Summer has finally hit London and it’s the perfect weather to enjoy a drink outside and somehow attempt to escape the Olympic anxiety that every Londoner is feeling (enthusiasm it definitely ain’t). However it isn’t that easy to find nice al fresco spots in a city where space isn’t exactly in abundance. This is why I was so happy to find this little gem of a place. Just a quick walk away from the rather unappealing Kings cross station, the whole area in the last decades quite justifiable one of quick transit rather than hip hangout spot, yet somehow in a total world of its own with a kind of utopian Gatsby feel I have been back nearly every day since discovering it. Formerly a petrol filling station that now houses THE restaurant of the moment Shrimpy’s, the forecourt has been transformed into, in my opinion, one of the best spots to enjoy the sunshine. Sitting on wooden benches whilst overlooking the Regents canal and with the looming and atmospheric neon lettering on both sides, you can sit down order one of their amazing margarita slushies, a glass of prosecco or even one of their weekly changing stone oven baked pizzas and get a real feeling of holiday in the middle of the city and with building cranes filling the skyline. The whole thing has been conceived as two year pop up operation, all part of a wider regeneration of an area that I think can do with more nice places to eat out and hang out especially as I live quite close by and has very quickly become one of my favorite London discoveries. Go while it is sunny, get a slushie and watch people and life go by!
Open 7 days a week, 12-22, The Filling Station- York Way