King’s Cross has changed beyond all recognition in recent years. Once a rather seedy area of London, there are now some very cool King’s Cross attractions and restaurants. It’s become quite a tech hub too, with companies such as Google and YouTube setting up here. Our walk will take you between one and a couple of hours, depending on how long you choose to stop in each place, and is suitable for people of all ages and walking abilities. Let’s start at King’s Cross Station, a red brick masterpiece originally created by George Gilbert Scott in 1876. Refurbished in 2012, it features a spectacular vaulted steel concourse designed by John McAslan + Partners.
King’s Cross Attractions
Whether you’re a Harry Potter fan or not, Platform 9¾ within King’s Cross Station is guaranteed to raise a smile. Although you won’t be able to catch the mythical Hogwarts Express here, Muggles can dress up with a house scarf and get their photo taken next to the luggage trolley for a small fee. There’s even a Harry Potter Shop with wizard robes, wands and more!
Now head out of the station and up King’s Boulevard to King’s Cross Central Viewing Platform on Goods Way. Climb the stairs for a glimpse over the revitalized area.
From here you can see Granary Square, the pedestrianized former warehouse complex with its stylish restaurants and illuminated fountains. There are 1080 jets of water, popular with children in the daytime and changing colours at night time. Central St Martins College is based here and its design and fashion shows are open to members of the public and free to attend.
From Granary Square, take the wooden walkway along the Regent’s Canal.
A few minutes later, you’ll pass a canal boat selling a selection of herbs…
Before arriving at a cool new green space, Gasholder Park. Designed by Bel Phillips Architects, it repurposes a historic gasholder from the 1850s. The structure was originally part of Pancras Gasworks and was dismantled and rebuilt nearby, providing a dramatic backdrop to the circular lawn.
Just after Gasholder Park, take the next stairway to exit the canal walk and loop back along Camley Street, past peaceful St Pancras gardens to Camley Street Natural Park. Spread over 2 acres alongside the Regent’s Canal, it’s a surprising oasis in the heart of central London. Originally a coal yard, today its home to a variety of wildlife as well as the Wildwood vegetarian cafe and a visitor centre.
After all that exploring you’ll have no doubt worked up an appetite, so thankfully there are many restaurants near King’s Cross…
Where to Eat in King’s Cross
Karpo Grill does the most amazing steaks cooked in their Josper grill, as well as delicious seafood such as these mussels. The waiting staff are really friendly and there’s a cosy lounge bar in the basement where you can enjoy live music sessions.
Plum + Spilt Milk takes its unusual name from the livery of the former Flying Scotsman trains that used to depart from King’s Cross. This restaurant is a very stylish place for all-day dining. We particularly like their champagne brunch, with a bottle of Billecart-Salmon Brut to share. Brunch classics like Eggs Benedict go down a treat but save room for the desserts such as their signature Plum + Spilt Milk pudding.
As the sun goes down and Granary Square’s fountain lights illuminate, the area takes on a magical appearance. A perfect end to an enlightening afternoon, discovering some of the hidden gems around this fascinating area of King’s Cross.
We hope you’ve enjoyed this virtual tour of King’s Cross attractions – let us know in the comments if you have any tips for people visiting the area.