Comfort Inn St Pancras - Kings Cross
2-5 St. Chad's Street
London, EN WC1H 8BD
Phone: (44) 20 78371940
Fax: (44) 20 72785033
Aux Pains de Papy is a perfect French boulangerie that displays varieties of delicious breads, croissants, pastries and more. Everything that they offer here is made fresh every morning using authentic French standards. The ambiance at Aux Pains de Papy is very cozy and the decor with its wooded flooring and yellow lights gives the place a rustic charm. Their staff is very polite and extremely friendly which enhances the overall experience here. They have limited seating, so the best way to enjoy their coffees and baguettes is by taking them out and devouring them at the nearby park.
The very first lesbian and gay bookshop in the UK, Gay's The Word has an enormous range of queer literature. As well as non-fiction work covering such issues as safe-sex and informing your family about your sexuality, they have a wide variety of fictional titles, from detective novels to romantic fiction. They also have a fine selection of scholarly works. The friendly and knowledgeable staff is more than happy to help you find the title you need.
The Brunswick Shopping Centre is a landmark building from the 1960s that has been restored and now abounds with all kinds of shops and eateries. You can shop for designer wear, catch the latest movie or just enjoy a good meal at this mall. If clothing is what you're searching for, then stores like Benetton, Oasis and LK Bennett will come in handy. You can shop for shoes at stores like Office, while Boots is there to meet all your health and beauty needs. Carluccio's, YO! Sushi, Fastoche and Patisserie Valerie will replenish your energy reserves. There is also the occasional live performance for you to enjoy.
BMJ stands for the British Medical Journal, Britain's most notable publication for doctors and health professionals. This shop is the most comprehensive medical bookstore in the city, especially since H K Lewis has gone. As well as stocking past and present issues of the BMJ magazine, it has a wide range of textbooks on all specialties, medical journals, books for medical students, and exam-help books. A free mail order service for UK orders is also available.
At The People's Supermarket, you will find the freshest possible British produce at prices that don't burn a hole in your pocket. The main aim of this supermarket it to provide the community with healthy food in a manner that is fair to both the producer and the consumer. If you become a member at this food-cooperative, which you can do for the annual cost of GBP25, you must contribute four hours every month to working at the store, for which you will get a discount of 20 percent.
If you're looking for some variation in your literary diet, Persephone Books would be a great starting point. This bookstore specializes in reprinting obscure and neglected works by primarily female authors of the 20th Century. Their collection may be small, but succeeds in familiarizing you with different genres. So if you are a discerning reader or know one, you should definitely visit Persephone.
You might miss Something if you hurry pass it on Lamb’s Conduit Street but once you catch a glimpse of this elongated shop through the glass front, you will want to come in. It's apparently the place where London's fashion editors shop so you're in good company. Something is a calm oasis with racks filled with the catwalk-fresh looks from the likes of Alexander McQueen, Sophie Kokosalaki and Balenciaga. If you are not looking for the latest designer garments, then maybe the personal hi-fi equipment or the cool modern leather chairs from William Plunkett might tempt you.
Folk is a well known and respected label of clothing for both men and women. This shop, located near St. Pancras, is a men's boutique, and is just next door to the women's store of the same brand. Stylish gentlemen can come revamp their wardrobe with shirts, jackets, sweaters, shoes and more.
For an unusually civilized London shopping experience, where you may be lucky enough to have the store owner offer you wine, make your way over to Lamb's Conduit Street. Your shopping options at this Bloomsbury Street, named in recognition of William Lambe's donation to the reconstruction of the Holborn Conduit, are plentiful. You will find many independent stores, at which you can buy anything from clothing to knickknacks. Persephone Books should be on your list if you enjoy 20th Century literature, while Darkroom will meet your needs if handmade accessories are what you want. You can complete the excursion with a Mediterranean meal from Ciao Bella.
Come to Ben Pentreath's in Bloomsbury for a unique shopping experience. If you're looking for new and interesting pieces to add to your home, from art to furniture, Ben Pentreath's should definitely be on your list. You can find anything from porcelain tea services to antique doorknobs, books, stationary, vases and much, much more.
Alara Wholefoods offer a superb selection of vegan and organic delights that are perfect for a healthy and revitalizing lunch. The store not only stocks the usual range of breads, cheeses and fruit but also has a delicious home-made muesli and even a range of cosmetics and vitamin pills. And, if you fancy getting sloshed the healthy way, there is a large selection of organic wines and beers, which, besides being superior in taste, have the undoubted advantage of being free of pesticides, fish scales and oil, pig's blood and a whole host of other undesirable slaughterhouse by-products. They also deliver, so you can feel virtuous without even leaving your desk. Perfect.
London's pioneering farmers' market, Islington Farmers' Market was established in 1999. It was envisioned by Nina Planck, the renowned food writer. The market is in operation between 10a and 2p every Sunday, between Baron and Penton streets. Fresh cheese, eggs and vegetables are some of the most popular items, while the organic poultry and meat are also best-sellers. Some of the producers you will be able to buy from include Channel Fish, Madame Macaroon, The Garlic Farm, Wild Country Organics, Rosie Home Preserves and Cakehole.