Places to Eat in London: 17 Best King’s Cross Restaurants

Places to Eat in London: 17 Best King’s Cross Restaurants

by George Mouratidis
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King’s Cross is undoubtedly one of London’s busiest junctions. A constant influx of people travelling to continental Europe, the rest of Britain or Hogwarts, makes the area incredibly lively and fun. Also, let’s not forget the British Library just a few blocks away!

King’s Cross Restaurants: Places to Eat Near King’s Cross

With so many points of interest nearby, there are many nice places to eat near King’s Cross. So, whether you are catching the next train to Paris, taking touristy photos of platform 9¾, or taking a break from your studies, check out our list of the best King’s Cross restaurants!

Barrafina Coal Drops Yard

Barrafina is the undisputed king when it comes to tapas in London. Coal Drops Yard is the fourth restaurant of the chain, and even though it is not as cosy looking as its sisters, it still serves quality food. Housed inside an old Victorian warehouse, the newest branch of Barrafina restaurants is a perfect place for a quality meal around King’s Cross while waiting for your train or taking a break from a day of walking around London. Visit for the best tortilla in London, the suckling pig empanadilla and the heavenly pan con tomate.

Aux Pains de Papy

Aux Pains de Papy is a great way to warm up for a trip to France if you’re taking the Eurostar or get a glimpse of French cuisine if you’re staying in Albion. This cosy little cafe is a hotspot for commuters and travellers, as it offers a satisfying assortment of croissant, quiches and baguettes to go with your espresso. Try a freshly baked croissant (sweet or savoury) or a filling pan-bagnat. The oven works full time in Aux Pains de Papy, cranking out all sorts of fluffy pastry. You certainly don’t have to ride the Eurostar to get a glimpse of France when you have it right at the heart of London!

Camino

Camino is one of the fancier options in an area that is famously busy during the daytime. A local favourite among office workers in the area, this Spanish restaurant offers an extensive craft beer list and an excellent selection of locally-sourced tapas. The owners have emphasized representing Basque cuisine, with many dishes like the charcoal grill offering a fantastic taste of the Spanish north.

Caravan King’s Cross

Caravan is an innovative brunch restaurant located next door to the Grain Store. Hailing from New Zealand, Caravan is famous for its locally-roasted coffee and fusion cuisine. The King’s Cross location is the second one in London, with the original one located on Exmouth Market. The design of the restaurant is appropriately urban, with the exposed brickwork and concrete floors giving it an air of industrial-chic. In terms of food, the restaurant offers a truly cosmopolitan experience, with dishes ranging from lamb ribs to eggplant bhaji and Burmese chicken salad.

Vinoteca

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Vinoteca means wine bar in Italian, and that’s precisely the type of atmosphere the owners of these restaurants sought to create. The King’s Cross branch offers an impressive wine list and dishes spanning tastes from across the Mediterranean. Using locally sourced produce and a fine selection of cured meats, this is a place to put your palate to the test. For those looking for a heartier meal, Vinoteca offers a rotating 3-course breakfast and lunch menu every month. If you want to witness the proper British tradition, visit Vinoteca for the Sunday roast after noon.

Supawan

Being one of the best Thai restaurants in London is not an easy feat, but Supawan is undoubtedly among the top-five. At first glance, it doesn’t stand out as anything special compared to other restaurants in the area. But what Supawan lacks in design, it makes up in taste: dishes like the poh pia ped, yum Khao tod, chicken red curry and the tom yum soup are great for a pre-trip meal or an invigorating lunch. One of the most solid restaurants near King’s Cross, Supawan will surely become an excuse to visit the area more often.

German Gymnasium

German Gymnasium has a less than appetising name, but if we’ve learned something from our London restaurant experience, is not to judge a book by its cover. This colossal restaurant used to be an actual gymnasium, founded by expat Germans in the 19th century. Since 2014 it was repurposed as a restaurant by a group of entrepreneurs who didn’t spare any expenses as the extravagant decoration and grand halls will make you dizzy. Its cuisine is obviously inspired by the great German culinary tradition, with dishes, like the stuffed schnitzel and a wide selection of sausages. Book ahead as the place is usually crammed.

Itadakizen

Itadakizen is a one-of-a-kind restaurant, serving only vegan Japanese dishes. Although you would expect they would cater to a small group of people, this place has a surprisingly broad range of tastes. In terms of design, the place is indeed “zen” avoiding unnecessary distractions such as clocks and background music. If slurping and chewing sounds do not bother you, you will love the predominantly noodle and tofu-based cuisine of Itadakizen. The spring rolls with tofu and the kakiage tempura are particular highlights. Lastly, you should know that everything in this restaurant is sugar-free, including the desserts.

Dishoom King’s Cross

The first Dishoom restaurant opened back in 2010 in Covent Garden and has since made waves in the London restaurant scene. With an impressive cocktail list, retro decorations and refreshing approach to home-style dishes, it redefined expectations about Indian food. Like all Dishoom restaurants, the King’s Cross location is packed at all times, even though it is the largest one of the bunch. Those patient or brave enough to face the waiting line will be royally rewarded with some of Dishoom’s trademark dishes, such as the lamb chops, chicken ruby, and pau bhaji. Also, don’t forget to order a bacon and egg naan on the side!

KAKI

KAKI is a Chinese restaurant run by a group of Malaysian restaurateurs. Featuring dishes from all over China, the menu of this restaurant contains more than 100 items, including boiled blood and ox tripe soup, jellyfish with cabbage and boiled seashells. If you decide to opt for the safer options, go for the chef’s recommendations. Portions are enormous, so it would be better to go with a large group of friends.

Happy Face

Happy Face is a retro pizzeria near King’s Cross Train Station that offers Neapolitan style pies as well as a smattering of Italian delicacies. This restaurant’s main claim to fame is that its dough is fermented for 72-hours. According to Happy Face chefs, this long fermentation process makes their dough extremely light and crisp. Some of the favourite pizzas on Happy Face’s menus include a standard margarita, pepperoni, and a funghi pie with mushrooms, taleggio, and artichokes. For those with gluten allergies, you’ll be happy to know Happy Face also offers gluten-free dough. By the way, Happy Face is attached to an underground cocktail bar called SUPERMAX for those who are interested. Happy Face is currently open Mondays through Saturdays from 12 pm–11 pm and on Sundays from 12 pm–10 pm.

Gilbert Scott

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The Gilbert Scott is a high-class British restaurant inside the elegant Victorian-era St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel. Located just a stone’s throw from the British Library, this sleek restaurant is the brainchild of Michelin-starred Chef Marcus Wareing. The menu at Gilbert Scott is constantly changing depending on seasonal produce, but most of these dishes are based on traditional English cooking. A few standouts on Gilbert Scott’s à la carte menu include the Cumbrian rose veal rump, Hereford sirloin steak, and Cornish plaice with violet artichokes. Guests can make a reservation to Gilbert Scott online or by calling +44 (0)20 7278 3888. Oh, and don’t worry about a dress code…because Gilbert Scott doesn’t have one!

Pâtisserie Deux Amis

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Pâtisserie Deux Amis is a tiny French café that serves up fresh pastries, sandwiches, and breads for breakfast and lunch. Since Pâtisserie Deux Amis is so close to King’s Cross Train Station, the staff here has plenty of experience giving early morning commuters a quick meal. For those who have time to linger, however, Pâtisserie Deux Amis has tables and chairs both inside and outside. A few fan favourites on Pâtisserie Deux Amis’s menu include the gluten-free lemon & polenta, chicken & bacon baguette, and almond croissant. You could also order a cup of warm tea, coffee, or espresso to compliment your meal.

Bar + Block Steakhouse

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Bar + Block Steakhouse is every steak-loving Londoner’s favourite chain restaurant. All of the steaks in Bar + Block come from pure British cattle raised in the South American lowlands. These steaks are all cut in-house and aged for at least 28 days before they arrive on your plate. The main draw to Bar + Block is its extensive steak list, but don’t forget to check out this restaurant’s pork, fish, chicken, and veggie choices. In addition to its lunch & dinner menu, Bar + Block Steakhouse also has a wide assortment of breakfast dishes like steak and eggs as well as express bites like a 6-ounce beef burger and a steak sandwich.

  • Price range: ££
  • Cuisine: Steakhouse, Pub Grub, Breakfast, British
  • Distance from King’s Cross
  • Website: https://www.barandblock.co.uk/kings-cross

Bar Pepito

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Bar Pepito is a tapas restaurant that focuses on the cuisine of Spain’s southern Andalusia region. Specifically, this bar takes great pride in its extensive list of authentic Spanish sherries from western Andalusia. As for tapas, Bar Pepito has a wide assortment of charcuterie and cheese plates. Some tapas staples in Bar Pepito include Gordal olives mixed with lemon and rosemary, Ibérico “meatballs,” and octopus with olive oil, paprika, and potatoes. Waiters at Bar Pepito are experts at pairing their sherries, wines, and beers with tapas plates, so be sure to ask for the optimal combinations.

Beer and Burger

kings cross restaurants - beer and burger

Beer and Burger is a no-frills burger joint near Granary Square. There is nothing extravagant or unusual about the design of this restaurant, but what it says on the tin, it does perfectly well. There are more than two dozen beers available on tap, and even more, you can purchase, as well as some American-sized portions. Whether you want to grab a quick bite before continuing your trip or spend a few hours with friends sampling the beers, this is a perfect place to do so.

Roti King

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Roti King is a perfect restaurant if you want to eat a relatively inexpensive quality meal in a hectic location. There’s not much to say about design and decoration because they’re non-existent. Roti King looks like it was zapped in Euston from another era, but don’t let appearances fool you. The folks here make a mean roti canai – a soft flatbread served with a bowl of curry (get the meat version). Also, try the roti stuffed with cheese and the laksa. The restaurant is cash-only, and there is a waiting line during peak hours. However, it’s one of the most VFM options around King’s Cross.

Store your Luggage near King’s Cross/St Pancras

As one of the nation’s largest transportation hubs, King’s Cross connects London with the rest of Britain and continental Europe. So, whether you are visiting London from further north, or you’ve just got into St Pancras on the Eurostar and want to grab a quick bite in one of the many Kings Cross restaurants, don’t drag your bags around. Find a suitable StashPoint near you and store your luggage in King’s Cross affordably and securely.

Stasher is an affordable and secure alternative to left luggage services around King’s Cross/St Pancras. Here are some of our most popular StashPoints around King’s Cross.

  • Premier Inn, open 7am – 11pm and just a minute walk from King’s Cross St Pancras station.
  • Mail Boxes Etc., just around the corner from the main station entrance, open until 6pm on weekdays.
  • Nisa, conveniently located between St Pancras and Euston Station, open everyday 8am – 11pm.

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