In Autumn 2018, the doors will open at Coal Drops Yard, a new shopping destination for London – 100,000 sq ft of shops, cafés, bars and restaurants at the heart of King’s Cross.

The cobbled streets and industrial architecture of Victorian London provide the wonderfully atmospheric backdrop. Reinvented by Heatherwick Studio, Coal Drops Yard gives retailers the opportunity to deliver a captivating and memorable experience.

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Victorian London was a city powered by coal, and Coal Drops Yard was its coal store. Designed to handle the eight million tonnes of coal delivered to the capital each year, these extraordinary structures were a feat of Victorian engineering.

Remarkably, the grand brick viaducts, cobbled streets and rich ironwork have survived, and are today being brought back to life in a design by Heatherwick Studio.
Coal Drops Yard History
Coal Drops Yard History

"The site is the perfect mix of grittiness and shininess, simultaneously a symbol of London's industrial and engineering past and the creative present"
Edwin Heathcote - Architecture critic at the Financial Times


Heatherwick Studio has created a design for Coal Drops Yard that captures all the drama of the historic architecture and setting – accentuating and enriching it.

Victorian engineering is interwoven with contemporary design. The result is a unique and wonderfully atmospheric canvas for retailers.

"Coal Drops Yard was immediately fascinating to work on because the site is so unusual"
Thomas Heatherwick