Coal Drops Yard, the new Heatherwick Studio-designed shopping and restaurant district in London’s King’s Cross, will open its doors to the public at 12pm on Friday 26 October 2018. The first wave of stores and restaurants, which represent a majority of those confirmed to launch, will also open on this date, alongside Lower Stable Street and a number of special pop-ups.
Coal Drops Yard is a vibrant new shopping district at the centre of King’s Cross, home to over 50 stores, restaurants and cafés, bringing together a community of like-minded brands in a reimagined set of historic buildings and arches directly adjacent to Granary Square and Regent’s Canal. Coal Drops Yard was originally established in 1850 to handle the eight million tonnes of coal delivered to the capital each year, and was latterly the location of nightclubs Bagley’s and The Cross. The area is now reopening, reinvented by the acclaimed Heatherwick Studio, which has interwoven a contemporary design with the surviving structures, streets and rich ironwork of the original Victorian coal drops.
Also opening on 26 October is Lower Stable Street, a new street for pop-ups, live events and experiential stores from a creative collective of established and up-and-coming brands. Curated by
independent magazine, KIOSK N1C, Lower Stable Street is a sunken street between Stable Street and the main Coal Drops Yard, the home of 11 smaller spaces set to host brand workshops, one-off events and immersive shopping experiences that celebrate fashion, beauty, music, culture and the arts. Stores and restaurants on the market-style street will be on a mix of long and flexible leases; encouraging brands to experiment with innovative in-store activations and allow the street to reinvent itself multiple times each year. Brands will also be encouraged to collaborate together, as well as with stores in Coal Drops Yard and with King’s Cross institutions such as Central Saint Martins.
Pop-ups confirmed at Coal Drops Yard include a specially-curated space by Stockholm-based independent design brand Hem, a concept store from Christopher Raeburn featuring collaborations with Timberland, Finisterre and Palladium, as well as a workshop space from STORE Store, which will present a unique chance for young people to see their ideas go from imagination to reality; from initial conception through to design, prototype, manufacture and finally retail. On weekends STORE’s workshops will spill out into the open space of the yard itself, offering an opportunity for interaction between students, passers-by and tenants.
No space at Coal Drops Yard is the same. Stores and restaurants are located in canal-side arches fronting on to cobbled courtyards,within the original ‘coal drops’ themselves and across a series of raised iron viaducts. Larger statement stores sit at each street corner, with one dual-aspect space crowning the street, located directly beneath Heatherwick Studio’s striking ‘kissing’ rooftops.Lower Stable Street, a sunken street between Coal Drops Yard and Stable Street,will also open this October, offering spaces for a range of smaller pop-up and experimental stores, complementing and offering a different aspect to the Coal Drops Yard experience.
Stores and restaurants to open 26 October 2018 at Coal Drops Yard
American Vintage, Barrafina, Beija London, bonds. King’s Cross, Caravane, Casa Pastor, Christopher Raeburn (Pop-up), Cubitts, The Drop, Emin & Paul, Form & Thread, Fred Perry, Joseph Cheaney & Sons, Lavenham, Le Chocolat Alain Ducasse, LPOL, Manifesto, Maya Magal London, MHL., Miller Harris, Paul Smith, Rains, S120, The Sports Edit, Tracey Neuls, Universal Works, Vermuteria, Wolf & Badger, Ally Capellino, Beautystack, House of Cans, iyouall, KIOSK N1C, MDR Gallery, Redemption Roasters.
Stores and restaurants opening November 2018
COS, Hem (Pop-Up), hicce x Wolf & Badger, Morty & Bob’s, Sacred Gold, STORE Store (Pop-up), Superga, Outsiders Store, FACEGYM, Twiin, Bodega Rita’s, Honest Jon’s, Aesop, Finisterre, Malin & Goetz, Samsung, STORE Store (Lower Stable Street), Le Cafe Alain Ducasse
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