Monday, February 6, 2012
UPDATE: this article was posted before the new station opened. See this more recent blog post for details and pics of all the places listed below.
The verdict: interesting and not too many of the usual suspects
While most of the coverage the new Kings Cross station has focused on the impressive design, there hasn’t been much talk of what’s going to be inside the spaceship-like concourse that’s due to open on 19th March. Until today that is, when a Network Rail press release revealed the full line-up of food, drink and other retail outlets.
The list is varied and includes plenty of welcome additions to the Kings Cross area, with small-to-medium chains like Benito’s Hat, Giraffe, Leon, Wasabi and Yalla Yalla.
And while M&S, Starbucks and Upper Crust are a bit dreary they still have plenty of fans. The pub sounds quite promising too.
Here’s the full list:
|Benito’s Hat||Mexican restaurant with three other branches in London|
|Caffe Nero||Already at King’s Cross and St Pancras|
|Fullers||Real ale and restaurant from famous London brewer|
|Giraffe||Express branch (”Giraffe Stop”) of family-friendly restaurant chain with 43 branches|
|Leon||12th restaurant for this chain that set out to “change the face of fast food”|
|M&S Simply Food||Have two branches in St Pancras already|
|Pasty Shop||Branches at 15 other stations, replacing West Cornwall Pasty (who still have a branch in St Pancras)|
|Pret A Manger||This will be the 5th branch in the King’s Cross area|
|Prezzo||Pizza and pasta, 160 branches across UK|
|Starbucks||4th branch in the King’s Cross area|
|Upper Crust||Are already at King’s Cross in the old concourse|
|Wasabi||Sushi and bento restaurants/takeaways with 15 branches in London|
|Yalla Yalla||Lebanese restaurant with two other branches in London|
I’ll add all the new places to the KXLDN directory when they open.
Whether we’ll also be saying goodbye to Burger King, Camden Food Co and Delice de France remains to be seen but I suspect they’ll be around until the old concourse is torn down next year.
We don’t cover shops on KXLDN but they are listed in the Network Rail press release.