Kings Cross cafe guide
Kings Cross local and London coffee expert Phil Wain casts his eye over the increasingly wide range of coffee options around the redeveloped station and Granary Square area
Among locals, speciality coffee was long hoped for in Kings Cross. Initial glimmers such as Monkshood briefly opening a coffee cart, a local restaurant briefly experimenting with serving Has Bean and a short residency from Weanie Beans whetted the appetite. Once Caravan opened their roaster at Kings Cross it all changed.
Opening originally at Exmouth Market just down the road in 2010, Caravan’s ambitious second space tied in wonderfully with the redevelopment of Kings Cross in 2012. A roastery space, bar, restaurant and coffee bar, Caravan’s coffee offer gets better and better. It seemed a huge gamble in 2012 but the Granary Square development has blossomed around Caravan Kings Cross – an essential brunch spot.
Granary Building, One Granary Square, King's Cross, N1C 4AA
In 2013, Noble Espresso opened. Perennially one of the highest rated coffeeshops on London’s Best Coffee, Noble is an absolute delight. Shaun Young brought his coffee and hospitality experience from Taylor Street and especially Kaffeine, charming locals, workers and travellers in all weathers at his cart while building a team of great staff. From the start Noble Espresso also provided coffee for events and a couple of brunch events hosted by Noble at select venues have been highlights but the friendly coffee cart is where it’s at. It’s also where you’ll most often find our editor, Phil.
Battle Bridge Pl, London N1C 4TB
And they’re open. We at London’s Best Coffee were very excited to hear Origin would be serving coffee at this iconic location. They have opened a bar in the foyer serving their wonderful filter coffees as well as espresso based drinks and a range of baked goods including Crosstown doughnuts and some delicious pastries.
96 Euston Rd, London NW1 2DB
Notes’ roastery was previously situated just North of Kings Cross and Notes still roast some of London’s best coffee. Their Kings Cross site opened as part of their expansion to become a small chain. The cafe is in a lovely setting by a small square and fountain. Notes also feature an extensive winelist (including their own label wines), food options and even jazz in summertime. The mezzanine here makes effective use of space and is a great place for meeting up in this busy district.
One Pancras Square N1C 4AG
Not exactly Kings Cross but not exactly far. Store Street Espresso’s second outpost is well regarded for its brunch options as well as espresso and filter from Square Mile and guests. Matcha from Lalani & Co is highly recommended and the cake selection is always worth a look.
54 Tavistock Place, Bloomsbury, WC1H 9RG
Ok, stretching the Kings Cross concept a little, Pritchard + Ure is in Camden Garden Centre maybe ten minutes walk along the canal from Kings Cross. It’s the first specialty coffeeshop in a garden centre (a garden centre that is in itself a life-changing charity). The cafe serves up coffee from Workshop and great food. Well worth the walk.
2 Barker Dr, London NW1 0JW
Notably Sourced Market in St Pancras station also retails coffee beans from Workshop, Square Mile, Monmouth, Mission Coffee Works, Origin and others. The options are indeed wider and wider for good coffee here in Kings Cross...