King’s Cross Filling Station is a curious addition to London’s temporary spaces, just don’t call it a pop-up. The folk behind it, namely Office of Change (a consultancy founded by Bistrotheque co-founder Pablo Flack, as a way to work on the many projects spiralling from the cultural dining phenomenon), are at pains to stress just that; it’s semi-permanent, here for at least two years, before news homes are built… definitely not a pop-up. Got that? OK, onwards we move.
The building itself comes courtesy of the rather talented Carmody Groarke, it’s a beautifully fragile vision of the petrol station that it’s been built around, part-retro, part-futurist, steeped in space-age Americana; it’s a looks a bit like how the movie Drive sounds – the sweeping translucent waves of its façade pulsating like a soft electro drum track, the elegant, haunting signage recalling the warmth of oscillating synths. A little too poetic? But it’s true, the warm glow of that loosely kerned font… it just does something to you.
Inside, the Bistrotheque chaps do what they know best; Shrimpy’s is a critically acclaimed diner in the station’s former kiosk. Serving up the kind of West Coast cuisine that the exterior has you daydreaming of, it all comes together quite nicely – Soft shell crab burger, chowder, chimichurri… you could easily forget your’re overlooking the Regent’s Canal. Bold, unique, and effortlessy indulging those with synth-soundtracked road-trip fantasies; King’s Cross Filling Station is an inspirational new cultural hub for the next couple of years, just don’t call it a pop-up.