Canalside Goods Way, on the northern tip of Pancras Square, is now home to an eponymous multi-platform space that brings together live music, a few bars – and the obligatory on-trend indoor food hall.
First up is Lafayette. This new 600-capacity space, launched by the team behind Borough’s Omeara (owned by Ben Lovett of Mumford & Sons), is cosy-yet-cavernous with a crystal-clear sound, good-sized stage and useful rows of unisex toilet cubicles. Yep, that’s important. We reckon, with its 4am weekend license, it’ll also make an awesome late-night club (just like olden times).
And they’re already punching high with forthcoming bookings including Margaret Glaspy, Jonathan Wilson, Nerina Pallot, Jack Penate, Liz Lawrence, The Lathums, and The Districts.
Leading into Lafayette is The Courtyard, a New Orleans-style atrium housing an eclectic collection of zeitgeisty food traders. There’s dangling foliage aplenty, creating an atmospheric two-floor open space with mezzanine verandah for people-watching.
Upstairs is the foodier offer, including New York’s Sushi On Jones, who make their first foray outside of the US with their clean dishes and high quality raw fish (see pic, below) – all extremely impressive on our opening night visit.
Joining them is the capital’s pioneering vegan fast-food favourites, Temple of Seitan, Breddos Tacos, Duck Truck (those Scotch eggs!); and the delish Pomelo, by the folk behind Flat Iron Square’s Lupins. From a chalked-up menu of what they call British tapas, we especially rated their sweet-savoury brisket buns, oozing burrata and melt-in-the-mouth meatballs.
Completing the triumvirate of ventures at Goods Way is Sweetwater, an American-style bar over several subterranean floors. Packed with intimate corners and booths, it’s as suited for a negroni as it is for morning coffee: and, with its free Wi-Fi, and expansive seating, it may even become the freelancers’ secret new home-from-home in KX.
In which case we’re in. And heck, we might even stay for dinner – oh, and a band, of course – too.
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