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From lazy sunny days that go on forever to thunderstorms and apocalyptic rain, we’ve discovered the best that King’s Cross has to offer this summer – no matter what the great British weather throws at us. So if you’re renting an exclusive apartment in King’s Cross, you’ll never be bored.
Visit the outdoor cinema
Make the most of the long summer evenings by watching a movie alfresco. Everyman’s free annual open-air film festival takes place every day and evening until 6 August on Granary Square’s canal side steps. Screenings include a host of family favourites (Moana, Sing 2, Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical) and cult classics (The Goonies, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Jaws). If racket sports are more your thing, pack a picnic and catch all the drama from Wimbledon as it happens. Screenings are un-ticketed so get there early to nab a good spot.
Shop for vegan treats
Once a month, King’s Cross’ popular Canopy Market goes plant-based, with specialist vegan stallholders selling the finest candles, skincare and food. Stock up on cruelty-free gifts and tempting treats from vegan cheese and chocolate to sushi rolls and kimchi. Head to the West Handyside Canopy from 12-8pm Friday and Saturday, and 11am – 6pm Sunday on selected dates.
The next vegan market is on 14-16 July.
Enjoy free live music
The start of summer in the UK signals festival season. But if the idea of portaloos, camping and warm beer has you running for the hills, get your live music fix right here in King’s Cross, just a stone’s throw from Enclave’s premium rental apartments. The 12-day Summer Sounds free music festival features diverse performances from classical, folk, jazz and experimental musicians, as well as interactive dance workshops and sensory experiences.
Coal Drops Yard, 6.30-8.30pm 9-20 August and 1-6pm on ‘family Sundays’.
Everyman's open air film festival on the river.
King's Cross Canopy Market.
Try life drawing with a difference
Get in touch with your creative side with a Neon Naked Life Drawing class at London’s laid back party bar The Big Chill. Forget charcoals and awkward silences, this unique experience encourages artists to use neon pastels and highlighters to capture the models in all their colourful glory. No experience is needed and all art supplies are provided. So check your modesty at the door and enjoy an unforgettable afternoon of creativity and fun.
16 July and 6 August at The Big Chill, King’s Cross. Get tickets here.
Get on your bike
Feeling inspired by this year’s Tour de France? Then head to King’s Cross for a weekend dedicated to cycling. The VIA Criterium, organised by the VIA cycling showroom on Stable Street, promises a packed weekend of events celebrating the two-wheeled variety. There will be a programme of races for juniors, elites and Brompton riders on Saturday 22 July alongside various demonstrations and children’s areas. On Sunday 23 enjoy city tours, workshops and community rides.
Have a laugh
Take advantage of having one of London’s best gig venues on your doorstep and head to Lafayette for some stand-up comedy or live music. There’s a great calendar of events on throughout the summer; catch satirist Mitch Benn and rising comedy star Njambi McGrath, or get up and move to Deerhoof’s experimental rock or American singer-songwriter Margo Price.
Explore the outdoors
Looking for a way to keep the kids entertained over the holidays? Learn about the many plants, insects and animals that make King’s Cross their home with a free Go Wild trail, inspired by artist Lucy Orta’s Lost Species project. Answer the puzzles and follow the map to pick up a surprise treat at the end. Or get outside and explore the many parks and green spaces of King’s Cross, from Camley Street Natural Park and nature reserve to Bagley Walk, an old railway viaduct transformed into an elevated park.
Pick up a trail map at the Visitor Centre on Stable Street.
Camley Street Natural Park is an ideal spot for outdoor exploring
Get in shape
Start the day right with a series of morning outdoor exercise classes on the canal side steps, organised by King’s Cross gym studios FRAME – because there’s nothing like fresh air and sunshine to make you feel motivated. Choose from 7.15am breakfast yoga on a Friday morning, a Beyonce Barre class, complete with a soundtrack of the Queen of Pop’s best hits, or a series of special one-off classes in collaboration with Everyman’s evening screenings.
Be inspired by art
Don’t miss the chance to see one of the UK’s best loved artists’ latest exhibition; David Hockney’s Bigger and Closer (not smaller & further away). Hockney uses large-scale projection of his own paintings and revolutionary sound to enable visitors to experience the world through his eyes. ‘A fresh triumph’ (The Telegraph) or ‘Passionless kitsch’ (The Guardian)? This hour-long immersive show may have divided critics, but whether you love it or hate it, it’s certain to leave an impression.
The Lightroom until 1 October. Book tickets.
Challenge your friends to an afternoon of boules – or pétanque – Frances’s favourite garden game. Pick up a set for free from the visitor centre and while away an afternoon on one of the four sandy pitches in Lewis Cubitt Square. Or if you fancy something more cerebral, head to Granary Square every Wednesday from 6.30pm for a game of outdoor chess. Four Corner Club’s meet-ups are an antidote to intimidating gatherings, so expect good music, a relaxed atmosphere and players of all abilities.
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Looking for an apartment to rent in King’s Cross? Enclave offers exclusive one, two and three bedroom apartments with access to stunning resident amenities, including meeting rooms, a conference room, private dining room, Penthouse Sky Lounge with panoramic terrace and a brand new gym and pet wash coming this summer. Click here for more information and to book a viewing.