Live in London and looking for something exciting and inexpensive to do during the summer holidays? Visiting the UK and want to do something a little bit different than the usual London tourist attractions? In both cases, London’s King’s Cross could be the right place for you. Cotton Traders asked me to think of a place I would recommend to someone visiting this summer and I’d have to say this is top of my list.
Ideally located a few minutes walk behind King’s Cross, St Pancras and King’s Cross International Station is the popular Granary Square. This is a welcoming and well-used London gem, tucked just out of sight and sure to be an instant favourite with kids and kids-at-heart.
Featuring over two thousand synchronised ground level water fountains which are also lit up after dusk, there are hours of fun to be had in the square. Plus, when you’re tired out from watching the canals idle by or jumping in and out of the fountains, there are plenty of popular restaurants to refuel at, including Dishoom and Caravan.
Just a stone’s throw from Granary Square is Of Soil and Water: King’s Cross Pond – a brand new art installation that you can swim in! The outdoor pool is chemical free, instead the water is naturally filtered via the submerged water plants and the surrounding wetland. There are changing facilities and lockers onsite and with peak swim tickets starting from £3.50, it’s an extremely affordable city excursion. There is a viewing platform in front of the pool so you can head up and take a look before going in for your dip.
Have you visited Granary Square or the King’s Cross Pond yet? I’d love to know what you thought!