Markets and street food traders vie with some of the city’s most interesting new restaurants, and there is no shortage of options in King’s Cross, no matter what your budget or occasion.

For a real treat, there is Searcy’s Champagne Bar in the newly developed St Pancras Station, which boasts Europe’s longest champagne bar. Don’t get too carried away, though, as you might wake up in Paris wondering how you got there.

If champagne isn’t your thing, don’t be put off, as it’s still a wonderful spot to visit, situated underneath the incredible wrought iron and glass ceiling, surrounded by Art Deco lamps.

The Kerb Street Food Market is fantastic to stroll through and offers all sorts of international street food to enjoy beside the canal. If the sun’s shining try and resist the urge to jump in the canal because one of the best things ever is now a thing in King’s Cross…

The King’s Cross Pond. There is now an open-air swimming pool in the middle of King’s Cross! And it’s also an art installation, for those of you who like to admire art while floating. The King’s Cross Pond has showers and changing rooms and is surrounded by lovely greenery for your friends to relax on and laugh at you swimming in the middle of King’s Cross.

Drink Shop Do on Caledonian Road is a whacky all-day cafe, loaded with lots of scrummy snacks, from healthy treats to not-so-healthy-but-better treats, with great cocktails, music and craft classes. It is a lot of fun.

Pizza Union is a great spot for dinner on a budget. Delicious fire-baked pizzas (a basic Margherita for just £3.95 at the time of writing!) and very reasonably priced Prosecco.