London Food & Culture

Why we love: #1, Drink, Shop & Do

A new series of neighbourhood delights begins with this vibrant multi-use space on the lower slopes of the Cally Road

This creative hub was opened four years ago by two friends, Kristie Bishop and Coralie Sleap (pictured, below right), after the pair grew sick of their “proper” jobs. What’s more, it underlines the fiercely independent spirit that co-exists with big biz in King’s Cross.

Kristie Bishop & Coralie Sleap, DSD owners
Kristie Bishop (left) and Coralie Sleap. Photo: DSD
A design shop and café bar selling products from emerging designers alongside vintage furniture and home wares, everything is handily for sale, from tea sets to 1950s dressers. Plus it’s a relaxing spot for afternoon tea, or buzzy joint for a cocktail (we always love a negroni, and their gin-based concoctions are particularly good).

What else? Daily events proliferate, from tote bag printing to doodling. Night owls should note the club and late night drinking salon parties on till around 2am. Forthcoming highlights? A temporary tattoo parlour (tomorrow October 16, free from 7pm: design, draw and make your own transfer tattoos), pumpkin carving (next Monday 23, free with a cocktail 6-8pm), and musical bingo (Thurs Oct 23, £10, from 7pm). 9 Caledonian Road N1

And don’t forget to DASH…

A cup of Alchemy: DASH coffee. Photo: DSD
A cup of Alchemy: DASH coffee. Photo: DSD
This tiny off-shoot of DSD is unquestionably coffee heaven. Wimbledon-based speciality roasters Alchemy deliver beans from around the globe, including espresso, and single-origin filters are prepared with a range of brew methods. Brownies and pastries galore to score a sugar rush too. Or be on-trend with a froyo. 11 Caledonian Road N1

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