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Our produce is vitally important to us here at Karpo Grill. We always source the best ingredients and produce, and we love to work with local suppliers where we can. Our coffee is no exception and we are proud to serve King’s Cross with what we consider to be some of the best: Ozone Empire Espresso blend.

Ozone Coffee Roasters started out in 1998 in a small New Zealand surf town. Since then, New Zealand’s coffee culture has revolutionized the global coffee market with new styles and new approaches to the process. Ozone have also moved a little closer to us, now roasting and serving their coffee over on Leonard Street, just off Old Street’s Silicon Roundabout.

Our go-to morning coffee hit at Karpo Grill  is the rather excellent Empire blend. Ozone’s flagship espresso blend has constantly evolved over the years but the goal has always stayed the same – pack as much sweetness, chocolate & caramel into an espresso as possible, along with the most, rich, smooth silky body achievable. The components change throughout the year in-line with the availability of fresh crop but Ozone work hard to maintain the taste profile & quality in the cup. Empire is a trusty friend that we know we can count on time & again.

Empire is the name of the first café that offered this blend in New Plymouth, NZ, hometown to Ozone. It’s central to the Ozone story, and a foundation of their own empire. It’s a bright and zingy espresso blend with nougat, malt and orange notes. The beans that go into this fabulous elixir come from Brazil, Guatemala, Colombia and Ethiopia before being roasted and blended here in London.

If you like the beans as much as we do, you’ll be happy to know that you can buy them direct from Ozone, and if you want to dig deeper and learn how to make that perfect cup at home they offer semi-regular courses at Leonard Street. That should help make your stay with us in King’s Cross go with a zing!

New Summer Menu at Karpo Grill

13th July 2017 | Hotel News

With British Summer in full swing we’ve just launched our new summer menu at Karpo Grill, showcasing the best British… Read More

Bastille Day at Karpo Grill

12th July 2017 | Hotel News, Restaurants, Things to do

We’re a truly international team here and we’ll be celebrating Bastille Day at Karpo Grill. To help your celebrations along… Read More

Happy Summer at the Megaro Bar

11th July 2017 | Bars and Pubs, Hotel News, Things to do

Happy Summer at the Megaro Bar The Megaro Bar is our underground oasis from the hustle of King’s Cross. Sit… Read More

The Victory Room, Karpo Grill, London

Experience the Victory Room

| Hotel News, Things to do

  Experience the Victory Room Down in the cockpit, Lord Nelson was surrounded by his men on the dark evening… Read More

View of St Pancras station from Megaro hotel King's Cross

9 money saving tips for experiencing London on a budget

1st August 2016 | Hotel News, Things to do, Travel Information

Everyone assumes that a trip to the Big Smoke will always be expensive – after all, England’s capital city is… Read More

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Soho area guide: where to eat in Soho [Map]

18th July 2016 | Hotel News, Kings Cross Maps, Pubs and Restaurants

Soho is such a wonderfully eclectic part of London, and one that perfectly fits the description ‘melting pot’. It has been a key cornerstone of the city’s jazz scene from the 1950s; it was way too cool for school during the Swinging 60s; and it remains at the very heart of London’s theatre scene. We’re not biased, but we believe a visit to Soho during your stay at our King’s Cross hotel is one of the ‘must-see’ activities in London.

King’s Cross to Westminster: restaurants and bars [Map]

15th June 2016 | Hotel News, Kings Cross Maps, Pubs and Restaurants

Welcome to part 2 of our Westminster area guide. For this installation we’re satiating your hunger after your day exploring Westminster with our round up of where to eat and drink in the area.

London safety: 9 useful travel safety tips for your next trip

18th May 2016 | Hotel News, Travel Information

London is generally a very safe city to visit, but, as when spending time in any large city, it pays to be sensible and to take precautions. Read on for our 9 super useful travel tips for your next trip.

7 top London museums you have to see

16th May 2016 | Hotel News, Things to do

London is absolutely awash with first class museums, with so many on offer that the humble visitor may feel somewhat spoilt for choice during your stay at our King’s Cross hotel. And as most of them are free, you’ll have stacks of cash left over to chuck around liberally in the gift shop. Hurrah!

Football - The California Eurostar Hotel

The California guide to the Euros 2016: travelling via the Eurostar King’s Cross

26th April 2016 | Hotel News, Travel Information

The Euros 2016 will be a key highlight for all sports lovers this summer, and – hosted just over the Channel – there will be plenty of opportunity for English fans to travel via London to see the matches live. It’s incredibly easy to get to the Eurostar King’s Cross terminal itself, typically by walking from your accommodation here at The California in just a few short minutes.

Things to do in April in King’s Cross

12th April 2016 | Hotel News, Things to do

Spring is officially here but we all know that April is the month of showers and that the British weather will never be the most dependable in the world. That’s why our round-up of April things to do during your stay at our King’s Cross hotel aims to give you plenty of ideas whatever show Mother Nature decides to put on.

How to avoid jet lag whilst staying in our King’s Cross apartments

1st April 2016 | Hotel News, Travel Information

There’s nothing worse than jet lag. Well, that’s not exactly true. But we hate the thought of our guests at Megaro having anything but a great time in London, which is why we’ve compiled this guide on how to beat jet lag and how our King’s Cross apartments can be the best choice for getting the old rhythms back into shape.