This summer, King’s Cross, London’s hottest postcode and newest shopping destination, is celebrating the return of the sun with a season of cultural events, taking place in the Great Outdoors – all summer long!
The festival of events, many of which are FREE, will comprise everything from music and film to art and design, with events running throughout June, July and August, making it one of the biggest collections of cultural events in London – with something on every weekend.
Visitors can experience a full day of activities – enjoying everything from outdoor cinema on the banks of the Regents Canal, or getting stuck into a massive collection of vinyls at the Independent Label Market.
Art Lovers can feast on a plethora of free and immersive arts, including, The Wooden Parliament, a hand-crafted pavilion by Museum of Architecture, on display throughout the month at Coal Drops Yard. Don’t miss Semaphores by Amalia Pica a new public art installation which will be in place until 31 October. The British-Argentinian artist builds on her interest in communication with her artworks, using Semaphore a code that was used in early telegraphy to send text-based messages across long distances in visual form. There’s also a weekend of art to be enjoyed with the Other Art Fair bringing its first ever summer edition to King’s Cross. The Fair showcases the work of woo talented emerging artists alongside a unique and immersive features programme
Music is alive and well this summer, as Coal Drops Yard plays host to Cubitt Sessions, an electrifying live music programme, featuring classical, jazz, street culture and improvised opera – visitors are invited to spend an evening in London’s newest shopping district – to enjoy live music, fine dining and a curation of fashion and design. There will also be DJ sets from the likes of Honest Jon’s and Spiritland playing all summer long.
While you’re here, soak up the summer vibes by enjoying the numerous alfresco drinking and dining options – from the newly opened Parrillan at Coal Drops Yard, to old favourites such as The Lighterman with its views of the canal. The terrace bar at Hicce x Wolf & Badger is also set to be a summer staple, serving up exclusive seasonal spritzes. Canopy Market will continue to bring the best artisan food, drink, designer-makers, and music to West Handyside Canopy weekly.
There’s lots for the kids to do too – they can explore their creative talents by dropping by Gasholder Park from 22-23 June for Open House Families, enjoy the soft play in Lewis Cubitt Park; and the Granary Square fountains will provide hours of entertainment.
Check out our pick of the top 10 summer events taking place at King’s Cross – or find out more about the whole programme here: https://www.kingscross.co.uk/greatoutdoors
- SUMMER LOVE Film Festival: A movie by the banks of the canal on a summer evening…what could be better? On the programme are blockbusters, family favourites and cult classics – think Grease, Fantastic Mr Fox, Stand By Me. (21 June- 14 July, Canalside Steps)
- Cubitt Sessions: The free, open-air music festival is back! This year, staged in the magnificent setting of Coal Drops Yard. Join us for performances from world-leading musicians – from ENO singers, to opera company Tête à Tête, plus special guest artists supported by Kings Place. (24 July-4 August, Coal Drops Yard)
- Independent Label and Brewers Market: Independent Label Market is hosting a massive vinyl fair at Coal Drops Yard. These events often see visits by the artists themselves, who might even get behind the stalls to help sell some vinyl. Look out for exclusives, rarities plus DJ sets from artists and labels. Setting up alongside Independent Label Market at their Annual Summer Bash, London Brewers’ Market brings you 20+ of London’s best brewers representing the thriving Artisan Beer Scene. (13 July, Coal Drops Yard)
- Gelato Festival: The Gelato Festival is an international competition that rewards the best gelato makers in the world. Every hour, the festival showcases an event featuring star-rated chefs and master gelato makers. (29-30 June, West Handyside Canopy)
- The Other Art Fair: Presented by Saatchi Art, the fair showcases 100 independent and emerging artists, each handpicked by a committee of art world experts. Plus a special exhibition of astronaut helmets by renowned artists including Anish Kapoor, live art performances, DJ sets and workshops. (4-7 July, West Handyside Canopy)
- Wine Car Boot: This June and August, London’s best independent wine sellers will be rolling into Coal Drops Yard for Wine Car Boot. You can buy bottles to take home or pick up a tasting pack and enjoy! Plus street food, music and demos. (29 June and 17 August, Coal Drops Yard)
- Illustrators Summer Fair: London’s largest illustration fair is back! For one day only, House of Illustration transforms The Crossing into a pop-up marketplace. Buy unique art from emerging and established illustrators, including limited edition prints, comics and ceramics. (13 July, The Crossing)
- Crafty Fox at Canopy Market: Crafty Fox joins forces with Canopy Market for a special three-day market where you can discover the UK’s best independent designers and makers. (12-14 July, West Handyside Canopy)
- Illustrators’ Summer Fair: For one day only, the crossing located in the Granary Building is transformed by House of illustration. Buy unique art from emerging and established illustrators, including limited edition prints, comics and ceramics.
- The Wooden Parliament: Presented by Museum of Architecture, this seven metre high pavilion is designed by Spanish architects Cristina Diaz Moreno and Efren Ga Grinda. Free to visit throughout June, The Wooden Parliament is at the entrance to Coal Drops Yard, just off Granary Square.