With acres of traffic-free open space, King’s Cross is the perfect spot to soak up some sun and wile away a day in the great outdoors. Enjoy alfresco shopping and markets at Coal Drops Yard. Explore art in the open with installations from street artist Andy Leek, Eva Rothschild and more to come! Plus, many of the restaurants and bars have outdoor terraces so you can meet up and enjoy a meal or a drink in the open air.
Eat out in the open at King's Cross
You can once again meet up and enjoy a meal or a drink with family and friends. These great King’s Cross restaurants and bars all have gorgeous outdoor terraces that bring the inside out. Or why not pick up a takeaway and find a picnic spot by the canal or in one of the many parks and gardens. See the listing here.
The Outside Art Project
The all-new outdoor gallery in Kings Cross launches with an exhibition from The Photographers Gallery, ‘Games We Play‘. See the exhibition on the seating benches all around King’s Cross.
Lower Stable Street Market
The coolest little shopping street in London is hosing its very own outdoor market. The new market runs the length of Lower Stable Street, and has a stellar line-up of stallholders, all handpicked by independent magazine-turned store, Kiosk N1C, and showcasing the work of some of the city’s most exciting creatives. The market runs for just four Saturdays, from 19 September to 10 October, from 11am-4pm.
Nature walks and wellness events
Global Generation is hosting a series of guided walks and wellness events. From gentle rambles to drawing walks, to Qigong sessions at The Story Garden. Find out more and book your place here.
Visit Coal Drops Yard this month and you’ll see Pattern Portraits by Lauren Godfrey – an installation of 120 patterned flags stretching between the iconic roofs of Coal Drops Yard. Godfrey worked with Central Saint Martins students and local young people during lockdown to create this ‘giant quilt in the sky’. The sustainable installation is made up of 120 patterned flags which will later be turned into a clothing collection.
Canopy Market, the outdoor weekend market at King’s Cross is back at West Handyside Canopy. Browse the stalls for the best farm-fresh produce plus fashion, art and homewares from independent designer-makers. Delicious street food and drinks to boot. Friday 11-7, Sat 11-6 and Sun 12-6.
The ultimate alfresco shopping experience
Set canal-side just a short walk from King’s Cross station, the restored railway arches of Coal Drops Yard are home to London’s most eclectic mix of stores from established names and emerging brands, alongside cafés, bars and dining spots. There are more than 50 stores, bars and restaurants to discover. Find out more here.
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.
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.
Summer just isn’t summer without ice cream. Luckily Ruby Violet is here with its lip-smacking frozen delights. Everything is fresh, organic and made just up the road at Tufnell Park. Choose your favourite flavour (or three), and enjoy amongst the greenery at Wharf Road Gardens.
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. Have lunch or drinks in one of the excellent canalside restaurants and watch the colourful narrowboats float by.
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.
Battle Bridge Busk
This summer, we’re bringing the busk back to King’s Cross. Look out for performances by talented street musicians. To begin with, its every Tuesday evening 4.30-7pm – at Battle Bridge Place at the foot of Pancras Square.
Andy Leek's 'This Much'
As we come out of lockdown, street artist Andy Leek of @notestostrangers has turned two-meters of distance and separation into messages of hope, love and positivity. See his joyful installations all around King’s Cross. And watch this space, there’s more to come from Andy – our artist in residence – throughout the summer.
To celebrate the reawakening of London, King’s Cross has partnered with street artist Andy Leek for a three-month residency. Andy is best known for his @notestostrangers project – handwritten notes which have popped up across London since 2015, delivering unexpected and uplifting messages to passers-by.
For his residency at King’s Cross, Andy will use the whole estate as his canvas. His artworks will hopefully bring a smile and spread a message of optimism and positivity after our long period of lockdown and isolation.
You’ll see Andy’s messages as you walk around King’s Cross, on King’s Boulevard, in Pancras Square, by the canal and on Bagley Walk. Find more info here.
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.
This continental-style square is just moments from the station entrances. Restaurants and cafés surround the square making it the perfect spot for a sunny breakfast, alfresco lunch or an after-work drink. With its lawned areas, benches and cafe tables beneath the trees, this is a lovely spot to pause and relax.
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.
Visit Word on the Water
Have you discovered this fabulous floating book shop yet? Word on the water is open outside every day. Browse the stacks of new and used books. There are also talks, readings and music performances to enjoy – keep an eye on their Facebook for details. Word on the Water drops anchor just beyond the Lighterman pub near Granary Square.
King's Cross Past, Present & Future
If you’re interested in the history of King’s Cross, how it’s been developed, and what’s in store in the future, then why not book into this free 45-minute talk at the King’s Cross Visitor Centre. You’ll learn how this historic 67-acre site has been transformed over the last 10 years from an industrial wasteland into an exciting new part of the city. Find out more and book your place.
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.
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.
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.
Games We Play from The Photographers Gallery, 2020
This exhibition curated by The Photographers Gallery is the first part of the Outside Art Project – a permanent outdoor gallery in Kings Cross. The artworks in ‘Games We Play’ capture the joys of summer in a witty and subversive way and feature photographers such as Julie Cockburn, Luke Stephenson and Weronika Gęsicka. See the exhibition on the seating benches dotted all around King’s Cross.