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.
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.
Visit to enjoy lunch with friends at one of the great restaurants that surround the square. Bring the kids, 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 animated as the day goes on.
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.
The Lighterman is the all-day drinking and dining venue on the eastern side of the square with 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 more options, head to Coal Drops Yard just off the square. Here you’ll find more than fifty shops and restaurants.
For a quick bite, the Sons + Daughters GO van serves great coffee and lunches. Or for something more adventurous, fetch a takeaway box from the KERB street food market which sets up on the square Wednesday – Friday 12-2pm.
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.
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 are a reminder of the site’s industrial past. Planting has been kept to a minimum to reflect the original 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.