Here comes the sun

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.

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Cubitt Sessions - 24 Jul-4 Aug

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.

Coal Drops Yard
National Park City Wildlife Photography Exhibition 20-28 Jul

National Park City Wildlife Photography Exhibition 20-28 Jul

As London prepares to become the world’s first National Park City, you can see the winning entries in this photography competition celebrating London’s wildlife at Pancras Square. The open-air exhibition is part of nine days of free events for the National Park City Festival.

As London prepares to become the world’s first National Park City, you can see the winning entries in this photography competition celebrating London’s wildlife at Pancras Square. The exhibition is part of nine days of free events for the National Park City Festival. The judges include Bear Grylls, Urban Birder and Presenter, David Lindo and former Wildlife Photographer of the Year winner Sam Hobson.

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Pancras Square
Misshapes: The Making of Tatty Devine - 20 Jul-11 Aug

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.

See it at the Lethaby Gallery
Music Mondays at Coal Office - 1 Jul - 2 Sep

Music Mondays at Coal Office - 1 Jul - 2 Sep

Mondays are for music at the Coal Office, where DJs and musicians from far and wide will be playing on the alfresco terrace. Entry is Free! Get on the guest list. Here’s the lineup…

Mondays are for music at the Coal Office, where DJs and musicians from far and wide will be playing on the alfresco terrace. Entry is Free! Get on the guest list. Here’s the lineup…

1 July – Citizen Helene
8 July – Harri Pepper
15 July – Miche
29 July – Norsicaa
5 August – Pete On The Corner
12 August – Poly-Ritmo & Karl FM
19th August – Wes Baggaley
26th August – Derrick Gee
2nd September – Susanna Raiend

To kick off the series on 1st July, world-famous mixologist Clotilde Lataille takes over the bar serving up tastes of summer.

Find the Coal Office at 2 Bagley Walk, Kings Cross, London N1C 4PQ.

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Mondays, 1 July - 2 September, 6pm
Coal Drops Yard

Coal Drops Yard

Coal Drops Yard is new shopping district at King’s Cross. The cobbled streets and Victorian brick arches are home to a wonderful and unexpected mix of independent shops and brands from home and abroad. There are more than 50 stores, bars and restaurants to discover. Find out more here.

Colourstream at Coal Drops Yard

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. Grab a beanbag and enjoy!

Coal Drops Yard, all summer long
STORE Store Summer School with Heatherwick - 29 Jul - 10 Aug

STORE Store Summer School with Heatherwick - 29 Jul - 10 Aug

This two-week workshop in architecture, food, art and design is for young people aged 15-18.

This year, the summer school will work towards creating a mini food market. Through material testing and engagement with Coal Drops Yard and its surroundings, students will explore the dynamics of the city while developing creative skills.  To find out more, please contact Store Projects.

Lower Stable Street, Coal Drops Yard
Restaurants and bars in the neighbourhood

Restaurants and bars in the neighbourhood

Here’s a listing of the restaurants, bars and cafes at King’s Cross.  There should be something to suit everyone’s taste and pocket. Or check out these foodie hotspots only at Coal Drops Yard.

Made in Arts London @ Canopy Market - 9-11 Aug

Made in Arts London @ Canopy Market - 9-11 Aug

The University of the Arts London students and alumni bring their unique and creative wares to Canopy Market. This is your chance to buy art and design from emerging talent.

West Handyside Canopy
Wine Car Boot - 17 Aug

Wine Car Boot - 17 Aug

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.

Coal Drops Yard
English Wine Fair @ Canopy Market - 23-26 Aug

English Wine Fair @ Canopy Market - 23-26 Aug

It’s a wine takeover at Canopy Market for the August Bank Holiday weekend. Wine Pantry arrives with 10 English winemakers and an all-English wine bar. Enjoy tastings, a live vineyard plant installation and more!

West Handyside Canopy
Honest Jon's DJ Sets

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.

Lower Stable Street, Saturdays throughout the summer
Semaphores by Amalia Pica - from June

Semaphores by Amalia Pica - from June

Semaphore is a code that was used in early telegraphy to send messages across long distances in visual form. These three sculptures by artist Amalia Pica riff on the forms and histories of semaphores and communication towers. You’ll find the ground level sculpture at the top of King’s Boulevard. Learn more about the artwork and come and have a go at sending and decoding messages yourself!

Spiritland DJ Sets

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.

Stable Street
Fountains at Granary Square

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.

1 Granary Square, Open daily from 7.40am - 23.30pm
King's Cross by bike

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.

Regent's Canal

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. Have lunch or drinks in one of the excellent canalside restaurants and watch the colourful narrowboats float by.

Soft Play

Soft Play

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.

10am-4pm daily throughout Summer (weather permitting)
Skip Garden

Skip Garden

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.

Lewis Cubitt Park, Tues-Sat,10am - 4pm
Play KX

Play KX

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.

Tues - Sun (closed on Mondays) 11-5ish

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