A giant water slide is coming to King’s Cross

Ever fancied commuting to work down a super-slippery 100m long chute?

If the idea of simply walking down King’s Boulevard is just too damn pedestrian for you, we reckon you’re going to love this one.

On Friday 19th June, the whole street will be transformed into a giant slip and slide course, offering commuters the chance to slither their way in to the office at high speed.

Bring swimming trunks and/or fancy dress, plus some form of inflatable (to take the edge off the Boulevard’s bumps on your poor posterior) and prepare to ride the urban rapids.

How King's Boulevard might look on June 19th
How King’s Boulevard might look on June 19th

You will need to apply for a ticket though, rather than just turn up and expect to fling yourself down the track.


Rise and Slide (to give this whole escapade its official name) forms part of a month of early morning promotional activity being thrown by ice tea makers Lipton.

The series also includes such 7am-kickoff delights as a ‘sun up’ rooftop cinema screening, a ‘get up, get down’ morning DJ set from Norman Jay MBE and a special dawn view of the McQueen show at the V&A.

Get your name down pronto for free tickets for all events via www.beadaybreaker.co.uk. Closing date for the water slide is 16th June, with lucky ticket winners announced the next day.

Luke Jerram's slippery art installation, Bristol 2014 Photo: lukejerram.co.uk
Luke Jerram’s slippery art installation, Bristol 2014 Photo: lukejerram.com

The epic street slide follows a similar, wildly popular event in Bristol last summer (main pic) by artist Luke Jerram, who is also the guy also behind those lovely Play Me, I’m Yours street pianos in St Pancras Station.

Over 96k people applied for his water slide tickets, so we’d suggest not every potential London slide-fiend will be lucky in their application.

Granary Squirt, a game played via a phone app in the Granary Square fountains
Granary Squirt, a game played via a phone app in the Granary Square fountains

Fortunately Lipton have just announced that as well as the 7.30am daybreak opening for commuters, the slide action will run all day, until 7.30pm and from 9am – 9pm on the Saturday (20th) too.

And if you still don’t get a ticket, there are always the splashy fountains of Granary and Cubitt squares at the top of the Boulevard (heck, you can even play games with the jets via an app on your phone) as King’s Cross – at least for a weekend – becomes London’s very own wild water park.

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