Extended dates: September 29-November 1

London is currently enjoying a magnificent, FREE, open-air photography exhibition – the latest winning images from the global Travel Photographer of the Year awards are on display at historic Coal Drops Yard in King’s Cross.

Just a short walk from King’s Cross and St Pancras stations, adjacent to Granary Square and Regent’s canal, this stunning showcase of world-class contemporary travel photography opened on 29 September and run until 1 November (extended from the original closing date of 25 October). The exhibition is the first public showing of the winning shots from the 2019 Travel Photographer of the Year competition (TPOTY). Professional and amateur photographers from 144 countries submitted more than 20,000 images, shot on everything from high-end professional cameras to mobile phones and the winning images present a fascinating, beautiful and thought-provoking view of this planet with its human and wild inhabitants. 

The exhibition also gives photography lovers the chance to buy the latest books from Travel Photographer of the Year, including Journey 12, which features the images in the exhibition and which went on sale for the first time at Kiosk N1C on Lower Stable Street in Coal Drops Yard. The exhibition and books will provide ideal inspiration for aspiring entrants for the 2020 TPOTY awards, which are open for entry until 2 November.

Exhibition visitors can vote for their favourite image online, and everybody who votes will be entered into a draw for the chance to win a range of prizes including a one-day private photography lesson with TPOTY founder Chris Coe.

We are delighted to bring the latest award-winning images from Travel Photographer of the Year to Coal Drops Yard. It’s a superb location, extremely easy to access by public transport for both UK and international visitors and, while there is a host of excellent shops, restaurants and cafes to explore within the historic arches, there is also a wonderfully open-air feel, which is ideal for an exhibition. We are sure that visitors to the exhibition will relish being able to take all the time they need to enjoy the 170+ images on display in such vibrant, elegant surroundings.

Coal Drops Yard is a new exhibition setting for Travel Photographer of the Year, which has held hugely successful exhibitions in a number of London locations over the past 17 years. Coal Drops Yard was originally established in 1850 to handle the eight million tonnes of coal delivered to the capital each year, and was latterly the location of legendary nightclubs Bagley’s and The Cross.

The acclaimed Heatherwick Studio reinvented the area, interweaving a contemporary design with surviving structures. No space at Coal Drops Yard is the same. Stores and restaurants are located in canal-side arches facing cobbled courtyards, within the original ‘coal drops’ themselves and across a series of raised iron viaducts. 

OPENING TIMES: Coal Drops Yard is open to visitors between 10am – 10pm.



Coal Drops Yard is just a few minutes’ walk from King’s Cross and St Pancras rail and tube stations.  As you exit the station, follow signs for Regent’s Canal. Cross the bridge over the canal, and Coal Drops Yard is to your left, just off Granary Square.


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