With buildings like St. Pancras, King’s Place and The British Library – to name but a few – a person can sometimes feel a little overwhelmed with the monumental buildings in the area! However, you can discover tiny wells of peace and quiet a few minutes from any major junction.
I’m going to take you on a journey through a few of my favourite green spaces. All set within 15 minutes walk of King’s Cross Station, these spots are great for free things to do in London, ideas for a family day out, or just somewhere to take your lunch break. I hope you will find something here that inspires you to explore the area…
The Calthorpe Project
According to its website, ‘The Calthorpe inner city community garden and centre exists to improve the physical and emotional well-being of those who live, work or study in Camden and surrounding areas’. I can attest to the fact that this is true. Escape the noise of Gray’s Inn Road in this landscaped green space and grab a delicious snack. What’s more, it will be made using ingredients grown on site in the garden.
The Skip Garden
This project started as a nomadic vegetable garden built in skips and has grown deep roots in the heart of the King’s Cross development. Everything is built using recycled materials – mostly from the surrounding construction site. This is a community effort in every sense, and the project brings together people of all ages and backgrounds. The food is again delicious, and the King’s Cross Story Palace team loves finding an excuse to visit over lunchtime!
Camley Street Natural Park
Camley Street Natural Park is an urban nature reserve situated right on Regent’s Canal. The reserve provides a home for birds, butterflies, bats and a wide variety of plant life. Habitats include wetlands, woodland and meadow. If you can take a long enough lunch break or have a few hours to spare, there’s some amazing nature to be enjoyed right in the heart of London!
You’re bound to hear the sounds of children playing walking past Coram’s Fields most days, and in the evenings I’ve glimpsed everything from orchestra rehearsals to dance classes. The park is restricted to young people (and accompanying adults), with a farm in the summer months showcasing everything from goats to a new chicken coop. It’s definitely worth making the most of any sunny weather that comes our way and experiencing Coram’s Fields with your sons, daughters, nieces, nephews or any other young people in your life!
If you visit any of these places, or find other green spaces of your own around King’s Cross, you can share them with us via Twitter or Instagram: @_storypalace