Parks & gardens at King’s Cross

Parks & gardens at King’s Cross

With acres of traffic-free open space, King’s Cross is a green oasis right in the middle of London. Enjoy leafy parks and squares and beautifully landscaped gardens. Visit the fountains at Granary Square, take a stroll along the charming canal towpath and discover art and exhibitions in the open air.

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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.

People enjoying late summer sun on Bagley Walk

Bagley Walk

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.

Looking east from the roof of the Arthouse apartments across Wharf Road Gardens, King's Cross

Wharf Road Gardens

Take the canalside promenade which links Granary Square and York Way. The path winds through lawns and raised beds that are edged with benches. This is a great spot to pause and watch the narrowboats and birdlife on the Regent’s Canal.

Granary Square fountains

Granary Square

At the top of King’s Boulevard, on the banks of Regent’s Canal is Granary Square. This magnificent public square is the heart of King’s Cross. Built where barges once unloaded their goods, the square is animated with over 1,000 choreographed fountains – each individually controlled and lit! The fountains are spectacular – especially by night.

Camley Street Natural Park

Camley Street Natural Park

Camley Street Natural Park on the banks of Regent’s Canal is two acres of wild green space in the middle of one of the most densely populated parts of London. The woodland, grassland and wetland habitats provide a haven for birds, butterflies, amphibians and plant life. Run by the London Wildlife Trust, the park was created from an old Coal Yard in 1984. The park is now open with a brand new visitor centre.

Jellico Gardens, King's Cross

Jellicoe Gardens

Stroll along Lewis Cubitt Walk and tucked behind the Aga Khan Centre, you’ll find Jellicoe Gardens. Light, shadow and water come together in this newly opened garden to create a tranquil, reflective space. Designed by Tom Stuart-Smith, the layout is unmistakably Persian. At the central point of the garden is a pavilion is surrounded by oriental plane trees. From here, water flows through a narrow rill to either end. In contrast to the formal layout, the planting has a wild, meadow-like quality with swathes of colour and texture providing a habitat for birds and bees.

A bumble bee and flowers in the flowerbeds at King's Cross

Explore the wilder side of the city

When you slow things down and take a closer look, you’ll discover nature in some unlikely places. Download this map and follow Global Generation’s nature walks at your own pace.

Gasholder Park

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.

Explore 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.

Pancras Square

Pancras Square

This continental-style square is just moments from the station entrances. With its lawned areas, cascading water feature, benches and cafe tables beneath the trees, this is a lovely spot to pause and relax.

OPEN DAILY Soft play equipment in Lewis Cubitt park, King's Cross

Step away from the city in Lewis Cubitt Park

Tucked away at the top of Coal Drops Yard, Lewis Cubitt Park is an oasis of calm, and an ideal place to relax or have a kick around with the kids.

Childrens playground, Handyside Gardens, King's Cross

Handyside Playground

Great news for the little ones! The charming children’s play area at Handyside Gardens has swings, a slide, climbing equipment and a sandpit. And if that’s not enough, the water rill and pump will keep them happy for hours.

Handyside Gardens

Relax while the little ones play in Handyside Gardens

This beautifully landscaped pocket park is just moments from Granary Square and the canal. The luscious plants and water rill set the perfect scene for a lazy afternoon and the fabulous children’s playground complete with sand pit mean the little ones can play whilst you sit back and relax.


Relax while the little ones play in Handyside Gardens

This beautifully landscaped pocket park is just moments from Granary Square and the canal. The luscious plants and water rill set the perfect scene for a lazy afternoon and the fabulous children's playground complete with sand pit mean the little ones can play whilst you sit back and relax

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.

Handyside Gardens
'My World and Your World' a major public sculpture by Eva Rothschild in Lewis Cubitt Park

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.

The Silk Road Photography Exhibition, Granary Square, King's Cross

The Outside Art Project

The Outside Art Project turns King’s Cross into one of the largest outdoor gallery spaces in London. Enjoy art from an exciting lineup of local, national and international artists, with a year-round programme of always-open, always-free art. The art is displayed on 24 seating benches dotted throughout the open spaces and squares at King’s Cross. Kings Cross partners with a number of cultural organisations to curate the exhibitions. The art is as diverse as the artists themselves, with a variety of mediums and styles promised in upcoming exhibitions.