How to spend your summer on King Street

Whether we’re in the midst of another heatwave or the Manchester rain has returned, there’s plenty to do this summer on King Street.

Al fresco dining

Make the most of the sunshine by dining at one of King Street’s restaurants with outdoor space. Experience the different tastes of the Iberian Peninsula at either El Gato Negro Tapas or Tast Catala whilst you bask in the sun.

Alternatively, you can enjoy a slice of freshly made pizza from Franco Manca out on the street. Accompanied with a cocktail, wine, beer or your favourite soft drink, Franco Manca gives you an authentic taste of Italy right here on King Street.

Shop for Summer Essentials

Regardless of whether you’re going away this summer or not, we’d argue that there’s never a wrong time to upgrade your wardrobe. And, there’s no better way to do that than with a visit to King Street.

If you’re looking for some new kicks, Crepslocker is the place to be. With a huge selection of different designer trainers on offer, you’re bound to come out smiling and stylish.

For those smarter summer occasions, you might want to take a trip to Loake The Brogue Trader or Dooley And Rostron for some smart wedding-worthy attire. Whereas if you’re a frequenter of music festivals, then Pretty Green is the one for you.

Don’t forget the new Diesel x Tom of Finland AllTogether Pride Capsule. This exclusive collection takes artworks selected from the foundation’s catalogue and brings them to life on genderless pieces, ranging from jeans, T-shirts, sweatshirts and intimate. Perfect for Pride season.

Visit the galleries

There are three places on King Street to enjoy some great art. Art can be enjoyed at any time of the year and the galleries on King Street regularly put new pieces on display.

Castle Fine Art has worked with some of the biggest names in art – including Ronnie Wood, Marvel and Bob Dylan, and with homegrown talent. They have helped nurture the careers of the artists that they have discovered themselves.

George Thornton Art is an independent art gallery that exhibits and sells affordable, contemporary, original works by exceptional local talent and international artists.

Whitewall is bringing art closer to home for everyone and aims to encourage people to either begin collecting art or to expand their existing collections in exciting new directions.

Shine bright

Summertime means more sunshine. More sunshine means plenty of opportunities for your diamonds to shine!

King Street has a wide range of jewellery shops for you to find that perfect piece including Austen Blake, Boodles, Hancocks, Harrington & Hallworth and Suttons & Robertsons.

Franco Manca Joins King Street

Boasting the best sourdough pizzas in all the land, we’re happy to share that Franco Manca pizzeria opened up a new branch on King Street last month!

The Franco Manca Story

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Franco Manca translates to “Franco is missing” in Italian. This is in reference to the former owner of the original Brixton restaurant in 1986, where it was called simpy ‘Francos’. By 2008 Franco had had enough and asked his friend Giuseppe Mascoli if he would like to take it over. Giuseppe and his friend Bridget took it over and called it Franco Manca in homage to Franco’s hard work.

Despite never running a restaurant before, Giuseppe and Bridget made it a success and soon opened up another restaurant. Today, Franco Mancas can be found in many locations across the country and we’re incredibly happy that King Street, Manchester is one of them!

Fresh and local

Dough is made fresh on site every day and the restaurant uses specially selected seasonal ingredients that are sourced locally. Franco Manca’s Neapolitan-inspired cuisine is a true taste of Italy in the UK and it is quickly becoming one of Manchester’s best al fresco dining spots. We’d recommend booking your table before the sun disappears and the Manchester rain returns.

Find Franco Manca at 37 – 43 King Street and for more information visit

It’s Pride Season, Manchester!

This year, we have so many great reasons and occasions to show Pride! June, July and August all have significance this year for the LGBTQIA+ community in Manchester, so why not show your support and get involved?

June – Pride Month

June is typically acknowledged as Pride month across the world. But why June? This month was chosen because that was the month when the Stonewall Riots took place – an important protest in 1969 in New York. It is known as the turning point for LGBTQ+ rights in the world when the community finally stood up in protest against the way they were treated. This event transformed the gay liberation movement and even inspired London’s first Pride march three years later in 1972.

Pride month is about acceptance, equality, celebrating the work of LGBTQ+ people, education in LGBTQ+ history and raising awareness of the issues that face the LGBTQ+ community today.

July – 50 Years of Pride in the UK

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July will mark 50 years since the first official Pride march in the UK. On 1st July 1972 (the closest weekend to the anniversary of the Stonewall Riots) approximately 2,000 people took to the streets of London in protest from Hyde Park to Trafalgar Square.

Marking 50 years of Pride in the UK gives us reason to celebrate how far LGBTQ+ rights have come.  It also encourages us to appreciate the history, remember the sacrifices that were made and how in some places there’s still work to be done.

August – Manchester Pride

And last, but certainly not least, August is when Manchester Pride takes place. A place for Mancunians and their friends to fly the flag, proudly express themselves and celebrate their true identity.

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This year the event starts on Friday 26 August and ends on Monday 29 August. We’ll be doing plenty to celebrate so keep an eye out on King Street in August for something special. See here for the history of Manchester Pride.

It doesn’t end there…

Pride season thankfully comes around every year but the fight for equality and acceptance goes on. There are still people, communities and countries that deny LGBTQ+ people the right to be themselves. At King Street, we continue to stand with the LGBTQ+ community, this Pride season and beyond. Join us and show your proud support!

Not sure how to show your support? Akt has a number of ways you can show your support on their website.  

New openings on King Street

What a great month June is turning out to be. Not only did we have the pleasure of welcoming you to our Flower Show and Jubilee celebrations, but we’re also welcoming two exciting new openings on King Street this month!

King Street Grooming – a cut above the rest

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June marked the opening of King Street Grooming. A much-anticipated arrival since this is not just your standard barbers. Alongside offering a range of different grooming options such as skin fades and hot towel shaves, King Street Grooming also takes bookings and walk-ins for men’s therapy. Facials, waxing, botox, and even LED light therapy are all on offer for the gents of King Street. The first of its kind for Manchester!

And, as if that wasn’t enough to entice you, they are currently offering 10% off barbering and 30% off aesthetics throughout June.

You can find Eli, Gareth, Mou and Nathan at 44 King Street. Walk in or book online.

King Street’s new best MATE

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This month we’re also giving a warm King Street welcome to MATE, now offering Manchester the sleekest, fastest and most versatile foldable e-bikes on the market. Whether you’re commuting in the city or heading off-road, your new MATE has your back.

Starting with just the desire to shake things up, MATE was founded in Denmark and quickly became the most successful European crowdfunding campaign ever.

With stores already established in 10 countries, the new Manchester King Street store is already open for you to visit. Not only can you browse and explore the different models and styles on offer, but you can also book yourself a test ride or get repairs and maintenance on your existing MATE Bike.

MATE is now open at 50 King Street. Open 10 am – 6 pm, Monday to Saturday.