Granary Square

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Granary Square
Granary Square

Filled with choreographed fountains (1,080 water spouts, operating 8am-8pm daily, and lit in many colours at night), the square’s terracing down to the canal is populated most sunny days. No wonder: there’s a ready supply of students from Central Saint Martins, which in 2011 moved into the building behind- a sensitively and impressively converted, Grade II-listed 1850s industrial building. The square is also home to the House of Illustration – a gallery an education space dedicated to promoting and celebrating illustration.

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Venue name: Granary Square
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Address: Granary Square
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N1C 4AA
Opening hours: Kings Cross Visitor Centre: Mon, Thur, Fri 10am-5pm; Tue-Wed noon-5pm; Sat 10am-4pm
Transport: Tube: King’s Cross Rail: St Pancras/King’s Cross
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Tastemaker

Granary Square used to be nothing. Now it's one of the nicest place to chill in London.

The kids will love playing in the fountain on a hot sunny day, while the grown ups can enjoy a drink at one of the many restaurant with terrasse.


And when the fancy takes you, simply walk along the canal for a nice little stroll.

tastemaker

A hot and sunny evening in London. What better place to spend the evening than sat on the grassy steps at Granary Square overlooking the canal surrounded by picnics, Prosecco in plastic cups and many Gins in Tins – certainly my kind of evening.


In the summer Granary Square becomes a post-work drinks hub with the bars spilling out into the square and children run through the fountains. It really is the perfect urban summer setting. With Waitrose right on the doorstep, grab your mates, head to the deli section – but hurry as the picnic goods sell out quick – blag and good spot by the water and natter away the evening. 


Certainly one of my favourite free summer hangouts. 

tastemaker

On a hot summer's day, Granary Square really is a pleasurable way to spend the evening after work and wind down. Families and friends of all ages can enjoy this open space while smiling at everyone having a fun time running through the choreographed water fountains. The restaurants and bars around the square cater for all and the steps by Regent's Canal is perfect for those who just want a glass of wine in their hand while lazing in the sun. This square as a public space in this redeveloped spot really is a breath of fresh air~


Granary Square

I was lucky enough to  be present at the “opening” of Granary Square in 2014, replete with Victorian chimney sweeps and train drivers, and at that stage I wasn’t sure what this area would become.

What was once a barren wasteland, and then a construction site, is now a buzzing outdoor area. Situated on the canals, it is a good spot to start a walk towards Camden / Regents Park to the west or Angel (and beyond to Broadway market) to the East. At the base of the green stairs you will find buskers, and there are regular food and vintage markets as well as a few great restaurants lining the square (Dishoom, Caravan, Grain Store). I would definitely recommend coming here for a weekend brunch and a walk along the canals to get a different view of London from what was once a centre of the industrial revolution – and if you’re lucky there may be some special event s/ markets on.

The British Library is also nearby and worth checking out.

Tastemaker

You can feel the money regenerating this area, but with amazing things like the occasional KERB market and the canal it's a prime spot. The influence of Central St Martins means that creative types are walking around all the time, inspiring and getting inspired by their surroundings. The amazing Waitrose is just a friendly addition, and a great excuse to buy cheap wine and lounge about with your friends. 


The amazing selection of food has me dragging people from south of the river to this little "landmark". The changes in this are the best version of gentrification, bringing a booming economy to an area that used to be just the train station to many visiting London. 


My favourite part is seeing the children running through the fountains every season of the year. They really embody what London means to me. A hectic and erratic joy, but smiles all around none the less. 

tastemaker

Still an upcoming area with lots of development still going on, Granary Square benefits from the fountainscape centre-piece (very popular in Summer) and lots of new restaurants and bars popping up all around it (Dishoom seems particularly popular, based on the numbers of passers-by who asked me where it is). The area also feels quite bohemian and artsy, what with the sheer number of arts students congregating there from the nearby Central St Martins campus. On Thursdays and Fridays, KERB also offer a number of food-trucks just across from the square (or there is a massive Waitrose, if a cheaper outdoor picnic is more your option). Tastemaker Tip - also visit the House of Illustration whilst you are in the area - the world’s first public gallery dedicated to the art of illustration.

Tastemaker

With the lovely weather we’ve been having, a few friends and I went to Granary Square last Friday after work. It’s a recently re-developed spot, with some new restaurants, bars, a fountain, space to sit along the canal, and a massive Waitrose. On the Friday we went, nearly everyone else had the same idea and the space was busy. Little kids were running through the fountains in swimsuits, the bar was heaving, and every spot of grass was covered in people lazying in the sun. 

After a visit to Waitrose, we found a spot of grass, laden with prosecco, crisps and other picnic munchies. Although it was busy, it wasn’t uncomfortable or too noisy. Everyone was super respectful, there were kids running around and I didn’t see any trash left on the green spaces when we left (several bottles of prosecco later)… 


This space feels like a little gem in busy, bustling King’s Cross! 

Tastemaker

I'm a bit bribed in this case, but I used to go to Central Saint Martins and to finish a long day walking out between the fountains was absolutely great. The whole area is being renovated bit by bit and it's by far the coolest, chillest place to be in this busy area.

If the weather is nice- this is a non missable place to go!

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Tastemaker

Granary Square is just lovely. I mean really lovely. I went on Easter weekend and I had such a lovely time. This part of Kings Cross regeneration is a great addition to the cityscape of London. As a Londoner I do get a bit sentimental about how it all used to be and scowl at some redevelopments happening in and around the city. But I bow down, this is a great place. A quarter that houses restaurants, cafes galleries and holding special events for all sorts, including children and families. We passed by a lovely Easter event, teaming with children painting eggs, hats ,playing ping pong and having a lovely time. The square feels very safe too, which means if you are a family you can happily let children run around and know that they are secure. We had a splendid time by visiting The House of Illustration for ‘Women in Comix’ exhibition and then visited Dishoom for some afternoon Indian cuisine (which was the best curry I have ever had). I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to Granary Square and plan to visit again….especially Dishoom…really it’s just so yummy. Oh and the fountains are lovely too : ) Did I mentioned it was lovely?! Lovely x

Staff Writer

This is how you do new public spaces. Granary Square has managed to become a bit of an institution in the few years since it appeared in the massive redevelopment behind King's Cross/St Pancras International Station. It's located a few steps up from the Regent's Canal, where you can watch the tugboats chugging serenely by, before climbing up for the main attraction of those incredible fountains. the jets are accessible to little kids as well as older ones, as they're not to aggressive or high, but the kiddos are unlikely to get bored of them as they are choreographed entertainingly enough to keep them on their toes – plus there are absolutely loads of them. For sustenance there's the Kerb street food market, as well as the Caravan cafe. Lewis Cubbitt Square nearby has seasonal attractions such as big screens showing summer sporting events, and the House of Illustration Gallery, also int he neighbourhood, usually has an exhibition worth checking out.