The area around King’s Cross and St Pancras stations has seen massive regeneration, going from what was once a very seedy part of town to a modern business hub. Big tech companies such as Google and Facebook have moved to the area and a lively restaurant scene has followed. New shops and eateries have popped up all around Granary Square, pulling in the crowds both day and night.
West, along the canal, Camden is great for browsing and shopping, or just sitting by the water enjoying a drink and listening to music.
There are plenty of restaurant options in and around the stations. St Pancras has everything from cafes and burger joints to champagne bars and high-end restaurants at the Renaissance Hotel. King's Cross is more geared towards 'grab and go' food, though there are some sit down options on the mezzanine level.
Pancras Square, between King's Cross and St Pancras stations, has some good options for food and drinks, including the stunning German Gymnasium, which is worth a visit to admire the interior space.
Up towards the canal, along King's Boulevard and on Granary Square, you'll find Kerb Street Food market at lunchtimes every Wednesday – Friday. Whether you're a hardcore carnivore or a committed vegan, you'll find delicious dishes to sit and eat on the steps by the canal as you watch the boats go past.
For dining options, head to Granary Square and Stable Street, around the corner, where there are new restaurants opening nearly every week. They can get very busy in the evening and on sunny afternoons so book or get there early to avoid waiting.
Eating out in Camden is more casual, with fewer restaurants geared towards the work and after work crowd. There's generally a pretty young, relaxed atmosphere, with plenty of street food and budget options.
Harry Potter fans can drop into King’s Cross station for a selfie with the luggage trolley disappearing through the wall onto platform 9 ¾, or pop into the shop for a souvenir or two. Prepare to queue, especially at lunchtimes when the station gets very busy.
For a bit of culture, the British Library next to St Pancras Station, has regular literary-related exhibitions, or visit Charles Dickens' former home, now a museum, on Doughty Street.
Bargain hunters and popular music lovers shouldn't miss Camden Lock and the sprawling market, great for vintage clothes, jewelry and eclectic souvenirs. There are lots of bars where you can sit and listen to bands playing, or just enjoy the buzz.
Hardcore music fans should head to Camden High Street and Chalk Farm Road, home to well-known music venues like the Electric Ballroom, KOKO, the Lock Tavern and the Roundhouse.