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King’s Cross: 5 things to look out for this spring

From the return of Granary Square's grass steps to outdoor art, shopping and street markets in Coal Drops Yard

It was, even in lockdown, one of the wider area’s more pleasant spots to meet a single friend, or have a socially distanced walk (or even a cheeky can of craft beer in the covered Canopy Market area). And better still, it was one of the few central London neighbourhoods with (hotel-clean) toilets all open.

With the relaxation of the Covid rules, and now everything is slowly returning to normal, the expansive areas of Granary Square, Coal Drops Yard and their environs are also getting back  – yay! – to how they should be.

So without further ado, below we’ve rounded up a handful of things you really shouldn’t miss right now.


Top 5 things in King’s Cross this spring

Club Golf
Club Golf. Photo: PR

Club Golf’s nine-hole crazy golf course, designed by artists Baker & Borowski (above) is inspired by the famous 1980s and 90s rave culture of King’s Cross. The nine golfing challenges are located around Coal Drops Yard, and all outdoors. With a maximum of six people per tee, it’s open 7 days a week, visitors can turn up and play, or can pre-book (£5) online.

To signal the start of spring, the iconic canalside steps are now adorned with grass, spring flowers and seating – a perfect spot for leisurely lounging with a beer, or a socially distanced meet-up.

Granary Square now hosts The Silk Road: A Living History exhibition. Curated in partnership with the Aga Khan Foundation, the exhibition documents travel photographer Christopher Wilton-Steer’s four-month journey along the world’s oldest trade route. Over 160 photographs take the viewer on a journey from King’s Cross to Beijing crossing sixteen countries.

Parrillan: outdoor dining perfection. Photo: SE

With echoes of European piazzas, the restaurants, cafes and bars of King’s Cross now offer more alfresco dining options than ever before: read our comprehensive recent guide to the Top 20 Outdoor dining and drinking terraces here.

As we all know, a mooch around Coal Drops Yard’s boutiques makes a pleasant weekend diversion, and as well as all the shops now back open, Lower Stable Street market will now also showcase all the latest fashion, arts, crafts and food produce every weekend. And over by Waitrose the Canopy Market also makes a return this weekend (16th April) and will be running weekly hereafter, allowing visitors to tuck into artisan delights, streetfood, and designer-makers and artists’ pieces.

Follow @kingscrossn1c and @coaldropsyard for the latest happenings.

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