Meet the neighbours: What’s hot in King’s Cross

As we settle into our new surrounds following the opening of Ruby Violet Kings Cross, we take the opportunity to introduce you to some of our neighbours.

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It’s a week since the second Ruby Violet ice cream parlour and café opened in Midland Goods Shed, just off Granary Square. In between serving what is fast-becoming a loyal King’s Cross clientele, we have managed to explore the local area. As the new kids on the block, we are delighted to have received such a warm welcome – there really is a great sense of community here, and so we wanted – in the spirit of sharing – to tell you about some of our favourite places.

Dishoom

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Part train station and part old-school Bombay cafe, we love the decor of this huge Indian eatery almost as much as Ruby Violet’s! Housed in what was once a transit shed, the seating options in this three-storey Victorian warehouse range from an elegant basement cocktail bar to a bird’s-eye-view mezzanine level, with the bustling dining room in the middle – all this against a backdrop of sepia photos, signwritten walls and eye-catching tiled floors. Our top tip: get your day off to a great start with one of their Egg Naan Rolls and a glass of House Chai.

5 Stable Street

London N1C 4AB

Tel: 020 7420 9321

Caravan

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This cavernous, industrial-inspired space is the big sister to the team’s Exmouth Market outlet. Check out the on-site roastery before selecting your beans and grabbing a seat. Not surprisingly, given Caravan’s Kiwi heritage, the breakfast and brunch offerings here are top-notch. And from midday, you’ll find a tapas-style sharing menu.

1 Granary Square

London N1C 4AA

Tel: 020 7101 7661

Granger & Co.

The Antipodean offering continues at this all-day restaurant from celebrated Aussie chef Bill Granger. Chanelling the Sydneysider’s love of healthy eating, the flavour-packed menu runs from breakfast to lunch to dinner.

Stanley Building

7 Pancras Square

London N1C 4AG

Tel: 020 3058 2567

Central Saint Martins

The main campus of London’s University of the Arts – a world-famous arts and design college – is located in King’s Cross eye-catching Granary Building. Julie’s son attended CSM, and you can see his handiwork in our new café and parlour – he painted the Brooklyn tin tiles. We are currently working with Elsa Grieve, an ex-CSM student, on some graphic designs for our soon-to-be-launched bags so watch this space!

1 Granary Square

London N1C 4AA

Tel: 020 7514 7444

House of Illustration

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Founded by Sir Quentin Blake in 2014 – perhaps best-known for illustrating many of Roald Dahl’s classic children’s books – this is the UK’s only public gallery dedicated solely to illustration. Expect to find the walls filled with creative endeavours ranging from advertisements to animation.

2 Granary Square

London

N1C 4BH

Tel: 020 3696 2020

Global Generation Skip Garden

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The green-fingered team behind our planters, this community urban garden brings the countryside to the city thanks to its wild flowers, vegetables and herbs. We are big advocates of recycling at Ruby Violet, and at Skip Garden everything is built using secondhand materials sourced from construction sites. Situated at the top of Lewis Cubitt Park, this mini oasis is next to The King’s Cross Pond Club – a natural outdoor swimming pond.

Tapper Walk

London

N1C 4AQ

Website. Email: generate@globalgeneration.org.uk