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Home to King’s Cross and St Pancras International train stations, Harry Potter’s Platform 9¾ and the trendy Coal Drops Yard shopping area, King’s Cross is becoming one of London’s most well-loved areas. Get exploring with our round-up of the 12 most entertaining things to see and do in this North London borough.
A stroll along Regent’s Canal, a 13.8-kilometre (8.6mi) waterway winding through the heart of King’s Cross, is one of our favourite London walks. Start off at Granary Square and head down the astroturfed stairs to the towpath, along which you can walk to ZSL London Zoo, Primrose Hill and Little Venice. We recommend heading west past charming narrowboats and the Camley Street Natural Park urban nature reserve towards Camden market, to end up at Regent’s Park.
Floating on Regent’s Canal is our favourite London bookshop, the Word on the Water. Selling everything from classics to contemporary literature, the 1920s Dutch barge-cum-bookstore permanently moored on Granary Square hosts poetry slams and live music on its roof stage.
Advertised as “the free destination for the incurably curious”, the Wellcome Collection’s quirky range of exhibits is a testament to its founder Sir Henry Wellcome and his enthusiasm for travel. Enjoy the museum’s wide programme of events, from drop-in workshops and activities to its permanent displays on science and medicine.
Additional reporting by Nicholas Grantham.