King’s Cross is central London’s success story. What was once acres of industrial wasteland is now a high-end neighbourhood, after 18 years of redevelopment and regeneration. Mixing new-build flats with converted warehouses, King’s Cross has a new retail hub, along with a plethora of funky restaurants and bars. Its busy train stations link it to the rest of the country, as well as to continental Europe via the Eurostar.
Insider tip: For canal-side drinks and all-day dining, check out sleek gastropub The Lighterman on Granary Square.