Day out in Granary Square
Granary Square, and the area surrounding St Pancras has so much more to offer, you’ll soon forget you’ve only just stepped off the train
Here are our suggestions to help you discover more #SEhiddengems
From wasteland to wildlife
If you leave the station and follow St Pancras Road, you’ll soon reach Camley Street. Here, situated between two of London’s busiest train stations, you’ll find a reserve created from wasteland that you wouldn’t think would be possible. Quite its own little oasis, Camley Street Natural Park has ponds, woodlands and grasslands – look out for a number of species of birds, insects and plants.
Take a walk on the canal-side
If you head up towards the river along Camley Street and continue to follow the road over it, you’ll see some steps on your right down to the Regents Canal Towpath. Follow the canal either way, but taking a right will see you towards Granary Square. This scenic walk will take you past locks, canal boats and away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Don’t skip lunch
Stop for a freshly sourced treat with a twist. The kitchen serves up food made with organic ingredients from its community garden, built by young people and local volunteers. From salads and healthy juices to a homemade chocolate and rosemary loaf, the Skip Garden Kitchen enables young people to learn new skills whilst also producing delicious food. Look out for their supper clubs and seasonal feasts also.
Consider yourself an aspiring illustrator?
Originally set up by a group of leading illustrators, including Quentin Blake, this is the UK’s only public gallery dedicated to illustration and graphic art. With ten exhibitions a year, as well as a programme of events, the House of Illustration has something to inspire all.
Worth a wander
If you have the time, a 20 minute wander down Kings Cross Road from the station will take you to this unique pedestrianised street, which may make you feel like you’re not even in London. Along Exmouth Market there are independent design shops, boutiques and a small variety of restaurants and bars. If you visit during the week, you’ll be lucky enough to sample the weekday food market.
Please note: All of our recommendations may have different opening times, events and admissions.
Please check their information before your visit as we wouldn’t want any disappointment on the day.