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Barrafina is coming to King’s Cross in a big way

The West End’s hottest restaurateurs, Sam and James Hart, are launching two restaurants – and a wine bar


he September arrival of W1 dining legends Barrafina shows how in-demand the Granary Square area has become – and also how powerful the once-cult Soho tapas bar itself now is.

The Hart Brothers’ flagship King’s Cross game-changer will boast a 34-seater indoor restaurant with outdoor terrace, while another restaurant, Casa Pastor (sister to Borough’s El Pastor) promises to be bigger still, with an even larger al fresco area. Finally, as if we need it, there’ll be a separate wine bar, The Drop. Phew.

The almighty trio is part of the new Coal Drops Yard due in the autumn. “This is an exciting project,” says Sam Hart. “We immediately fell in love with Coal Drops and have been relentlessly planning how to create places specific to the area.”

Cheaney shoes, one of three new retail arrivals to Coal Drop. Photo: PR

A former Victorian coal store, Coal Drops Yard was originally a series of warehouses built to handle the eight million tonnes of the black stuff delivered to London each year. The site has been reinvented by Heatherwick Studio (they of the capital’s shiny new bus design), combining a contemporary feel with the surviving grand brick viaducts, ironwork and picturesque cobbled streets.


Barrafina aside, three fashion brands have also just confirmed they will open stores, including Cheaney shoes and Form & Thread menswear, who’ll be moving from online-only to bricks-and-mortar with their first permanent retail environment.

We’re especially excited about the arrival of Universal Works, the Nottingham-based menswear and lifestyle brand who’ll be opening their third store in London.

They all join a growing line-up of upscale retailers including Paul Smith, Cubitts, Manifesto and leather goods specialists Lost Property of London.

Better start saving up.

Coal Drops Yard opens this autumn at Granary Square N1C. Follow @CoalDropsYard

Main image: PR

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