Coal Drops Yard Shopping Center
Last week the ladies and I had the opportunity to check out the new shopping centre in London Coal Drops Yard. It was an old horse stable back in the day and coal mine. We were invited to have a sneak peak before the shopping holiday season kicked off. The idea behind the new shopping centre is to encourage shoppers to buy local emerging brands. The great thing about it is they also make rent accessible to the emerging designer budgets.
Coal Drops Yard, the new Heatherwick Studio-designed shopping and restaurant district in London’s King’s Cross, opened its doors to the public on Friday 26 October 2018. The first wave of stores and restaurants, which represent a majority of those confirmed to launch, will also open on this date, alongside Lower Stable Street and a number of special pop-ups.
Retail is definitely making a come back with new retail outlets like this. Shopping in brick and mortar stores is about an experience, not just a shopping one. Places like Coal Drops Yard is actually nice for a casual date because there is so much to do and see in the area. The developer’s aim was to make it a place you want to hang out unlike at a mall.
Emerging Designer Shopping Hangout
Coal Drops Yard is a vibrant new shopping district at the centre of King’s Cross, home to over 50 stores, restaurants and cafés, bringing together a community of like-minded brands in a reimagined set of historic buildings and arches directly adjacent to Granary Square and Regent’s Canal. Coal Drops Yard was originally established in 1850 to handle the eight million tonnes of coal delivered to the capital each year and was latterly the location of nightclubs Bagley’s and The Cross. The area is now reopening, reinvented by the acclaimed Heatherwick Studio, which has interwoven a contemporary design with the surviving structures, streets and rich ironwork of the original Victorian coal drops.
They also opened Lower Stable Street, a new street for pop-ups, live events and experiential stores from a creative collective of established and up-and-coming brands. Curated by the independent magazine,KIOSK N1C, Lower Stable Street is a sunken street between Stable Street and the main Coal Drops Yard, the home of 11 smaller spaces set to host brand workshops, one-off events and immersive shopping experiences that celebrate fashion, beauty, music, culture and the arts.
Stores and restaurants on the market-style street will be on a mix of long and flexible leases; encouraging brands to experiment with innovative in-store activations and allow the street to reinvent itself multiple times each year. Brands will also be encouraged to collaborate together, as well as with stores in Coal Drops Yard and with King’s Cross institutions such as Central Saint Martins.
Pop-ups confirmed at Coal Drops Yard include a specially-curated space by Stockholm-based independent design brand Hem, a concept store from Christopher Raeburn featuring collaborations with Timberland, Finisterre and Palladium, as well as a workshop space from STORE Store, which will present a unique chance for young people to see their ideas go from imagination to reality; from initial conception through to design, prototype, manufacture and finally retail. On weekends STORE’s workshops will spill out into the open space of the yard itself, offering an opportunity for interaction between students, passers-by and tenants.
Alongside a series of independent stores, Coal Drops Yard will house a range of cafés and bars, top restaurants and new public spaces, making it an oasis-like space for visitors to dwell, discover and to explore. Special in-store events, workshops, pop-ups and talks will all feature as part of an ongoing programme of activities and events.
If you are in London visiting, work in the area or just want to check it out we highly recommend a warm coat this season and some comfortable shoes. You will definitely enjoy the experience as we did. Let us know below what you think of the new shopping emerging designer mecca in London.
Stores and restaurants that opened at Coal Drops Yard:
American Vintage, Barrafina, Beija London, bonds. King’s Cross, Caravane, Casa Pastor, Christopher Raeburn (Pop-up), Cubitts, The Drop, Emin & Paul, Form & Thread, Fred Perry, Joseph Cheaney & Sons, Lavenham, Le Chocolat Alain Ducasse, , LPOL, Manifesto, Maya Magal London, MHL., Miller Harris, Paul Smith, Rains, S120, The Sports Edit, Tracey Neuls, Universal Works, Vermuteria, Wolf & Badger.
Stores and restaurants on Lower Stable Street:
Ally Capellino, Beautystack, House of Cans, iyouall, KIOSK N1C, MDR Gallery, Redemption Roasters
Stores and restaurants opening November 2018:
COS, Hem (Pop-Up), hicce x Wolf & Badger, Morty & Bob’s, Sacred Gold, STORE Store (Pop-up), Superga, Outsiders Store, FACEGYM, Twiin, Bodega Rita’s, Honest Jon’s
Stores opening late 2018/early 2019:
Aesop, Finisterre, Malin & Goetz, Samsung, STORE Store (Lower Stable Street), Le Cafe Alain Ducasse