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First look: Coal Drops Yard opens in King's Cross

The new shopping and restaurant district in London’s King’s Cross, Coal Drops Yard, opens on Friday. 

The new district features 50 one-off concept stores from brands such as Paul Smith, Rains, Cos, Fred Perry and Superga.

The sunken Lower Stable Street offers spaces for smaller pop-up and experimental stores to host brand workshops, events and immersive shopping experiences. 

Heatherwick Studio has designed the new area, combining contemporary design with surviving ironwork. Small stores sit within the original coal drop arches, and larger statement stores are on each street corner.

Craig White, senior project director at the site’s developer, Argent, said: “We have set out to foster a community of shopkeepers that are connected by a commitment to quality, craft and innovation. With more than 50 new stores, each an experience, and all set in the heart of King’s Cross, the opening of Coal Drops Yard will be like nothing else.”

Coal Drops Yard was originally established in 1850 to handle the 8 million tonnes of coal delivered to London each year. More recently, it was the location of nightclubs Bagley’s and The Cross.



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