable Street
For more information, check out Dishoom here.
I'm not sure if many of you know this, but I'm originally from the Chicagoland area in Illinois. The one thing I miss while in London is an array of authentic Mexican dishes, and Casa & Plaza Pastor has them.
Casa Pastor is the Mexican big sister to Borough's El Pastor, Bermondsey's Tortilleria El Pastor, and its outdoor terrace neighbour at Coal Drops Yard, Plaza Pastor. Featuring delicious Mexico City-inspired tostadas, tacos and quesadillas, with tortillas made in-house daily from heritage Mexican corn.
I recommend sitting outside at Casa & Plaza Pastor in a booth (don't worry if it's chilly, they have outdoor heaters!) and order their guacamole, Al Pastor tacos, esquites, and their highly-addicting and creamy piña coladas.
Casa & Plaza Pastor
Coal Drops Yard
If you've only got time for a quick celebratory drink (or two), don't worry- these pubs and bars are still idyllic places to capture the magic of King's Cross.
Home to the longest Champagne bar in Europe, St. Pancras by Searcys offers the perfect escape to sit back, relax and soak up the charm of the magnificent station. With private leather booths, a 'press for champagne' button and grand artwork, you'll sink into the luxury and be transported back in time. And, their restaurant is an all-day restaurant open seven days a week!
St. Pancras by Searcys
Grand Terrace, Upper Concourse
St Pancras International Station
King’s Cross St. Pancras
For more information, menus, and to book, visit St. Pancras by Searcys website here.
German Gymnasium was designed by Edward Gruning, becoming England’s first purpose-built gymnasium with its funding coming solely from London’s German community. It was built in 1865 for the German Gymnastics Society and the venue hosted London’s first indoor Olympic Games back in 1866.
Now, German Gymnasium is owned by D&D London and was named 'The Most Beautiful Restaurant in the World' in 2016. German Gymnasium offers a stunning all-day Grand Café, an upscale first floor restaurant, two bars and an outdoor terrace. Enjoy the Mittel-European inspired menu by German-born Executive Chef Bjoern Wassmuth for breakfast lunch, dinner or weekend brunch.
And if you have some extra time, hang around German Gymnasium for some late-night glamour at the chic Meister Bar.
1 King's Boulevard
MUSEUMS & SHOPS
Wellcome Collection is a free museum and library that aims to challenge how we, as humans, think and feel about health.
Through channels like exhibitions, collections, live programming, digital, broadcast and publishing, Wellcome Collection creates opportunities for people to think deeply about the connections between science, medicine, life and art.
Wellcome Collection is part of Wellcome, which supports science to solve current and urgent health challenges. Wellcome also supports discovery research into life, health and wellbeing, and is tackling three major worldwide health challenges: mental health, infectious disease and climate.
15 July 2021—27 March 2022
This exhibition at Wellcome Collection “shares a diversity of euphoric experiences and the effect of positive emotion on the body. Joy can bring catharsis, build resilience and bring people together.”
‘Joy’ contains new commissions by Harold Offeh, Amalia Pica and David Shrigley, plus artworks and historical objects dating back to the 15th century. These pieces guide you along some of the many paths to joy that different communities have sought, even in difficult times.Wellcome Collection
183 Euston Road
This floating bookshop by Granary Square has been transformed from a 1920s Dutch barge. As well as nicely-priced books, they boast a wood-burning stove, a super friendly dog and occasional live jazz performances. Check their Facebook or Instagram pages for details on updates and events.
The best part? If you are a UK resident, just drop your search into the box on their site here, and the book will be at your door within a few days while supporting their business!
Word on the Water’s opening hours are midday-7PM, every day except Christmas Day.
If you have a bit of time (or even the rest of the weekend) after your appointment, treat yourself and check into this beautiful and iconic hotel, nestled right in the heart of King's Cross.
Experience the iconic St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel London. Originally opened in 1873, guests are welcomed with five-star amenities, spacious and stunning rooms and top-notch service.
Every hotel room and suite is pet-friendly and each combine a sense of elegance and comfort. St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel London also boasts an all-inclusive spa, gym and luxurious indoor pool.
St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel London
I hope this list helped give you an idea of the area of King's Cross, but there's definitely tons more to do! When I go to King's Cross, there's always something new and fun in the area to enjoy.
See you later this week,