Top Things to Do Near King’s Cross


King’s Cross has changed beyond all recognition in recent years. Once a rather seedy area of London, there are now some very cool King’s Cross attractions and restaurants. It’s become quite a tech hub too, with companies such as Google and YouTube setting up here. Our walk will show you the best things to do near King’s Cross and take between one and a couple of hours, depending on how long you choose to stop in each place, and is suitable for people of all ages and walking abilities. Let’s start at King’s Cross Station, a red brick masterpiece originally created by George Gilbert Scott in 1876. Refurbished in 2012, it features a spectacular vaulted steel concourse designed by John McAslan + Partners.

The amazing modern roof at Kings Cross St Pancras train station - King's Cross attractions
Things to Do Near King’s Cross

Whether you’re a Harry Potter fan or not, Platform 9¾ within King’s Cross Station is guaranteed to raise a smile. Although you won’t be able to catch the mythical Hogwarts Express here, Muggles can dress up with a house scarf and get their photo taken next to the luggage trolley for a small fee. There’s even a Harry Potter Shop with wizard robes, wands and more!

Things to do in King's Cross - Platform 9 and three quarters at Kings Cross St Pancras train station
Now head out of the station and up King’s Boulevard to King’s Cross Central Viewing Platform on Goods Way. Climb the stairs for a glimpse over the revitalized area.

The viewing platform at Kings Cross
From here you can see Granary Square, the pedestrianized former warehouse complex with its stylish restaurants and illuminated fountains. There are 1080 jets of water, popular with children in the daytime and changing colours at night time. Central St Martins College is based here and its design and fashion shows are open to members of the public and free to attend.

Central St Martins degree show
From Granary Square, take the wooden walkway along the Regent’s Canal.

things to do near King's Cross - the wooden walkway at Kings Cross
A few minutes later, you’ll pass a canal boat selling a selection of herbs…

The herb boat plying its trade at Kings Cross
Before arriving at a cool new green space, Gasholder Park. Designed by Bel Phillips Architects, it repurposes a historic gasholder from the 1850s. The structure was originally part of Pancras Gasworks and was dismantled and rebuilt nearby, providing a dramatic backdrop to the circular lawn.

Gasholder Park - a very cool new park at Kings Cross
Just after Gasholder Park, take the next stairway to exit the canal walk and loop back along Camley Street, past peaceful St Pancras gardens to Camley Street Natural Park. Spread over 2 acres alongside the Regent’s Canal, it’s a surprising oasis in the heart of central London. Originally a coal yard, today its home to a variety of wildlife as well as the Wildwood vegetarian cafe and a visitor centre.

Camley Street Natural Park - a lovely nature reserve near Kings Cross, London
After all that exploring you’ll have no doubt worked up an appetite, so thankfully there are many restaurants near King’s Cross…

Where to Eat in King’s Cross

Karpo Grill does the most amazing steaks cooked in their Josper grill, as well as delicious seafood such as these mussels. The waiting staff are really friendly and there’s a cosy lounge bar in the basement where you can enjoy live music sessions.

Fresh mussels at Karpo Grill - a great restaurant opposite Kings Cross St Pancras station
Plum + Spilt Milk takes its unusual name from the livery of the former Flying Scotsman trains that used to depart from King’s Cross. This restaurant is a very stylish place for all-day dining. We particularly like their champagne brunch, with a bottle of Billecart-Salmon Brut to share. Brunch classics like Eggs Benedict go down a treat but save room for the desserts such as their signature Plum + Spilt Milk pudding.

Delicious bottomless brunch dishes at Plum + Spilt Milk, Kings Cross, London
As the sun goes down and Granary Square’s fountain lights illuminate, the area takes on a magical appearance. A perfect end to an enlightening afternoon, discovering some this fascinating area which is a true London hidden gem.

We hope you’ve enjoyed this virtual  tour of things to do near King’s Cross – let us know in the comments if you have any tips for people visiting the area.

Top Attractions Around King's Cross, London, UK

  • Oh wow these are great!

    Beauty Candy Loves

    • Suze

      I’m glad you enjoyed reading them, Candice!

  • Every time I go to King’s Cross I get a little bit lost… just takes me some time to find my bearings! I spose that means I don’t go enough 😉

    • Suze

      I find it a bit disorienting with the new buildings but once you have got your bearings there’s a lot to discover!

  • I was just at Kings Cross yesterday! There was such a huge queue for the platform and 3/4 but it looked cool.
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    • Suze

      Yes there was when I was last there but I guess that early morning or evening would be worth visiting

  • Although I’ve only seen the first Harry Potter movie, I think I would love visiting Kings Cross. I remember that scene in the movie and think it’s so cool that you can actually go to that place 🙂 The food there looks so yummy too. I’m all about healthy options when it comes to dining.

    • Suze

      It was a brilliant move by the people who redesigned the station, to include that platform! I’ve heard of a few other healthy dining options nearby so will hopefully add them to this post once I’ve tried them out

  • Tamara

    I have been two times to London and one of those times I visited King Cross Station, but mostly because of the platform 9 3/4 haha, I’m a huge HP fan. I’d love to see more of the area during my next time in London, especially Camley Street Natural Park sounds good. Great tips!

    • Suze

      Did you get your photo taken at platform 9 3/4? I’m very tempted!

  • Thanks so much for sharing this, I’m in London tons on business and arrive into kings x by train. I never knew there was a viewing platform or canal walkway. New exploration underway on my next visit

    • Suze

      My pleasure, Anne! We were surprised to uncover so many tranquil places. It’s an area that I really like going back to time and time again

  • Love that area, especially Kings Place for concerts. Shame that The Grain Store is closing.

    • Suze

      Yes I’ve just heard that today, I’ll be updating the article. Hope they open something as good in its place

  • Mel B

    I have not thought about exploring around King’s Cross but what a great idea. I did not realise that there was so many cool places to visit like the Gasholder Park. Plum + Spilt Milk looks so yummy to and I could easily have the champagne brunch, with a bottle of Billecart-Salmon Brut

    • Suze

      Gasholder Park is very funky and the champagne brunch at Plum + Spilt Milk was a real treat

  • I can’t get over how much Kings Cross has changed in the last 12 years. When I first moved to London I used to catch trains to Bradford from Kings Cross for work every Monday morning and I recall it being quite rough but since they invested in transforms the station it’s really developed!

  • The Platform 9 3/4 is surely on my list. Potterhead!

  • Colby

    I always find it so interesting to see the transformation of once “not so great” areas, to the new “hot spot”. It looks like there’s so much to see and do at Kings Cross and the food looks delish!

  • Wow, this place looks so interesting! It looks like it would be so much fun to explore!

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  • For someone who has lived in London for four years I should really explore it more haha x

    Ariadna || RAWR BOWS

  • It really has changed alot! I’ve still not been to Plum and Split Milk but it’s on my list!

  • Lucy

    Kingscross is now beautiful which is ironic given were it came from. You have offered some great choices the canal museum is another offering Lucy x

  • HP platform was a fun thing to do:)