Camden: King’s Cross to get new market from Hackney’s Mare Street team

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Mare Street Market King’s Cross will open at Lewis Cubitt Square.

A new market is set to open in King’s Cross in the autumn, with shops and dining.

Barworks, owner of Hackney’s Mare Street Market, is opening its second location at Lewis Cubitt Square, near Coal Drops Yard.

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Mare Street Market King’s Cross will feature eight retailers on the ground floor. Across all three floors will be a café and co-working space, deli, restaurant, and bar, with indoor and outdoor seating for up to 700 covers. Totalling 18,000 sq ft over two levels, it will have 70% more floorspace than the original Mare Street Market.

The market will be next to the Lightroom, which is currently home to the David Hockney exhibition Bigger & Closer (not smaller & further away).

Mare Street Market King’s Cross

Marc Francis-Baum, founder of Barworks, said: “As a creative and vibrant corner of London, I can’t think of a better home for our second Mare Street Market. This space will be a gathering point for everyone in the King’s Cross community, whether that’s grabbing a coffee over a morning meeting, finding a record you can’t source anywhere else or catching up al fresco on a sunny evening with friends. This is a real opportunity to create a unique and magical place where anyone can meet, work, eat, drink, shop and enjoy life.

“Our mission at Mare Street Market has always been to help new businesses on their journey to success, and in turn they help us provide a unique place and offer. Many of these businesses opened their first physical unit in our Hackney site and have now gone on to have their own shops and places.

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“Prioritising access to entry is an ethos we are proud to share with King’s Cross and we can’t wait to open our doors to the community this autumn.”

James Rayner and Marc Francis-Baum outside at King’s CrossJames Rayner and Marc Francis-Baum outside at King’s Cross
James Rayner and Marc Francis-Baum outside at King’s Cross

King’s Cross

James Rayner, head of retail at King’s Cross, said: “We are thrilled to welcome Mare Street Market to King’s Cross in what is our second largest retail deal ever. Mare Street Market’s multi-use model is exactly the kind of concept we want to pioneer and nurture as it aligns with the needs of our customers and residents. Flexible, mixed-use spaces like these represent a new frontier for retail and hospitality.

“2022 was a strong year for King’s Cross as we began to normalise post-Covid and we continue to see an upward trajectory in sales growth in 2023, with retail and F&B sales up by over 20% compared to the same period in 2019. The strength of these figures is reflective of new, flexible patterns of working and living - and with shoppers being more selective with their visits and spending more per visit. This gives our new and existing retailers added confidence in the neighbourhood, which can be seen in the high level of demand we continue to receive for our retail units.”

New brands to have opened at King’s Cross in the last six months include VIA Bicycle Atelier, Sugaring London, Kartel and Beyond Retro.

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