Once not much more than a transport hub for national and international train travel, King’s Cross has seen a resurgence in recent years. Granary Square is the home of renowned arts school Central Saint Martins and some of London’s top restaurants (Caravan and Dishoom most notably), while Coal Drops Yard heralded the arrival of design-driven boutiques and street food-inspired eateries. While the area is continuously developing, the opening of hotels such as The Standard has cemented King’s Cross as a neighbourhood on the up.
Those with a flair for the dramatic will love this colourful and eclectic boutique hotel. The Megaro has teamed up with fashion labels Diesel and Doc Martens on a collection of design-led corner suites, and there’s a self-serve steampunk “minibar” in the lobby. The Megaro Eatery serves classic British cuisine, and there are cocktails and live music at the hotel’s underground piano bar. The rooms are bright, spacious and quiet – that is, until you turn the Aerobull speakers (life-size replicas of French bulldogs) up to maximum volume.
The comfortable, luxurious rooms, inspired by railway sleeper carriages, feature the latest in soundproofing technology to keep the noise from King’s Cross Station at bay. There’s modern British dining from Mark Sargeant at Plum + Spilt Milk, and not one but two cocktail bars including GNH Bar, with show-stopping chandeliers and floor-to-ceiling shelves stocked with the finest spirits. Grab a coffee from Kiosk Café to keep you going as you stroll one of London’s busiest neighbourhoods.
The Megaro’s smaller sibling has a much more casual vibe. The rooms boast some of the comfiest beds in London, providing a welcome respite for those looking to spend their time exploring the Big Smoke. Its design sits somewhere between 21st-century millennial and ’60s chic, with busy patterned wallpaper, parquet flooring and bed frames that riff on Victorian cast-iron style. The California is perfect for couples looking for an affordable weekend city break close to the action, and solo travellers will appreciate the great-value single rooms. Brunch at The Megaro is a must, with its menu that merges Italian and English classics.
Point A punches well above its weight thanks to good design, mood lighting, power showers and some seriously comfy mattresses. This hotel is great for couples who want somewhere comfortable and well connected without luxury. A dazzling breakfast array of croissants, cinnamon swirls, cheese and bacon twists, yoghurts and more will keep you fuelled for a busy day exploring Granary Square, Upper Street and beyond.
Housed in the former Camden Town Hall Annex, this 1974 Brutalist building is now the home to the first Standard hotel outside of the USA. The building’s striking exterior has been meticulously maintained, with the addition of an external cherry-red elevator that whisks dining guests straight to the hotel’s 10th-floor restaurant. Interiors are time-bending, feeling simultaneously futuristic and ’70s-inspired with deep-stained wood and leather furniture, geometric textiles and windows that would look at home on a spaceship. Opt for a Junior Suite Terrace for the enormous outdoor space, complete with an al fresco bathtub to (quite literally) soak in the city views. Michelin-star chef Peter Sanchez-Iglesias helms the top-floor restaurant and bar, where you’ll find more sweeping views and a menu that combines his Spanish heritage with his love for Mexico – be sure to whizz up in the “red pill” lift for a holiday-making meal.
Molly Codyre contributed to additional reporting in this article.