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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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.