One of the best ways to destress and lift your mood in these uncertain times is to get outdoors. Take a stroll along the canal towpath or hire a bike and explore the neighbourhood. There are also outdoor art installations that can be enjoyed in a safe and socially distanced way.
Take a stroll along Regent's Canal
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.
Reconnect with nature
Explore the wilder side of the city with these wellness walks from Global Generation. When you slow down and take a closer look, you’ll discover nature in some unlikely places. Download the map here to follow the walks at your own pace.
Explore 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.
This beautiful elevated park follows the curve of Regent’s Canal, connecting Granary Square with Gasholder Park. Built on what was an old railway viaduct, the park has lovely views over Coal Drops Yard, the canal and Camley Street Natural Park. Benches and seating areas are nestled amongst the greenery, which features both ornamental and edible plants. Look out for fig, strawberries and liquorice.
Lewis Cubitt Park
At the top of the Coal Drops Yard shopping area, and just around the corner from Granary Square, you’ll find Lewis Cubitt Park. This is the main green space at Kings Cross – great for a picnic, or a kick-around with the kids. Look out for Eva Rothschild’s colourful artwork, ‘My World and Your World’ at the top of the.
Wander along the canal towpath from Granary Square and you’ll come across a little park that is a big bit different. Look out for the historic gasholder guide frame, it’s wrought-iron columns encase the park. With its circular lawn, lush planting and views over St Pancras lock, this is a peaceful spot for a picnic.
Great news for the little ones! The swings and slides at Handyside playground are open. We’re keeping them out of the sandbox for the time being, but there’s still plenty of fun to be had.
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.
This continental-style square is just moments from the station entrances. With its lawned areas, cascading water feature, benches and cafe tables beneath the trees, this is a lovely spot to pause and relax.
This beautifully landscaped pocket park is just moments from Granary Square and the canal. There are places to sit amongst the greenery, a water rill and a children’s play area. The design of the park is influenced by the railway sidings that once ran through this part of King’s Cross, and the planting is inspired by the growth found on railway embankments.
Mentivity Photography Exhibition
The award-winning mentoring organisation, Mentivity puts the spotlight on the quiet achievements of London’s youth with this exhibition on Lower Stable Street. Shot by photographer Leonn Ward, this outdoor exhibition of striking portraits tells an alternative story of success and teenage life in the capital.
‘Semaphores’ is a series of three sculptures by British-Argentinian artist Amalia Pica. Semaphore is a code that was used in early telegraphy to send text-based messages across long distances in visual form. You can read more about the work, how to use it and decode it on the brightly coloured information signs near the steps at Granary Square.
See the 'Words to the World' Exhibition
This heart-warming exhibition is inspired by children’s author Oliver Jeffers. Kids from King’s Cross Academy school were joined by authors, artists and poets to share their notes for living on Planet Earth. Find out more about the exhibition here and visit it at Lewis Cubitt Square.
My World and Your World
Head to the top of Lewis Cubitt Park and you’ll find Eva Rothschild’s artwork, My World and Your World. The 16m-high steel sculpture resembles an inverted tree or lightning bolt. Descending from a single point, the structure splits and diverges into a tangle of branches which sink into the ground. You can move in and around the work – this is somewhere to meet, play, picnic and relax.