Granary Square

The canalside heart of King’s Cross

Visit for the fountains, restaurants, people watching & more. At the top of King’s Boulevard, on the banks of Regent’s Canal is 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.

Wide, south-facing steps sweep down to the canal from the square. Carpeted in green during the summer months, this is the ideal spot to relax and watch the boats slip by.

Visit to enjoy lunch with friends at one of the great restaurants that surround the square. Bring the kids, or just sit back and watch the comings and goings from the world-famous art school – Central Saint Martins.

Canalside steps at Granary Square, King's Cross
Granary Square Fountains at King's Cross

The fountains at Granary Square

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 animated as the day goes on. Come summer, there’s no better way to spend a hot day in the city than with a visit to King’s Cross. And top of the list is a cool off in the fountains

The Granary Square fountains are on, with intermittent low-level display and pooling settings. The fountains are open daily and are on during daylight hours.

Bars, cafés and restaurants

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.

The warehouse-like Granary Building is home to the ever-popular Caravan and Granary Square Brasserie, while just around the corner on Stable Street is Indian eatery, Dishoom.

The Lighterman is the all-day drinking and dining venue on the eastern side of the square with panoramic views from three floors. You can choose to eat al fresco on the Square, on the terrace, or on the banks of the canal. It’s the perfect spot for a drink on a summer evening. For a quick bite, the Sons + Daughters GO van serves amazing sandwiches. For more options, head to Coal Drops Yard just off the square. Here you’ll find more than fifty shops and restaurants.

Caravan restaurant terrace, Granary Square, King's Cross
Everyman Summer Love film festival at King's Cross

Events and happenings at Granary Square

There’s a year-round programme of events, performances and activities at Granary Square. With weekend-long family festivals, Fashion Week shows, the ever-popular Everyman open-air film festival, markets, concerts and more, there’s generally something to keep everyone entertained.

Keep an eye on the events calendar to find out what’s on. Or sign up for our fortnightly newsletter, Destination King’s Cross, and we’ll keep you posted about upcoming events, new openings and happenings.

The square also plays host to art installations that change with the seasons. Find out more about art in the open at King’s Cross.

About the design

In Victorian times, the square was a canal basin. Barges unloaded their goods here for transportation onwards to the homes and businesses of London. This aquatic history has been worked into the new design in the form of the four banks of fountains.

The strong, simple design and the use of salvaged materials are a reminder of the site’s industrial past. Planting has been kept to a minimum to reflect the original character of the Goods Yard. Townshend Landscape Architects designed the square, the fountains are designed and built by The Fountain Workshop and lighting design by Speirs + Major.

Granary Square fountains with fog, King's Cross
Granary Square, Coal Drops Yard, The Coal Office, and the Regents canal at King's Cross
Children playing in Granary Square fountains, King's Cross


1 Granary Square, Kings Cross, London N1C 4AA, UK

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