*Please note that Granary Square is closed for Time Out 50 from 27-30 Sept*
At the top of King’s Boulevard, on the banks of Regent’s Canal is Granary Square.
This magnificent public square is the heart of King’s Cross. Built where barges once unloaded their goods, the square is animated with over 1,000 choreographed fountains – each individually controlled and lit! The fountains are spectacular – especially by night.
Visit to enjoy lunch with friends at one of the great restaurants that surround the square. Bring the kids for a splash in the fountains. Or just sit back and watch the comings and goings from the world-famous art school – Central Saint Martins.
The fountains at Granary Square
The main attraction at Granary Square is undoubtedly the fountains. Arrive at daybreak, and the mood is serene with mist and fog setting the scene. The fountains become more and more animated as the day goes on. Granary Square fountains are open daily and are on during daylight hours, so more time for fun during the summer months.
On a sunny day the square transforms into an urban beach, with kids of all ages dashing through the fountains, trying to dodge the jets. You can even have a go at controlling the jets yourself with the Granary Squirt app, which turns the fountains into a giant playable game of Snake. Granary Squirt will be back in summer 2017.
Bars, cafés and restaurants
Granary Square is home to some fantastic places to eat and drink. Each of the restaurants and cafés has a generous terrace where you can kick back and watch the goings-on. And best of all – it’s virtually car-free.
The warehouse-like Granary Building is home to the ever-popular Caravan and Granary Square Brasserie. While tea lovers will find some interesting brews next door at Yumchaa. And just around the corner on Stable Street is Indian eatery, Dishoom.
The newest addition to the restaurant and bar scene is The Lighterman. This all-day drinking and dining venue spans the eastern side of the square and has panoramic views from three floors. You can choose to eat al fresco on the Square, the terrace, or on the banks of the canal. It’s the perfect spot for a drink on a summer evening.
For a quick bite, Benugo serves great coffee, lunches and cakes from a vintage Citroen van. Or for something more adventurous, fetch a take away box from the KERB street food market at the top of the Boulevard and find a spot under the trees.
Events and happenings at Granary Square
There’s a year-round programme of events, performances and activities at Granary Square. With weekend-long family festivals, Fashion Week shows, Wimbledon tennis action on the big screen, food markets, concerts and more, there’s generally something to keep everyone entertained.
Keep an eye on the events calendar to find out what’s on. Or sign up for our fortnightly newsletter, Destination King’s Cross, and we’ll keep you posted about upcoming events, new openings and happenings.
Spend some time canalside
Wide, south-facing steps sweep down to the canal from the square. Carpeted in green during the summer months, this is the ideal spot to relax and watch the boats slip by.
The steps often stage performances and installations. At Halloween, it was thousands of carved pumpkins, for Chelsea Flower Show, the steps were draped in a blanket of flowers, and in late summer the floating cinema glides in. You can also start your day here with a morning yoga class when the weather permits. Keep an eye on the Frame Fitness website for details.
About the design
In Victorian times, the square was a canal basin. Barges unloaded their goods here for transportation onwards to the homes and businesses of London. This aquatic history has been worked into the new design in the form of the four banks of fountains.
The strong, simple design and the use of salvaged materials respond to the historic context and are a reminder of the site’s industrial past. Planting has been kept to a minimum to reflect the original industrial character of the Goods Yard. Townshend Landscape Architects designed the square, the fountains are designed and built by The Fountain Workshop and lighting design by Speirs + Major.
Hold your event at Granary Square
At the size of Trafalgar Square, there’s space for over 2,000 people in the main square, while the canalside steps are a perfect amphitheatre – a favourite for more intimate screenings and performances. Find out more about hosting your event at Granary Square.