Coal Drops Yard is kind of the epicentre of urban regeneration in King’s Cross, a shopping centre and food court built on the grounds of a set of coal drops – sites where locomotives would refill coal. There are plenty of great places to stop for a bite and a coffee, but Redemption Roasters is especially interesting.
All the coffee you’ll find here is made from beans from a roastery at Aylesbury Prison, part of a scheme designed to give inmates the chance to learn a trade they can ply when they’re released. Young offenders are also trained as baristas. As if that wasn’t enough, the coffee is also available to purchase wholesale, in case one cup simply won’t cut it.