Known affectionately by Londoners as ‘The Cally’, Caledonian Road is entering a new era. This is a historic area of central London with amazing potential, between the spectacular regeneration zone just north of King’s Cross, and the long-established, sought after neighbourhood of Islington.
Caledonian Road is an extremely well connected location, giving you the choice of London Underground from Caledonian Road station and Overground from Caledonian Road and Barnsbury.
International links are very good too. The Piccadilly Line runs direct to Heathrow Airport. It’s also just one station from Caledonian Road to King’s Cross St Pancras International, London’s Eurostar terminal, whose European destinations are becoming ever more numerous and frequent.
London is a restaurant city, where foodies have a whole world of cuisine to satisfy their hunger. It ranges from Michelin-star excellence to pop-up restaurants and street food vendors. Gastro pubs, ethnic canteens, neighbourhood brasseries and celebrity chef empires are all part of the picture too.
There are numerous areas to eat at close to Cally Road, all offering somthing different. Islington’s Upper Street in particular gives the impression of having a different restaurant every few yards, and the range could not be more diverse. It has the original branch of Ottolenghi, Mexican at Wahaca, American burgers at Five Guys, tapas at La Farola, cocktails at Hoxley & Porter, gastropub fare at the Duke of Cambridge, and many, many more.
Restaurants, bars and cafés of every description cluster around Camden Town, where Japanese, Turkish, Thai and American Deep South cooking, to name just a few, can all be tried. Over in Hoxton and Shoreditch, the choices are just as diverse and include Peruvian, classic French, southern Italian, and Scandinavian. In both neighbourhoods, there seems to be a pub or cocktail bar on every corner, and many double as clubs and live music venues after dark.
In King’s Cross, popular destinations in the new Granary Square include Caravan and Dishoom. The German Gymnasium is a new and already highly praised restaurant specialising in Mittel-European flavours, and chef Marcus Wareing brings his celebrated talents to the Gilbert Scott, within the Gothic extravagance of the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel.
Some of London’s most prestigious shopping districts are just a short tube journey from Caledonian Road. Alight at Knightsbridge, just 16 minutes by tube from Caledonian Road*, for world famous Harrods and Harvey Nichols, or Covent Garden, where the likes of Paul Smith, Apple and Orla Kiely have flagship stores. The West End has Selfridges, Liberty, Hamleys, and the international labels of Bond Street and Regent Street as well as Bloomsbury Shopping Centre at Russell Square. A shopping experience of an entirely different kind can be enjoyed at Westfield, home to over 300 shops, from the affordably attainable to the last word in luxury. By tube, it’s just under 30 minutes’ journey from Caledonian Road*.
Nearer to Caledonian Road, Islington is yet another enticing option for the discerning shopper. Upper Street is lined with shops, many specialising in original furnishings and fashion. Camden Passage, traditionally renowned for its many antique dealers, has now expanded its offerings to include gourmet foods, jewellery, even a trendy knitting shop.
Just around the corner from Caledonian Road is Caledonian Park, whose Grade II Listed clock tower is a remnant from the days when the park was the Metropolitan Cattle Market. Now the park is an oasis of woodland and meadows. Market Road Gardens is next to Caledonian Park and combines a nature conservation area with sports pitches and Islington Tennis Centre.
London is of course known for its parks, and some of the biggest and best can be found on the north side of the city: The Regent’s Park, Victoria Park, Finsbury Park and Hampstead Heath amongst them. All can be easily reached from Caledonian Road.
Some of the world’s most visited arts attractions are here, with the British Museum, Tate Modern, the National Gallery and Victoria and Albert Museum all high on the list. Performance venues from the Royal Albert Hall to the O2 bring in megastars of music from all over the world. London also has countless smaller galleries, museums, theatres and arts spaces where originality thrives.
Around Caledonian Road, cultural venues include the Almeida Theatre, King’s Head Theatre, Sadler’s Wells and the Estorick Collection in Islington, while King’s Place in King’s Cross provides an exciting new space for music and performance of every genre.