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Canalside walkways, canalside parks, a corridor of green connects the east and the west

GREENWAYS, WATERWAYS
AND PATHWAYS

The fountains, the playgrounds, public art, sports venues, parks and green spaces filling nearly half of King’s Cross’ 67 acres represent a significant investment in public wellbeing.

Londoners enjoy a taste of Wales at the Green Man Beer and Cider Festival on Lewis Cubitt Square and Park

In this safe, managed environment, the streets are active and attractive but free of clutter. There are green, wild places to breathe, places to meet, places to shop, to share, to eat. Places to just be. Places made from huge ideas built on a human scale. New spaces sit alongside reawakened Victorian giants, their strength and purpose undimmed by nearly a century of slumber – real bones sunk deep into the community.

The Regent’s Canal green belt, running east to west along the estate’s width, links formal gardens with public squares and wild places through its gentle towpath. It’s a working canal, where people live and narrowboats navigate at the water’s pace.

Award winning Dan Pearson’s Handyside Gardens sits to the east, whilst Wharf Road Gardens winds westwards towards Bagley Walk – an elevated planted pathway for pedestrians and cyclists that follows the canal’s curve right through Coal Drops Yard and into Gasholder Park. A new bridge over the canal connects Bagley Walk with the sculpted wilderness of Camley Street Natural Park.

Late summer sun in Lewis Cubitt Park
Late summer sun in Lewis Cubitt Park
Cafés, bars and restaurants spill onto Keskedee Square – a new square off Canal Reach
The location, connections, canalside setting, rich industrial heritage, eclectic cultural scene and thriving community come together to make a diverse and exciting destination, set around tree-lined streets and outstanding public spaces.
NEW LONDON QUARTERLY 2016
A grove of pleached lime trees – a lunchtime retreat on Granary Square

Coming soon is the tree-lined sweep of Canal Reach, the road screened by 5m wide plant beds and oak trees. New public squares are being carefully crafted in the streets beyond, springing up like urban oases for workers, residents and visitors to discover and enjoy.

The Persian structured planting of Jellicoe Gardens provides contrast to the wide open spaces of its neighbour, Lewis Cubitt Park, which along with Lewis Cubitt Square, forms part of the green corridor running north to south through the estate. Further on, pleached lime trees shade the many visitors to central Granary Square and its interactive fountains. Look up to the skies and find over two acres of green or brown roofs. It’s part of the never ending sustainability story of King’s Cross where everything is focused on creating a community with a long term future. It is an extraordinary commitment.

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GASHOLDER PARK

A unique, new canalside park in the historic gasholder guide frame

GASHOLDER PARK

Gasholder No. 8 is the largest of the iconic gasholders that once dominated the skyline at King’s Cross. When the redevelopment of King’s Cross began, the beautiful cast iron structure was dismantled piece by piece, painstakingly restored and moved to a new home north of the canal. Here it frames the newly opened Gasholder Park with its beautiful sculpted canopy.

The park is a perfect place to relax and watch the narrow boats at St Pancras Lock. The circular lawn is also a great play space for local families as well as the children who attend the new school in the neighbouring Plimsoll Building.

Gasholder Park is designed by Bell Phillips Architects, the planting is by Dan Pearson Studio and lighting design by Speirs + Major.

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CAMLEY STREET NATURAL PARK

Two unique acres of wild green space right in the heart of London.

CAMLEY STREET NATURAL PARK

Camley Street Natural Park is an urban nature reserve – a two acre haven in the middle of one of the most densely populated parts of London. Situated on the banks of Regent’s Canal, the park is a place for both people and wildlife.

Run by the London Wildlife Trust, the park was created from an old Coal Yard in 1984. The reserve provides a home for birds, butterflies, bats and a wide variety of plant life. Habitats include wetlands, woodland and meadow. It’s great for a day out with the kids, or just a bit of peace and quiet from the bustle of London.

With a new pedestrian bridge planned across Regent’s Canal, the park will become more easily accessible from Coal Drops Yard and the area north of the canal.

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COAL DROPS YARD

A new shopping destination for London

COAL DROPS YARD

With its canalside location, Victorian architecture and beautiful new public squares as a backdrop, Coal Drops Yard is set to become a unique new shopping destination for London. The cobbled streets and Victorian brick arches will house an eclectic and original mix of shopping and leisure. This will be a magnet for visitors from across London, the UK and further afield.

Built in the 1850s, the Coal Drops were for receiving and sorting coal as it arrived from the north of England by train. Now the Victorian brick arches are being brought back to life in a design from Heatherwick Studio that brings together the industrial heritage with exciting contemporary architecture.

There will be a wonderful and unexpected mix of individual, independent shops together with signature retail brands from home and abroad. With a focus on fashion, craft and culture, this is a place to discover beautiful, carefully chosen things. Visitors will experience traditional shop-keeping values, exceptional service and a warm welcome.

The street scene is as interesting and inspiring as the shops, with places to eat and drink and markets to browse.

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LEWIS CUBITT SQUARE

The new civic square at King’s Cross

LEWIS CUBITT SQUARE

This new civic square is on Stable Street, just moments from Granary Square. The square is designed by Laurie Olin who also designed Bryant Park in New York. It features Laurie’s hallmark arching water jets and is a great spot to relax, play and enjoy the goings on. The water feature is cut into the eastern side of the square with plenty of seating nestled among the flowerbeds.

With space for over 2,000 people, the square hosts markets, outdoor cinema, concerts and events year round. Martin Whitelock of MW5 Fitness runs the popular KX Bootcamp workout here. Check the event’s calendar for session times.

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LEWIS CUBITT PARK

Two unique acres of wild green space right in the heart of London.

LEWIS CUBITT PARK

Camley Street Natural Park is an urban nature reserve – a two acre haven in the middle of one of the most densely populated parts of London. Situated on the banks of Regent’s Canal, the park is a place for both people and wildlife.

Run by the London Wildlife Trust, the park was created from an old Coal Yard in 1984. The reserve provides a home for birds, butterflies, bats and a wide variety of plant life. Habitats include wetlands, woodland and meadow. It’s great for a day out with the kids, or just a bit of peace and quiet from the bustle of London.

With a new pedestrian bridge planned across Regent’s Canal, the park will become more easily accessible from Coal Drops Yard and the area north of the canal.

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GRANARY SQUARE

The canalside heart of King’s Cross. Visit for the fountains, restaurants, people-watching and more

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.

The main attraction at Granary Square is undoubtedly the fountains. Arrive at daybreak, and the mood is serene with mist and fog setting the scene. The fountains become more and more animated as the day goes on. Granary Square fountains are open daily and are on during daylight hours, so more time for fun during the summer months.

Granary Square is home to some fantastic places to eat and drink. Each of the restaurants and cafés has a generous terrace where you can kick back and watch the goings-on. And best of all – it’s virtually car-free.

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GASHOLDER GARDENS

A unique, new canalside garden adjacent to the historic gasholder guide frames

GASHOLDER GARDENS

Beautiful landscaped gardens between the canal and the Gasholders apartments. The gardens connect Gasholders Park with Bagley Walk. Bagley Walk is a walkway that links west to east connecting Coal Drops Yard, Granary Square, Wharf Road Gardens and Handyside Gardens.

These three Gasholder frames were built for the storage of town gas for Pancras Gasworks, the largest gasworks in London. They were originally constructed in 1860-67. Their frames are highly decorative with three tiers of hollow cylindrical cast iron columns, cast iron capitals and three tiers of wrought iron riveted lattice girders.

Now home to beautiful apartments and retail on the ground floor the area is a tranquil oasis to relax and watch the world pass by.

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WHARF ROAD GARDENS

A new canalside promenade between Granary Square and York Way

WHARF ROAD GARDENS

Wharf Road Gardens is the new green route which makes it easier to get between Granary Square and York Way.

Paths wind through lawns and raised beds that are edged with benches. This is a great spot to pause and watch the narrowboats and bird life on the Regent’s Canal.

At the Granary Square end of the gardens, is the Lighterman – a new all-day pub and dining venue, while at the York Way end you’ll find the Greek Larder and delicatessen as well as Fuel at Frame – the ultimate healthy option. The Waitrose café is also here, with plenty of outdoor seating – perfect for a coffee or a quick bite.

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HANDYSIDE GARDENS

A beautiful pocket park and children’s play area for King’s Cross

HANDYSIDE GARDENS

Handyside Gardens is a beautifully landscaped pocket park just moments from Granary Square and the canal. There are places to sit and a water rill which meanders through the park from the children’s play area. Little onese can have all kinds of fun pumping water into the rill.

The gardens are between the homes at ArtHouse and the Midlands Goods Shed – a restored historic train shed which is now home to a Waitrose store, café and cookery school.

If it’s time for a break, then there’s outdoor seating at the Waitrose café at the canal end of the park. You’ll also find the Greek Larder in ArtHouse on York Way, or for the ultimate healthy option, why not try the protein bowls and super shakes at the Fuel at Frame Café. There are lots more options at nearby Granary Square.

LUNCH BREAK
Healthy bodies, healthy minds – the daily routine on Lewis Cubitt Square.
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