And with it a packed programme of festivals, art, film and music to experience all summer long… much of it in the great outdoors and much of it free! We’re back with favourites like the SUMMER LOVE film festival, Wimbledon on the big screen and Cubitt Sessions, plus lots of new-to-King’s Cross events for you to enjoy. Most weekends there are multiple happenings, so be sure to check the events page for the full listing. *Any ticketed events are marked as such below.
For eating and drinking alfresco, head to Coal Drops Yard where you’ll find over 50 shops, restaurants and bars in a gorgeous outdoor setting.
SUMMER LOVE Film Festival - 21 Jun-14 Jul
Everyman’s free open-air film fest is back! 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, Stand By Me, Clueless. Films run throughout the day and every evening, breaking for Wimbledon. Free, but booking is required.
Pride Street Party -15 June
Head to Coal Drops Yard on June 15th for the perfect Pride warm up. Sharpen your vogueing skills with Jay Jay Revlon, see the Jack Irving costume installation, have One Last Dance with Savage Disco, craft the perfect look and hit the shops. This street party is free and open to all. Sequins advised! Find the line-up and further details here.
Art Night 2019 - 22-23 June
Opening in King’s Cross at 5pm and Walthamstow at 7pm, Art Night 2019 promises to be an unforgettable evening. Highlights at King’s Cross include a major commission by Christine Kim Sun, screenings, performances, VR karoke, a late-night Canopy Market and so much more! Bring the kids on Sunday for the Family Trail. Free.
Open House Families - 22-23 June
This wonderful free architecture event for kids encourages children to explore the city and their creative talents. At King’s Cross, Gasholder Park is transformed into an architecture carnival with London-themed crazy golf, a build-to-the-moon challenge, mini cities to create, kites to build and so much more.
The Wooden Parliament - 3-30 June
Presented by Museum of Architecture for the London Festival of Architecture, this seven metre high pavilion is designed by Spanish architects Cristina Díaz Moreno and Efrén Ga Grinda. Free to visit throughout June, find The Wooden Parliament at the entrance to Coal Drops Yard, just off Granary Square.
Art Car Boot Fair - 23rd June
On Art Night weekend, this car boot with a difference rolls into King’s Cross. You’ll find original pieces sold by the artists themselves at astonishing prices. You might even find specially commissioned pieces from a Young British Artist or two. This is a ticketed event.
Gelato Festival - 28-30 Jun
What better way to celebrate summer than with an ice cream festival? Join the quest for the world’s best gelato and meet the makers who specialise in the glorious frozen dessert. Every hour, the festival showcases an event featuring star-rated chefs and master gelato makers. This is a ticketed event. Further information and tickets here.
Wine Car Boot - 29 Jun
This June, London’s best independent wine sellers will be rolling into Coal Drop’s 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. Entry is free, tasting packs are £12.
Colourstream at Coal Drops Yard
Coal Drops Yard, the new shopping district at King’s Cross has had a stunning floral makeover courtesy of renowned landscape architect, Dan Pearson. Follow the stream of brightly-coloured geraniums from Granary Square and enjoy!
Wimbledon on the big screen - 1-14 July
If you can’t get tickets to Centre Court, come and watch all the live tennis action from the banks of Regent’s Canal where you can settle down on the grass steps with a cold drink from the bar. This has to be one of the nicest spots in London for a big screen. Game, set and match! Free.
Live Opera on the Big Screen - 2 & 9 July
Part of the Everyman SUMMER LOVE festival the Royal Opera House will be streaming live on 2nd July with Carmen and 9th July with The Marriage of Figaro. The performances begin at 7pm with pre-screening at 6.30.
Wellcome Photography Prize - 4-13 July
The Wellcome Photography Prize celebrates compelling imagery that captures stories of health, medicine and science. This captivating exhibition aims to start conversations about the health challenges facing humanity today. Free
Crafty Fox at Canopy Market - 12-14 July
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. Here, you’ll find a selection of the finest Crafty Fox Market stalls alongside the regular Canopy Market traders. Free entry.
London Brewers Market - 13 July
Calling craft beer lovers! 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.
Expect great beer, live music & DJ sets. Entry is free.
Independent Label Market - 13 July
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. This year with the London Brewers Market. Free entry. Part of Craft & Makers Weekend.
Illustrators’ Summer Fair - 13 July
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. Part of Craft & Makers Weekend. Free.
Green Rooms Botanical Market - 19-21 July
The botanical market, Green Rooms is coming to King’s Cross. Featuring growers from across the UK, you’re sure to find the perfect botanicals for your home, garden, balcony or terrace. Also, look out for the hands-on workshops plus the finest artisan food and drinks. Entry is free, workshops are ticketed.
Misshapes: The Making of Tatty Devine - 20 Jul-11 Aug
This is the first solo show about the British design duo best known for its quirky jewellery designs. Celebrating 20 years of entrepreneurship, innovative British making, and the power of creativity and friendship, the show features jewellery, sketchbooks plus two newly commissioned films. Free entry.
Cubitt Sessions - 24 Jul-4 Aug
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. Sundays feature family-friendly concerts, circus and more.
Honest Jon's DJ Sets
Saturday nights, Honest Jon’s Records livens things up on Lower Stable Street with a line up of DJ sets worth venturing out and staying late for. Soul Time In Hawaii is on 8th June, Don’t DJ on 29th June and Workshop Records on 6th July. Keep an eye on the dates and line up here. Free.
Semaphores by Amalia Pica - from June
Designed in imitation of Napoleonic–era communication towers, these three sculptures connect architecture at King’s Cross by sending messages in semaphore. You’ll find the ground level sculpture at the top of King’s Boulevard. Learn more about the artwork.
Spiritland DJ Sets
Spritland provides the soundtrack to our summer. There’s a new DJ set every day with music until late. Disco, electronica, global, jazz, funk, soul – keep an eye on the programme here.
Fountains at Granary Square
The Granary Square Fountains are hands down the most popular attraction at King’s Cross providing hours of entertainment and photo opps. Soak up the atmosphere watching the aqua-choreography of 1,080 dancing water jets at one of the many tables or benches dotted around the square. On a sunny day, the square morphs into an urban beach, with kids of all ages dashing through the jets.
King's Cross by bike
The best way to explore the sights and sounds of King’s Cross is on two wheels. Spend some time discovering the area or venture further afield along the canal towpath. You’ll find a route and info on bike hire here.
One of London’s best kept secrets, this charming waterway winds its way from Limehouse Basin to Little Venice. The journey is 8.5 miles in total with King’s Cross being the ideal stopping (or starting) point. Have lunch or drinks in one of the excellent canalside restaurants and watch the colourful narrowboats float by.
Bring the kids to the SNUG soft play kit at Lewis Cubbit Park and watch them create their own play landscapes. They’ll have fun building dens, tunnels, obstacle courses, trampolines – the possibilities are endless, and the hands-on nature encourages kids to work together to build something fun.
This community garden with a twist is a real oasis with wild flowers, vegetables, beehives and chicken coops. Pop in for a look around or a bite to eat. Join Global Generation for some twilight gardening, or head to one of their workshops, where you can learn about all things green. See the Global Generation website for details.
Play KX, back June 21
Come rain or shine, this free play activity is open to children of all ages. Meet at Lewis Cubitt Square, or West Handyside Canopy if the weather isn’t being nice (head for Waitrose). Daily updates at PlayKX.