The feel good list

The feel good list

Life’s good, but we’re here to help you make it even better. These mood-boosting activities and treats will bring you moments of joy, calm you down, or excite your senses. Whatever you need to brighten your day, we’ve got you covered.

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Hockney exhibition Lightroom Kings Cross Dec 2022

See David Hockney’s work as never before

Experience David Hockney’s work with a specially commissioned score and large-scale projections – it’s a full-on sensory experience. ‘David Hockney – Bigger and Closer (not smaller and further away)’ is on at Lightroom in Lewis Cubitt Square.

See David Hockney’s work as never before

Make your way to Lightroom in Lewis Cubitt Square to see 'David Hockney - Bigger and Closer (not smaller and further away).

Lightroom's surround sound and enormous projections of Hockney's masterpieces, both familiar and new, allow you to walk through Hockney's work, letting you see the world through the artist's eyes.

Hockney exhibition Lightroom Kings Cross Dec 2022
A duckling on the canal in King's Cross

Spot wildlife as you wander

Despite its industrial heritage and urban location, the Regent’s Canal is a haven for wildlife and a wonderful place for bird spotting.

Spot wildlife as you wander

Despite its industrial heritage and urban location, the Regent's Canal is a haven for wildlife and a wonderful place for bird spotting. Look out for herons, coots, geese and moorhens as you wander. In the late spring and summer, you'll often see flocks of ducklings learning to swim - a feel-good sight if ever there was one!

A duckling on the canal in King's Cross
Martin Whitelock does push ups in Gasholder Park free fitness trail at king's cross

Let King’s Cross be your own, spacious, open air gym

Make King’s Cross your outside gym with our free fitness trail. Workout amongst beautiful green spaces, parks and iconic architecture.

Let King’s Cross be your own, spacious, open air gym

Make King's Cross your outdoor gym with our free fitness trail. Martin Whitelock, who runs the phenomenal MW5 Bootcamp, has created a workout with 8 exercises to try in different, outdoor locations. It's a fun and easy way for you to get those reps in.

Martin Whitelock does push ups in Gasholder Park free fitness trail at king's cross
Mask Making Workshop for the 2023 Lost Species Trail at King's Cross

Make the most of your family time

King’s Cross is full of fun, family friendly activities – check out our list of things to do locally, whatever the weather.

Cocktails at Drake and Morgan, Pancras Square, King's Cross

Learn the art of mixology

Do you know your fizzes from your flips? The mixology maestros at Drake & Morgan will teach you the tricks of the trade in this fun masterclass where you learn to prepare two, three or more of your favourite cocktails. Find out more and book.

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.

Vegan at hicce restaurant at Coal Drops Yard, King's Cross

Try a plant-based diet

King’s Cross is full of fantastic vegan options, whether you want to go full vegan or simply cut out meat for a meal.

Try a plant-based diet

King's Cross is full of fantastic vegan options, whether you want to go full vegan or simply cut out meat for a meal.

Almost all of our restaurants and cafes now have vegan options on their menus, and there are some specialist places to check out too.

Vegan at hicce restaurant at Coal Drops Yard, King's Cross
'Word on the Water, canal boat book store Regent's Canal at King's Cross

Visit the most romantic bookshop in London

It’s always good to step back from the social media circus and slow down with a good book, and finding a beautiful paperback in a good bookshop makes the experience even better.

Visit the most romantic bookshop in London

It's always good to step back from the social media circus and slow down with a good book, and finding a beautiful paperback in a good bookshop makes the experience even better. Word on the Water, King's Cross' own floating bookshop not only has a fantastic selection of books, from vintage classics to the best of contemporary literature. It's hard to imagine a more appealing place to browse.

 

'Word on the Water, canal boat book store Regent's Canal at King's Cross
Spiritland music venue and bar in King's Cross

Get lost in music at Spirtland

Whether you want to spend the day immersed in an album playback, listen to a talk from one of your favourite artists, cultural figures, dance the night away to a DJ set, or even catch a live performance, Spiritland has got you covered.

Get lost in music at Spirtland

Whether you want to spend the day immersed in an album playback, listen to a talk from one of your favourite artists, cultural figures, dance the night away to a DJ set, or even catch a live performance, Spiritland has got you covered.

This daytime cafe and nighttime venue serves light bites through the day and killer cocktails in the evening and accompanies it all with a stellar soundtrack.

Spiritland music venue and bar in King's Cross
Candle Making at Earl of East in King's Cross

Create your own scented candle

Beautifully curated homewares shop Earl of East is known for its exquisite scented candles, but, why go for a generic scent when you can create one of your own by taking part in one of their candle making workshops?

Create your own scented candle

Beautifully curated homewares shop Earl of East is known for its exquisite scented candles, but, why go for a generic scent when you can create one of your own by taking part in one of their candle making workshops?

The team will teach you the practical side of candle making and help you choose a selection of essential oils that will fill your home with fragrance and your heart with joy.

Candle Making at Earl of East in King's Cross
Swimming pool, Pancras Square Leisure Centre, King's Cross

Have a lunchtime sauna and swim

At the top of Pancras Square is a public leisure centre with pristine facilities where you can have a relaxing sauna and a swim for £6.85 (non-members’ price. Concessions available). Find out more.

Sustainable shopping at Boutique by Shelter at Coal Drops Yard, King's Cross

Shop sustainably at Boutique by Shelter

Bring any pre-loved vintage or designer pieces to Boutique by Shelter in Coal Drops Yard, treat yourself to some new-to-you gems and help raise vital funds to fight homelessness.

Shop sustainably at Boutique by Shelter

Bring any pre-loved vintage or designer pieces to Boutique by Shelter in Coal Drops Yard, treat yourself to some new-to-you gems and help raise vital funds to fight homelessness.

The store also has volunteering opportunities if you'd like to get involved. Hours are flexible and roles are varied - from window dressing to social media to visual merchandising.

Sustainable shopping at Boutique by Shelter at Coal Drops Yard, King's Cross
Travel Photographer of the Year Exhibition at the Outsider Art Project, Pancras Square, King's Cross

Enjoy art in the open

The Outside Art Project turns King’s Cross into one of the largest outdoor gallery spaces in London.

Enjoy art in the open

The Outside Art Project turns King’s Cross into one of the largest outdoor gallery spaces in London.

The year-round programme is always on and it's always free. As you walk around the neighbourhood, you can enjoy art from local, national and international artists and photographers. The art is displayed on seating benches dotted throughout the open spaces and squares.

Travel Photographer of the Year Exhibition at the Outsider Art Project, Pancras Square, King's Cross
Queer Britain Museum in King's Cross

Delve into Britain’s Queer history

Queer Britain, the UK’s first bricks and mortar museum of Queer history, is a fascinating archive of LGBTQIA+ history, art and culture.

Delve into Britain’s Queer history

Queer Britain, the UK's first bricks and mortar museum of Queer history, is a fascinating archive of LGBTQIA+ history, art and culture.

Alongside a comprehensive photographic record of the struggle for equal rights, you'll find artefacts to make you cry, such as the door Oscar Wilde languished behind in Reading Gaol, and some to make you joyful, like Divine's octopus dress.

Queer Britain Museum in King's Cross
Buzzrd Buzzard Buzzard performing at Lafayette, Goods Way, in King's Cross

See a live gig for less than £20

Music is a powerful mood booster and live music even more so! At Lafayette there are several gigs a week and most of them come in at £20 or less.

See a live gig for less than £20

Music is a powerful mood booster and live music even more so! At Lafayette there are several gigs a week and most of them come in at £20 or less.

Phenomenal value given the calibre of the venue and the acts that perform here - Tim Burgess, D Smoke, Dagny, Jessie Buckley & Bernard Butler have all played recently!

Buzzrd Buzzard Buzzard performing at Lafayette, Goods Way, in King's Cross
Morty and Bob's breakfast, Coal Drops Yard, King's Cross

Start your day right

A good breakfast or a leisurely brunch is the perfect way to ease in the day, and here at King’s Cross, we’ve got plenty of delicious options on offer. Whether you fancy sitting outside people watching or nursing a coffee in a cosy booth, we’ve got you covered.

VIA Bicycle Atelier, Stable Street, King's Cross

Get rolling with VIA Bike Atelier

Whether you’re riding to work, pootling along the canal or taking on the Alps, cycling is good for body and soul.

Get rolling with VIA Bike Atelier

Whether you're riding to work, pootling along the canal or taking on the Alps, cycling is good for body and soul.

VIA Bicycle Atelier on Stable Street has a range of bikes on sale alongside all the kit you need to get you going, from helmets and saddles to sunglasses and shoes. The trained advisors will ensure that you get the best model and fit for your needs and there's a mechanic in store too, in case your bike needs some TLC.

VIA Bicycle Atelier, Stable Street, King's Cross
Longboys gourmet doughnuts, Coal Drops Yard, King's Cross

Indulge in a gourmet treat

Got the mid-week blues? The gourmet doughnuts at Longboys in Coal Drops Yard are the perfect pick-me-up. Exquisite flavour combinations on an impossibly light and fluffy brioche base. Yum!

Glam manicure at We Create LDN, King's Cross

Get your glam on with a manicure from We Create LDN

Need some glamour in your life? Everyone knows that the quickest and easiest way to upgrade your look is a manicure, and We Create LDN are experts in the field.

Get your glam on with a manicure from We Create LDN

Need some glamour in your life? Everyone knows that the quickest and easiest way to upgrade your look is a manicure, and We Create LDN are experts in the field.

Whether you want a simple scarlet manicure or fabulous nail art, this small but perfect salon will sort out your hands and leave you feeling a million dollars.

Glam manicure at We Create LDN, King's Cross
Wed 6.45 - 7.30pm Group of dancers at No Lights no lycra King's Cross Feb 23

Dance in the dark

Let your body move without worrying about anyone watching at No Lights, No Lycra’s weekly dance class.
No lights, no teacher, no steps to learn, no technique necessary, no judgement. Just 45 minutes of wild dancing that will banish stress and leave you brimming with endorphins.

Dance in the dark

Let your body move without worrying about anyone watching at No Lights, No Lycra's weekly dance class.
No lights, no teacher, no steps to learn, no technique necessary, no judgement. Just 45 minutes of wild dancing that will banish stress and leave you brimming with endorphins.

Don't worry about bumping into people in the dark - the lights are off so no one will see your face, but there's enough ambient light that you'll be able to make out each other's silhouettes.

Classes cost £7 and run from 6.45 - 7.30pm every other Wednesday at KX YMCA.

Group of dancers at No Lights no lycra King's Cross Feb 23
two swans passing Camley Street Natural Park floating Viewpoint, King's Cross

Step out of the city and into the wild

Camley Street Natural Park is two acres of wild green space, right in the heart of King’s Cross –  a place to disconnect from city life and immerse yourself in nature.

Step out of the city and into the wild

Camley Street Natural Park is two acres of wild green space, right in the heart of King’s Cross -  a place to disconnect from city life and immerse yourself in nature.

Follow the paths through this very special nature reserve and find your way to Viewpoint – the floating hideaway in miniature where you can experience the canal and its wildlife from a different angle. Camley Street also has opportunities for volunteering, so get in touch with them if you'd like to spend even more time in this special corner of London.

two swans passing Camley Street Natural Park floating Viewpoint, King's Cross
Yoga at Frame Fitness, King's Cross

Get your endorphins rushing at Frame

Frame is one of the most loved gyms in London for good reason – and for January 2023, they’ve just reintroduced their Total Body class, which mixes high intensity cardio with a focus on strength and core.

Get your endorphins rushing at Frame

Frame is one of the most loved gyms in London for good reason - and for January 2023, they've just reintroduced their Total Body class, which mixes high intensity cardio with a focus on strength and core.

Frame's reformer pilates, barre and dance classes get you moving, tone and sculpt your body and give you a mental boost. Commit to a fitness routine with one of their class bundles, look after yourself with some gentle strengthening yoga or even treat yourself to a meditative sound bath.

Yoga at Frame Fitness, King's Cross
Russell Tovey art and culture tour of King's Cross

Take the art & culture tour

This audio tour is a fascinating dive into an area that has undergone many transformations over the years and played a big part in shaping the city we know and love.

Take the art & culture tour

This audio tour is a fascinating dive into an area that has undergone many transformations over the years and played a big part in shaping the city we know and love.

Packed with historical photographs, timelapse videos, and behind-the-scenes footage. The tour takes 45 mins and is totally free.

Russell Tovey art and culture tour of King's Cross
Products at Space NK, King's Cross

Browse luxury beauty at Space NK

Make up can instantly change your mood and attitude. If you need a new lippy to brighten your look or perfume that’ll make you feel chic and sophisticated, head to luxury beauty mecca Space NK.

Browse luxury beauty at Space NK

Make up can instantly change your mood and attitude. If you need a new lippy to brighten your look or perfume that'll make you feel chic and sophisticated, head to luxury beauty mecca Space NK. With a huge range of brilliantly curated products, they have everything you need to look and feel your best.

 

Products at Space NK, King's Cross
Terrarium Workshop in the Botanical Boys store, Coal Drops Yard, King's Cross

Connect with nature with the Botanical Boys

The Botanical Boys at Coal Drops Yard are passionate about reconnecting people to nature. Alongside selling a beautiful selection of terrariums and homewares, they hold a terrarium building workshops, which are a wonderful way to destress, get creative, and bring a little living garden home with you. 

Connect with nature with the Botanical Boys

The pandemic showed us just how important our connection to the natural world is. These terrarium workshops from the Botanical Boys are calming and relaxing and aim to help people connect with each other and with nature.

The boys' love of plants is infectious - you'll come away with new knowledge about terrariums and plant care, as well as your very own garden in miniature.

Terrarium Workshop in the Botanical Boys store, Coal Drops Yard, King's Cross
Redemption Roasters coffee, Coal Drops Yard, King's Cross

Help change lives with your morning coffee

Meet our local heroes. Redemption Roasters on Lower Stable Street doesn’t just make an excellent cup of coffee.

Help change lives with your morning coffee

Meet our local heroes. Redemption Roasters on Lower Stable Street doesn't just make an excellent cup of coffee.

This remarkable social enterprise gives young offenders a second shot at life. Coffee is roasted at HMP The Mount where inmates are trained in professional roastery and barista skills, helping them to find employment and reintegrate into society after release.

Redemption Roasters coffee, Coal Drops Yard, King's Cross
Pilates at Ten Health and Fitness King's Cross

Move better, look great and feel amazing with Ten Health and Fitness

Beloved by A-listers, Ten bridges the gap between fitness and medical sectors, offering reformer pilates and personal training alongside physio, massage, women’s health and clinical exercise prescriptions for clients with life altering conditions.

Move better, look great and feel amazing with Ten Health and Fitness

Beloved by A-listers, Ten bridges the gap between fitness and medical sectors, offering reformer pilates and exercise classes but also physiotherapy, massage, and clinical exercise prescriptions for clients with life altering conditions from cancer to the menopause. Their new flagship studio in the Gasholder Building also offers advanced wellness services like cryotherapy, hypobaric therapy, infared saunas, compression boots and IV infusions.

Pilates at Ten Health and Fitness King's Cross
A massage at Face Gym in King's Cross

Take your face to the gym

Treat your face to a facial that goes beyond the normal skin cleansing and care  – a full muscle workout at Face Gym. 

Take your face to the gym

Treat your face to a facial that goes beyond the normal skin cleansing and care  - a full muscle workout at Face Gym.
Designed to kickstart your skin’s metabolism and train the 40+ forgotten muscles in the face, a FaceGym workout combines signature massage techniques with cutting-edge tech devices and award-winning skincare to lift, sculpt + brighten your skin.  Even better - all the products they use are vegan and cruelty-free. 

 

A massage at Face Gym in King's Cross
London Scenic Walking Routes, King's Cross, Footways Map 2022

Explore a quieter side of London on foot

Skip the traffic and the crush on the tube and instead follow this network of quiet and enjoyable routes for walking London from Footways.

Explore a quieter side of London on foot

Skip the traffic and the crush on the tube and instead follow this network of quiet and enjoyable routes for walking London from Footways.

The King’s Cross to Covent Garden route takes you through historic shopping streets, leafy squares and parks and you can pick up some fascinating knowledge about our city along the way.

London Scenic Walking Routes, King's Cross, Footways Map 2022
People at the Skip Garden, King's Cross

Try a spot of twilight gardening

Every Wednesday, people of all ages gather at the Story Garden to get their hands dirty and help this wonderful community garden to grow.

Try a spot of twilight gardening

Every Wednesday, people of all ages gather at the Story Garden to get their hands dirty and help this wonderful community garden to grow.

You'll hone your gardening skills and meet new people as you contribute to the community. Everyone gathers around the fire afterwards for a chat and a drink.

People at the Skip Garden, King's Cross
Blomma Beauty store, Coal Drops Yard, King's Cross

Go all-natural at Blomma Beauty

At this organic beauty and wellbeing store, every product is carefully chosen for its ethical origins and natural ingredients.

Go all-natural at Blomma Beauty

At this organic beauty and wellbeing store, every product is carefully chosen for its ethical origins and natural ingredients.

Try them out at one of their free pampering events. There are massages, classes and mini-facials on offer. They're also currently offering 50% off on all first facials!

Blomma Beauty store, Coal Drops Yard, King's Cross
A narrow boat leaving St. Pancras lock on the Regent's Canal at King's Cross

Take a meditative guided walk

Sue Amos is Head of Gardens at Global Generation. Take a moment to join her on this canalside walk where we’re encouraged to slow things down, engage our senses, and take notice of the wonders of the natural world springing up all around us. Her walk begins at St Pancras Lock.

Polestar Pilates at King's Cross

Sculpt your body at Polestar Pilates

If you’re serious about sculpting your form, you won’t find a better solution than Polestar Pilates, which offers 1:1 or very small group reformer pilates classes. Their method is perfect for rehabilitation too.

Sculpt your body at Polestar Pilates

 

 

Polestar Pilates at King's Cross
The Fore fitness studio, Handyside St, King's Cross

Improve your fitness and get those endorphins pumping

Nothing boosts your mental and physical wellbeing quite like a workout, and King’s Cross has you covered with a brilliant range of studios and classes. Find out more here. 

Improve your fitness and get those endorphins pumping

 

The Fore fitness studio, Handyside St, King's Cross
Workout at Amica365 gym in King's Cross

Try a new kind of workout

Amica365 offers a whole new kind of workout, with 45 minute classes split 3 sections – gymnastics, weightlifting and metabolic conditioning.

Try a new kind of workout

Amica365 offers a whole new kind of workout, with 45 minute classes split 3 sections - gymnastics, weightlifting and metabolic conditioning. If that sounds terrifying, never fear - all classes can be scaled, and the workouts are suitable for everyone. Even better, they've got a FREE trial offer

They're also offering a fantastic introductory offer of £300 for 3 months. Book your trial now and look forward to a fitter you in 2023!

 

Workout at Amica365 gym in King's Cross
Everyman Cinema, Handyside St, King's Cross

Watch a film at Everyman

Whether you’re in the mood for a blockbuster or an art house masterpiece, Everyman cinema is a wonderful place to see a film.

Watch a film at Everyman

Whether you're in the mood for a blockbuster or an art house masterpiece, Everyman cinema is a wonderful place to see a film. With comfortable chairs, a menu of drinks and snacks to enjoy while you watch, and a lounge bar for pre or post-movie meals, Everyman turns the cinema experience into something luxurious and special.

 

Everyman Cinema, Handyside St, King's Cross
Superfood Cocktails at Drake and Morgan King's Cross

Try a non-alcoholic cocktail at Drake and Morgan

If you’re prioritising health but still fancy something fun to sip on, Drake and Morgan have the perfect solution – a series of non-alcoholic cocktails.

Try a non-alcoholic cocktail at Drake and Morgan

If you're prioritising health but still fancy something fun to sip on, Drake and Morgan have the perfect solution - a series of non-alcoholic cocktails.

Try the Seaweed Paloma with Pentire Seaward, grapefruit & rosemary cordial, fresh grapefruit, pink grapefruit soda & salt. Or the Coastal Fizz with alcohol-free sparkling spumante. These drinks are anything but boring!

 

Superfood Cocktails at Drake and Morgan King's Cross
Radio Hair Salon, King's Cross

Try a new hairstyle at Radio

Nothing puts a spring in your step like a fabulous new ‘do, and the stylists at Radio, the much loved hair salon on York Way, are experts at creating the perfect cut.

Try a new hairstyle at Radio

Nothing puts a spring in your step like a fabulous new 'do, and the stylists at Radio, the much loved hair salon on York Way, are experts at creating the perfect cut.

Whether you're looking for something sleek and sophisticated or avant garde, they've got you covered. They're experts in colour too, so if you're not ready for a cut, why not refresh your look with some gloss colour or balayage?

 

Radio Hair Salon, King's Cross
Manifesto, hairdressing store, Coal Drops Yard, King's Cross

Sharpen up at Manifesto

Not only is Manifesto one of London’s favourite barbers, but it’s also the place to go when you need to sharpen up your look.

Sharpen up at Manifesto

Not only is Manifesto one of London's favourite barbers, but it's also the place to go when you need to sharpen up your look. Their Dandy and Rehab packages will see you right with a haircut, a treatment, a wet shave or beard trim, a head massage and either a whisky or a refreshing juice. Everything you need to step out of the salon ready to face the world.

 

Manifesto, hairdressing store, Coal Drops Yard, King's Cross
The Fore fitness studio, Handyside St, King's Cross

Find holistic health at The Fore

The Fore on Handyside Street brings together experts from the worlds of fitness, alternative medicine, lifestyle and nutrition to offer you a totally integrated approach to wellness.

Find holistic health at The Fore

The Fore on Handyside Street brings together experts from the worlds of fitness, alternative medicine, lifestyle and nutrition to offer you a totally integrated approach to wellness.

Their gym classes bridge the gap between personal training and group exercise and works your body across every plane of movement to produce more than just muscle, and are regularly voted among the top ten fitness classes in London.

The Fore fitness studio, Handyside St, King's Cross
Sweaty Betty store, King's Boulevard, King's Cross

Refresh your yoga look

Everyone knows that yoga is good for your body and your mind. Everyone knows that when you look better, you feel better. So why not head to Sweaty Betty?

Refresh your yoga look

Everyone knows that yoga is good for your body and your mind. Everyone knows that when you look better, you feel better. So why not head to Sweaty Betty?  Not only do they have a comprehensive selection of clothing, there's kombucha on tap and free yoga, pilates and HIIT classes in store!

 

Sweaty Betty store, King's Boulevard, King's Cross