Here’s a selection of great things to do, see and experience to brighten up the cold, dark days of winter. Look after your body and mind, learn a new skill, eat well, shop more sustainably. There are cosy restaurants and cafes, walks along the canal for those crisp winter days, galleries, installations and exhibitions to visit. And of course, the amazing shopping at Coal Drops Yard.
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'Putt' your golf skills to the test
Who doesn’t love a game of crazy golf?? Grab your putters (and some friends or family) and work your way around the 9 holes dotted across Coal Drops Yard navigating stairs and obstacles as you go. Tickets are £5 per person. Under 12s go free and must be accompanied by an adult. The course is bookable in advance with some walk-ins available.
Who doesn’t love a game of crazy golf?? Grab your putters (and some friends or family) and work your way around the 9 holes dotted across Coal Drops Yard. Tickets are £5 per person. Under 12s go free and must be accompanied by an adult. The course is bookable in advance with some walk-ins available.
Club Golf is open midday to 8 pm, Monday – Saturday, Midday to 6 pm Sunday.
The course is designed by artists Baker & Borowski and is inspired by the King’s Cross rave culture of the 80s and 90s. Head to Lower Stable Street to pick up your putters and balls. This is an outdoor course.
Step into a strange world with DARKFIELD
Behind the doors of three mysterious shipping containers in Lewis Cubitt Square strange, immersive worlds unfold. Using 3D sound and absolute darkness DARKFIELD: SÉANCE – FLIGHT – COMA conjures up spine-tingling shows that play on fear and the power of suggestion. ‘A perfectly programmed high-art theme park ride.’ – Exeunt Magazine. Book tickets here
Find half-term fun at King's Cross
Looking for ideas for the half-term break? We’ve put together a list of fun things to do with kids in the neighbourhood.
Expand your mind at Samsung KX
Get hands-on with the latest technology innovations at Samsung KX – from the world’s only Digital Cockpit connected driving experience, to connected home entertainment and virtual reality, all against a backdrop of jaw-dropping views. There are a host of experiences to enjoy, plus an ever-changing programme of shows, workshops, classes and talks. Highlights include Feb 15, where parents and kids can learn how to navigate the web smartly and safely, while on Feb 19, you can take part in Doodledo – an immersive digital drawing workshop using the latest Samsung tech. Book tickets here
Explore the world of fashion at Central Saint Martins
With alumni like Steve McQueen, Stella McCartney and Hussein Chalayan, Central Saint Martins is probably the world’s most influential fashion school. This new exhibition explores the unique, indefinable qualities that go into producing fashion at Central Saint Martins. See it at the Lethaby Gallery.
Take a stroll along Regent's Canal
This charming waterway with its ivy-clad walls, colourful narrowboats and rich birdlife is something of a hidden gem. In fact, it might just be one of London’s best-kept secrets. Take a winter walk along the towpath, or why not rent a bike and explore on two wheels?
Meet literature’s young rebels
Celebrating rulebreakers such as Pippi Longstocking, Matilda and Oliver Twist, this cracking, family-friendly exhibition features original handwritten drafts from Roald Dahl and sketches by Quentin Blake. Look out for the special workshops and activities running alongside the exhibition.
See a gig at a brand-new music venue
Lafayette is the brand-new music venue opening at Kings Cross this spring. Brought to you by the founders of Omeara, the opening line-up features a rare intimate performance by Blossoms, grime veteran D Double E, and a very special 3-night residency from the multi Grammy-Award winning US pianist/producer Robert Glasper. Tickets are on sale now and going fast! See the listings and book tickets here
hicce Junior Chefs
Take your budding chefs to hicce this half-term. The kids will create their own healthy, nutritional lunch from the best restaurant ingredients plus get hicce’s homemade, sugar-free soft drink in support of fizz free February. Book tickets here
Coming to King’s Cross with the kids? Here’s our pick of family-friendly eateries at King’s Cross that you’ll love too – whether you’re after a crowd-pleasing pizza or something a little more adventurous.
Build a garden with Botanical Boys
Create your very own self-sustaining terrarium garden with the Botanical Boys. In these popular workshops, you’ll choose from a range of beautiful plants, learn how to layer and plant your mini garden, and how to care for your creation once home. Book tickets here.
Have a Word on the Water
Have you discovered this fabulous floating book shop yet? Browse the stacks of new and used books in this cosy space complete with a woodburning stove and well-worn leather armchairs. There are also talks, readings and music performances to enjoy – keep an eye on their Facebook for details. Word on the Water drops anchor just beyond the Lighterman pub near Granary Square.
Browse the stalls at Canopy Market
For some cosy winter shopping, visit the covered weekend market at King’s Cross – Canopy Market. Here you can browse for fashion, art and design from indie creators, plus the freshest artisan produce at Canopy Market Larder. A rotating array of street food traders provide the eats, plus there’s live music on a Friday evening.
Visit a literary festival
Jewish Book Week, the celebrated literary festival returns with a packed programme of debates, talks, and entertainment. Discuss ageing with Camilla Cavendish, hear a philosopher on learning from the Germans’ post-war reflections, enjoy poetry, live music. Topics range from Karl Marx to fashion and from sleep to antisemitism.
Linger over a lazy weekend brunch
A long, leisurely weekend brunch – it’s the ultimate indulgence. Here we’ve rounded up of some of our favourite brunch spots in the neighbourhood. Settle in and enjoy!
Learn how to mend
Textile designer Liza leads this relaxed two-hour denim repair workshop where you’ll be taught traditional denim repair techniques to extend the life of your clothing. Refreshments and materials are provided. Book tickets here.
Join a running club with a difference
Love running? Love beer? Then join Beer + Burger running club with other fitness enthusiasts and run 10k together, then gather at Beer + Burger afterwards for one of the best beers on the planet. If that sounds right up your street, meet at Beer + Burger Store just before 11am on the first Saturday at of every month ready to run.
See the designer who inspired modernist Britain
George Him is the Polish-Jewish émigré who introduced European modernist aesthetics to British graphic design. From Jan 31, House of Illustration is staging the first-ever retrospective of his work. The exhibition is part of Insiders/Outsiders a nationwide arts festival that celebrates refugees from Nazi Europe and their contribution to British culture.
Head out for cocktails
From flawless martinis to something a little more experimental, you’ll find some of London’s finest cocktail bars at King’s Cross. These are the perfect spots to glam it up on a winter evening.
Go on a culinary journey
Cult Soho favourite Hoppers just opened at King’s Cross. The menu takes you on a culinary adventure through Sri Lanka and Southern India and features King’s Cross exclusives such as Sizzling Beef Poriyal, Blue Swimmer Crab Kari and Black Pepper Curry Leaf Prawns. Yum! The Pancras Square eatery also features Hoppers’ first-ever bar concept, where you can stop by for drinks, bar bites and ‘short eats’. Find out more and book here.
Discover shopping with a difference at Coal Drops Yard
Set canal-side just a short walk from King’s Cross station, the restored railway arches of Coal Drops Yard are home to London’s most eclectic mix of stores from established names and emerging brands, alongside cafés, bars and dining spots. There are more than 50 stores, bars and restaurants to discover. Find out more here.
Go green for yourself and the planet
Plant-based eating isn’t just good for our health, it’s good for the earth as well. Here we’ve put together a list of some of the most delectable vegan dishes to be found at King’s Cross.
Be first to get exclusive offers
Be smart and get access to discounts and specials with the King’s Cross App. The App is your gateway to exclusive offers and deals at shops, restaurants, salons and galleries at King’s Cross. You’ll also be the first to know about events and any ticket giveaways. Head to the App Store or Google Play and download today!
Treat yourself at The Fore
More a fully-fledged lifestyle concept than a gym, The Fore has state-of-the-art fitness studios, treatment rooms, shared working spaces and a café, all in one seriously chic space on Handyside Street. This boutique studio goes beyond fitness to combine all four dimensions of wellness under one roof. Their signature class ‘Foretitude’ is regularly voted one of the top ten fitness classes in London.
Get inspired at Ceramic Art London
After a sell-out in 2019, Ceramic Art London is back and it’s bigger than ever! With 20 new stalls, more new faces, a new exhibition area showcasing modern ceramic practice, plus a live demo area. Don’t miss your chance to see and buy ceramic art from some of the most prestigious makers from around the world. Book tickets here.
Discover the icon that is 'Tom of Finland'
See the UK’s first public exhibition dedicated to gay cultural icon Tom of Finland – the artist whose unique aesthetic had a profound impact on the likes of Queen and the Village People. The exhibition features unseen pieces as well as his most iconic work – unabashed tributes to gay identity that continue to influence today.
Take a closer look with 'Rebellion to Revolution'
This exhibition pays tribute to the rich, varied and extremely colourful! history of Coal Drops Yard, the new shopping destination at the heart of King’s Cross. Tracing its history – from battlefield to dust heap, from coal store to home of some of London’s most iconic nightclubs, Revolution to Rebellion’ celebrates the extraordinary stories that can be found all around us, if we just know where to look!
Design a shoe for Tracey Neuls
Calling budding shoe designers! As part of Tracey Neuls’ 20th-anniversary celebrations, you can win the chance to have your shoe design feature in her next collection as a special limited edition! To launch the competition, Tracey will be giving a talk on Saturday 14 at 11.30 am, after which she will answer design questions and give advice.