Coal Drops Yard shopping experience opens up in Kings Cross

Discussion in 'London and the South East' started by editor, Oct 22, 2018.

  1. editor

    editor hiraethified


    It's going to be frightful. Security guard encircled fun.

    About Coal Drops Yard
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  2. TruXta

    TruXta tired

    I was up there in the summer, a couple of shops had opened already. It has some nice architectural features, but fuck everything about the rest of the development.
    editor likes this.
  3. maomao

    maomao 四月她爹

    It was much nicer when the old red star was there. Lots of fun to be had sending sand and bricks to Scotland on the account of a firm who'd fucked you about.
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  4. toblerone3

    toblerone3 Grrrrr

    Its a shopping centre. What exactly is it that annoys you?
  5. mojo pixy

    mojo pixy unquantifiable hazards

    Didn't Bagleys use to be there?
    Ugh I feel old looking at all that...
  6. Crispy

    Crispy The following psytrance is baṉned: All

    That roof is really gimmicky.
  7. TruXta

    TruXta tired

    Looks pretty cool in situ.
  8. salem

    salem Well-Known Member

    As big new developments go I've got to say the Kings Cross development isn't too bad. I find myself there from time to time and there are lots of nice public areas and I've not had any issue from the security while having beers, smoking a joint etc in the park bits. I'd be curious to know which bits are actually public land vs private development. Are there any maps about detailing it?
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  9. TruXta

    TruXta tired

    No, I doubt it.
  10. skyscraper101

    skyscraper101 0891 50 50 50

    Not a shopping centre. A shopping 'experience'
  11. Crispy

    Crispy The following psytrance is baṉned: All

  12. TruXta

    TruXta tired

    Oh I didn't know about this. Thank you crisps.
  13. toblerone3

    toblerone3 Grrrrr

    I totally understand all of the arguments about pseudo public space. However Granary Square actually works better as a public space than some genuinely public spaces. I saw this in effect this summer when the fountains are on and people came from all over the city treating as a bit of mini day out by the (not) seaside.
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  14. pesh

    pesh Well-Known Member

    seems a little late in the day to be bemoaning the gentrification of Kings Cross?
  15. Supine

    Supine Rough Like Badger

    Not a bad area if you enjoy paying more than a fiver for a beer :hmm:
  16. editor

    editor hiraethified

    Review here: diamond geezer

    Good quote: "'s more a magnet for the over-moneyed to enjoy consuming the unnecessary" :D
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  17. jimbarkanoodle

    jimbarkanoodle Well-Known Member

    Anything that has turned into a shopping district rather than what it was in the late 90's early 00's, annoys me too.
  18. editor

    editor hiraethified

    Spot on

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  19. Cloo

    Cloo Surfeit of lampreys

    I was quite interested to see Coal Drops Yard when it opened – working in built environment media I’d heard a lot about it so was keen to see what it turned out like.

    The space looks good, but feels horrid IMO. Has all the problems of ‘private public space’ – went on a hot day and it had loads of empty space, but no one hanging out as you can’t drink outside of designated spaces. Was with kids, hoping to find some ice-cream and it felt very family-unfriendly – one nicely-positioned bar space didn’t allow kids in, tried a coffee place hoping it would do at least smoothies or juices or something – no dice, it Only Did Coffee, Thank You Very Much. The whole thing would have been more polite to have a ‘no children allowed’ sign, rather than passive aggressively not catering, and we literally didn’t even get to have a juice (ice cream vans on Granary Square were sold out – beware of trying to find icecream in Kings X!).

    Shops were nice to look at but super pricey – felt like they were all aimed at those non-existent wealthy 30-somethings you see on hoardings for new developments called things like ‘Unity’.

    I predict them ending up filling central space with lots of little pop up stalls and stuff before falling into a financial black hole within a few years because I can’t see this place has a sustainable market. The undead spirits of Bagley's and The Cross etc will have their revenge.
  20. editor

    editor hiraethified

    There's already a thread on this so I've got a-mergin'
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  21. marty21

    marty21 One on one? You're crazy.

    Went there last summer to meet a mate (her suggestion) found it a bit soulless , had a drink in a Mexican-y bar - a bottle of beer that was brewed in Greenwich cost about £7 ffs - we didn't linger :D found somewhere else in Kings X proper.
  22. Badgers

    Badgers Mr Big Shrimp!

  23. maomao

    maomao 四月她爹

    Meantime? They saw you coming. It was 3 quid a pint at the Havering show this year.
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  24. ska invita

    ska invita back on the other side

    Yeah, mainly families from Somers Town with their kids. Central St Martins tried to ban them doing this but gave up quickly. Best bit about the development. The canal is a nicer walk these days too
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  25. skyscraper101

    skyscraper101 0891 50 50 50

    West for a meal there with some ex colleagues. Agree its a horrid soulless empty looking corporate space with barely anything interesting worth going down there for.

    Load of bollocks.
  26. Pickman's model

    Pickman's model every man and every woman is a star

    when i've been down there i have always found leaving the place a great pleasure and almost worth a trip there to experience
  27. marty21

    marty21 One on one? You're crazy.

    no, it had a Mexican-y name

    could have been Meantime Tijuana Pale Ale I guess :hmm:
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  28. marty21

    marty21 One on one? You're crazy.

    We ended up at The Betjiman in St Pancras Station
  29. Cloo

    Cloo Surfeit of lampreys

    Granary Square is ok as at least it is accessible and is fun for kids in summer, and you don't feel like you have to spend lots of money to justify being there. It feels like it is actually used by local community too.
    Badgers likes this.

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