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Handyside Gardens

A beautiful pocket park and children's play area for King's Cross

Handyside Gardens is a beautifully landscaped pocket park just moments from Granary Square and the canal. There are places to sit and a water rill which meanders through the park from the children’s play area. Little onese can have all kinds of fun pumping water into the rill.

The gardens are between the homes at ArtHouse and the Midlands Goods Shed – a restored historic train shed which is now home to a Waitrose store, café and cookery school.

Food and drink options nearby

If it’s time for a break, then there’s outdoor seating at the Waitrose café at the canal end of the park. You’ll also find the Greek Larder in ArtHouse on York Way, or for the ultimate healthy option, why not try the protein bowls and super shakes at the Fuel at Frame Café. There are lots more options at nearby Granary Square.
Children playing in Handyside Gardens, King's Cross

A design inspired by the railway – past and present

The design of Handyside Gardens has been influenced by the railways in more ways than one. The geometry of the park reflects the pattern of the railway sidings that once ran through the site, while the planting is inspired by the growth found on railway embankments.

The railway has also influenced the technical design of the gardens. The rail tunnels that run into King’s Cross Station are just 4.5 metres below ground. This limited the depth of the soil and the number of trees that could be planted. The solution was to plant in raised beds which are framed in corten steel – a material used in the construction of the railways in industrial times.

The park creates a new green route from Granary Square and Regent’s Canal to the northern part of King’s Cross and beyond. This was the first public garden to open at King’s Cross.

Landscaped by Dan Pearson Studio

Handyside Gardens is designed and landscaped by Dan Pearson Studio. Dan Pearson is an internationally acclaimed landscape architect, his studio is involved in different aspects of the gardens and open space at King’s Cross. Dan writes regularly about gardening and you can read more about Handyside Gardens in his November 2013 Observer Magazine piece.

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“To create a new public garden in central London is a rare opportunity. The garden layout and the planting was inspired by the industrial and railway heritage of the area. I am proud of the result and hope it will be enjoyed by local people and visitors to King’s Cross alike.”Dan Pearson Landscape Architect

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