On the banks of Regent’s Canal, this magnificent new square is at the historic heart of King’s Cross. The square is animated with over 1,000 choreographed fountains – each individually controlled and lit! The fountains are spectacular, especially by night. All around the square are historic buildings giving the space atmosphere and character. There’s always activity here, if the weather is fine, then kids love to splash and play in the fountains.
Eating and drinking at Granary Square
Popular restaurants Caravan and Grain Store are here, joined recently by specialist tea shop Yum Chaa and just around the corner is Indian eatery, Dishoom. If the weather’s fine, then you can watch the goings-on from the outdoor terraces. Or if it’s a quick bite you’re after, then the Benugo Van serves great coffee, sandwiches, salads and cakes.
The Canalside steps
Wide, south-facing steps sweep down to the canal – this is the ideal spot to sit and watch the boats slip by. In the warmer months, the steps are carpeted in green, and often stage events and installations. At Halloween it was carved pumpkins, in spring the steps were covered in a blanket of flowers, and in summer the floating cinema glides in. Check our event calendar for happenings.
About the design
Built where barges once unloaded their goods from the canal, the square’s aquatic history has been worked into the new design, which is animated with choreographed fountains. Planting was kept to a minimum to respect the historic setting and conserve the industrial character of the Goods Yard. The square is designed by Townshend Landscape Architects and the fountains are designed and built by The Fountain Workshop.
The perfect stage for festivals and events
Opened in June 2012, Granary Square has already played host to the musical festivals Traction and Africa Express, as well as The Big Dance and even an ice cream festival. At the size of Trafalgar Square, it’s the perfect stage for events and performances. There’s room for 2,000 people to sit on deckchairs and enjoy a concert or a summer movie. The canalside steps are also a perfect amphitheatre – a favourite for events such as the floating cinema. Find out more about hosting your event at Granary Square.