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 francomanca.co.uk.

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.

Crepslocker featured in the Manchester Evening News

Exciting news for King Street’s Crepslocker! Their great success story was featured in an article for the Manchester Evening News earlier this month, focusing on founder Mo Patel’s passion for trainers. The article details his incredible journey from humble beginnings in 2014 to the multi-million-pound business that Crepslocker is today.

Mo started out reselling Nike Huaraches on eBay. He then shifted to promoting his growing side business on Instagram. Eventually, he branched out to rarer and more coveted trainer styles after many successful sales. Today, he and his team of 14 sell thousands of highly desirable and niche designer clothing both online and in-store on King Street.

The article is a great, inspirational read and you can find the full article from the Manchester Evening News here.

Crepslocker can be found at 24-26 King St, Manchester M2 6AG. Open Monday- Saturday 10am – 7pm, Sundays 11:30am-5:30pm

Things to do around Manchester this Spring

Spring has finally arrived, the sun is shining, and the flowers are in bloom. What better way to spend the next few months, than going outdoors and enjoying the fresh air?

With the warmer weather approaching, it can be hard to come up with ideas that suit the whole family…but don’t worry, we’ve got your back! We have put together a list of ideas for things to do in Manchester in Spring, including May bank holiday weekend, May half-term and key spring events.

Here are 5 ways to enjoy Manchester this Spring:

 

1. The Manchester Flower Show & our very own display on King Street

2. A visit to Chester Zoo

3. A weekend stay at King Street Town House

4. A trip to Manchester Art Gallery

5. Grab a bite to eat Al Fresco on King Street

The Spring Edition of King Street Magazine is here!

Welcome to the latest edition of the King Street Magazine. Spring has sprung on King Street and we’ve got everything you need, from al fresco dining to stunning art for your home.

It’s time to put the layers away (give or take) and embrace the latest Spring fashion, dining outdoors and freshening your home with stunning artwork. This edition of the King Street Magazine is bringing you all this and more. We’ve handpicked the best in beauty and wellness products, the boldest, loudest, most beautiful fashion pieces and all the stunning art you’ll need to brighten up your home ready for the Summer. We can’t wait to welcome you to King Street this Spring where we’ll also be supporting The Manchester Flower Show. So get insta-post ready and embrace the floral. We’ll see you there!

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The Spring Home-wear Edit

Spring is finally here, bringing with it the promise of balmier days and even a nationwide April heatwave. So whilst we’re gearing up for this, we can also get excited about the prospect of updating our homes to suit the new season’s best trends… as well as preparing for a spot of al fresco dining. 

We’ve curated a selection of on-trend homewares from our King Street stores to get you ready to raise a glass to the new season.

Flora and fauna

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The White Company – Queen Anne Lace Wreath

This white bloom wreath gives an instant Spring statement, which can be used again and again for years to come. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

White Stuff – Bird Embroidered Cushion

A quick upgrade with statement embroidery and bird motif. Because you can never have enough scatter cushions. 

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White Stuff – Reversible Bed Linen In Purple

Lightweight linen and breathable cotton, you can wrap yourself up in soft pastel tones.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The White Company – Moreton Kubu Entertaining Trolley

Made from all natural kubu that’s handcrafted in Indonesia, this entertaining trolley is perfect for dinner parties that can roll out into the garden.

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The White Company – Picnic Wine Glass

Say goodbye to disposable cups. This premium picnic wine glass is perfect for outdoor dining and garden parties, that will still look chic use after use. 

Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Now that Mother’s Day is fast approaching, it’s time to think of ways to show your love and appreciation to your mother, or other women in your life, who have had a positive impact on you.

We all want to show how important a mother is to her family and thank her for all that she does, that’s why King Street are here to give a helping hand!

Here are 5 gift ideas to show your mother a little gratitude on Mother’s Day:

 

Neals Yard – Seaweed and Arnica Bath Salts 

Let her enjoy a revitalising bath this Mother’s Day with these mineral-rich sea salts, infused with arnica, seaweed extract and a restorative blend of organic juniper, lavender and pine essential oils.⁠

The White Company – Lounge Set ⁠

Treat that special woman in your life to the ultimate loungewear-meets-nightwear hybrid set to lounge around the house in. It’s the definition of cosy!

Hobbs London – Westbourne crossbody bag

“I have too many bags” said no woman, ever! You can’t go wrong with an essential accessory, but which colour to go for? Olive green or cornflower blue…

Boodles Jewellery – Raindance Collection Earrings 

Looking to spoil the woman of the family this Mother’s Day? Why not splash out on the Boodles iconic Raindance collection, pink diamond droplets to show her how much you all appreciate her.

White Stuff – Cushions 

Glam-up mums sofa with some lovely cushions and throws this Mother’s Day. Puffy pink cushions are a definite must-have in any woman’s home!

LGBTQ+ Throughout History in Manchester

This month is LGBTQ+ History Month. Let’s take a look back at some of the key milestones that have shaped the timeline of the LGBTQ+ community in Manchester.

The first Manchester Pride was held on the August bank holiday of 1985 in the Gay Village. Today, it is one of the UKs leading LGBTQ+ festivals. Manchester Pride provides opportunities that engage LGBTQ+ individuals in Greater Manchester to thrive. Every penny raised is given back to the community and the festival is dedicated to raising awareness for LGBTQ+ issues in the fight for equality.

 

1968

Lesbians and trans women of colour were some of the key people involved in the Stonewall riots of 1968, sparking a movement which formed the Gay Liberation Front (GLF). The GLF organised a march to continue the momentum of the uprising. This became known as the origin of Pride. Fast forward 50 years and we have the celebratory Pride we all know and love, but it’s important to remember that it wouldn’t be possible if not for trans and gender non-conforming people of colour.

1985

Manchester Pride commenced in 1985 in the Gay Village with the support of a new batch of Labour Party Councillors. The Labour Party even appointed a Lesbian and Gay officer, a move inspired by Ken Livingstone. In 1986, the bars on Oxford Street all got together to raise money for AIDS organisations in the city, with the gay community pulling their efforts in true activism style, despite police hostility at the time.

1989

By 1989, events were all about fundraising for the wards at Mansall Hospital to help people receiving treatment for HIV/AIDS.

1990

The Albert Kennedy Trust opened in Manchester to support young homeless LGBT people. The Trust was launched following the tragic death of Albert Kennedy who fell from a car park roof in Manchester city centre while being chased by several attackers in a car.

1991

After a growth in popularity, the Village Charity was established, running the festival then known as Manchester Mardi Gras, ‘The Festival of Fun’ – complete with cultural performances and fireworks; the epitome of a good time! They raised £15,000.

1994

BiPhoria was formed for bisexual people in Manchester, England. It is the oldest extant bisexual organisation in the UK. They provide opportunities to meet and talk with other bisexuals and those who are questioning their sexual orientation. The first bisexual Pride flag would be unveiled 4 years later on December 5, 1998.

2003

2003 saw the abolition of Section 28 of the 1988 Local Government Act. Section 28, a piece of legislation introduced by Margaret Thatcher’s Conservative government, stated that local authorities were not allowed to “intentionally promote homosexuality or publish material with the intention of promoting homosexuality”.

The Mardi Gras festival had over 100,000 colourful Pride-goers attending throughout the ’90s and early ’00s. In 2003, Manchester also hosted ‘EuroPride’. A ten-day event comprising sports, music, dance and other cultural activities all culminating in the August bank holiday termed as ‘The Big Weekend’. In the closing ceremony of Mardi Gras, it was announced that the event would be known as Manchester Pride, with The Big Weekend as it’s flagship event.

2005

The first Sparkle weekend for the trans community is held on Canal Street. Sparkle is a national transgender charity based in Manchester, celebrating the transgender community. Sparkle Weekend occurs on the second weekend of every July, with local bars and restaurants sponsoring and advertising the event.

2007

Manchester Pride officially became a charity in its own right to raise money and awareness for LGBTQ+ people across Greater Manchester.

2013

The Marriage (Same-Sex Couples) Act 2013 is passed into law.

2016

Carl Austin-Behan became Manchester’s first openly gay Lord Mayor, and at age 44, he was also one of the youngest. His term ended in May 2017, and in August 2018, he was appointed LGBT advisor to Greater Manchester mayor, Andy Burnham.

Manchester Pride was successfully running The Big Weekend event drawing over 170,000 visitors and raising over £149,000 for the community. Did you know Manchester was the first parade to include the police, the army and NHS floats?

2019

Manchester Pride was praised for becoming the first UK Pride to adopt the additional colours
on the flag, ensuring people from black and minority ethnicity (BAME) backgrounds feel represented and welcome at their events.

2020

Pride was different in 2020 for everyone, but also provided an opportunity to learn our Pride history.

2021

Manchester Pride Festival 2021 events included:

The Gay Village Party
Equality Marches
The Candlelit Vigil
MCR Pride Live
Superbia Weekend
Human Rights Forum
Youth Pride MCR
Family Pride MCR

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

Roses are red, violets are blue, I went to King Street and bought something special for you!

February 14th is the perfect opportunity to show the people closest to you, how much you appreciate them. So, if you’re struggling with what to get your loved ones this Valentine’s Day, we’ve got it covered! Here are a few ideas for the perfect gift for everyone on your Valentine’s shopping list this year:

 

Neal’s Yard Remedies Organic Aromatherapy Candle

 

Boodles Beach Diamond Necklace

 

The White Company Seychelles Bath and Body Gift Set

 

CrepsLocker Jordan 1 Mid “University blue”⁠

 

Belstaff Lavender + Faded Teal Sweatshirts

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