Living in King's Cross: Family friendly in the heart of London
Aug 15, 2018
The exciting redevelopment of King’s Cross spans 67 acres, establishing itself as a ‘whole new piece of London’ with its diverse offering which radiates culture and promotes a sense of community.
With a unique postcode of N1C, it’s swiftly becoming the place to be. This vibrant new neighbourhood in King’s Cross has something for everyone, especially families so we have put together a list of ways for you to keep yourself and the kids entertained for hours.
Granary Square has established itself as the main focal point within the King’s Cross development.
Most notably in the heart of Granary Square, the fountains (1,080 jets if we’re counting) have proved very popular. Each individually controlled and lit to provide an impressive display throughout the day and continuing into the evening.
During the day, almost irrespective of the temperature, children can be found running around the fountains making a splash, without the hassle of a swimming pool for you… just don’t forget a change of clothes!
Granary Square is mostly pedestrianised with very limited numbers of vehicles passing through. You can relax in the knowledge that London’s chaotic traffic is kept at arm’s length, while your children are free to play in the fountains.
While you’re there why not take a moment to update your social media or check your emails via the wi-fi network? King’s Cross provides its own free public wi-fi network via Haptic.
Sounds like an all-round pleaser, right?
Changing facilities and toilets are conveniently located nearby.
A short walk from Granary Square you will find Handyside Gardens, the first public garden to open at King’s Cross and a green route to the Northern part of the development.
Integrated seating has become part of the landscape at Handyside Gardens, allowing you to take a few moments to yourself or to enjoy lunch with a friend surrounded by greenery and a water rill. Meanwhile, the children can explore the play area which consists of swings, climbing labyrinth and a sand pit.
The park can also be utilised around the clock due to being lit on darker evenings.
There are four ping pong tables at Granary Building, The Crossing, available to everyone and free to use. While the equipment is provided you’ll still need to remember to bring your A-game!
All aboard the Hogwarts Express!
Platform 9 ¾ at King’s Cross Station is the perfect photo opportunity amongst young wizards in London. The trolley which can be seen disappearing into the bricks is available at all hours to capture your own photo or alternatively you can utilise the professional photographer who is around between 9am and 9pm daily.
Professional photos can be collected from the Harry Potter shop next door using a unique code where you may also be tempted to try Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans.
As part of the King’s Cross redevelopment several new open spaces have been introduced, mainly Lewis Cubbitt Park, an open green space enclosed by trees on the doorstop of our flagship, Fenman House.
The soft play equipment here, SNUG, encourages hand-on tactile play between young children as they use their imagination to build and piece together various soft shapes in the form of dens, tunnels and more! During the summer, SNUG is available between 10am – 4pm.
Toilets and baby changing facilities are also situated close by for convenience.
You will not want to skip this…
The Skip Garden Kitchen is a sustainable urban garden serving delicious food from a daily changing menu based on organic ingredients they’ve grown in-house – a perfect option for lunch, and healthy too!
Above all, this community garden is organised by Global Generation, a charity focused on a sustainable future by providing various opportunities for local young people. Over 1000 hands have contributed to the creation and maintenance of the Skip Garden, the young people have picked up invaluable life lessons along the way.
Don’t worry, if you want to pop in and look around they assure us that ‘no hard hat’s needed.’
Portland Brown are the only Corporate Housing provider within the redevelopment, so you can be sure to live like a true local.
Contact us today on +44 (0) 330 0240 101 for your first home in King’s Cross – Fenman House.