Guests at our King’s Cross b&b will be treated to a fantastic range of King’s Cross events in March, with plenty themed around Easter towards the end of the month.
A fantastic family performance
Wander up to King’s Cross Station for a fantastic performance of children’s classic, the Railway Children. Being performed at a purpose-built theatre at the railway station with its own railway tracks, this play includes a genuine museum piece; the 60 tonne steam engine!
Children will love the lively performance with plenty of special effects, noise and the ability to really absorb themselves in the physical spectacle. Adult tickets start from £19 and family tickets are available.
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Railway Children website
A small film marathon for nostalgia buffs
Head to the V&A Museum of childhood with little ones in tow for the Easter Weekend Small Films Marathon – a completely free family event. You’ll enjoy screenings of cartoon classics such as Bagpuss, Ivor the Engine, the Clangers and Noggin the Nog, before circulating around the fascinating exhibition which will take you around the classic’s sets, with photos, storyboards and more.
This is a must for families when the weather proves to be less than superb, or when the effects of all that chocolate start to kick in. Take the Circle or Metropolitan line from King’s Cross through to Bethnal Green; the journey will take around 23 minutes.
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V&A Museum website
A little outdoor swimming?
Head to King’s Cross Pool Club if the weather is fine – or at least bearable – for a little outdoor swimming in the heart of the city. The new art-based installation is also a natural swimming pool in its own right and in the middle of a development site. It is also the first freshwater public pool of its kind in the UK, and has now got a wood-fired sauna alongside the pool to help swimmers warm up again.
Tickets are available throughout the day and a peak swim pass starts from just £3.50, with discounted rates for off-peak and for those who want to visit the spectacle of the pond without actually having to get in.
King’s Cross Pond Club website
A new urban garden
Handyside Gardens are also just a short stroll away from The California. This outdoor space is Kings Cross’s first public garden. Designed by landscape gardeners, the outdoor space provides a fresh green route between the north of King’s Cross, Regent’s Canal and Granary Square.
You’ll enjoy plenty of seats, beautiful raised beds, spring flowers, a kid’s play area and plenty more. One unusual feature of the garden is that it incorporates railway tunnels and an old train shed, which is being restored into a thing of beauty.
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A pop-up art installation to inspire
Whilst you’re near Granary Square, wander over to see an exciting new animated installation, Crossing Time. Created by Paddy Molloy under the commission of the nearby House of Illustration, this interactive artwork comes to live as dusk falls. The structure is loaded with dramatic icons and images, inspired by the images and history of the area, and with motion sensors triggering different sequences as guests interact.
If you have young guests with you, it’s also well worth heading down to the House of Illustration itself to find fantastic illustration and animation workshops running throughout the Easter Holidays. There’s also a great exhibition covering the world of Japanese girl’s comics during March. Family tickets are £19.80 and the gallery is very close to King’s Cross.
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House of Illustration website
A lesser known art gallery
If the weather is fine, then why not enjoy a stroll down to the Courtauld Art Gallery on the Strand. This is home to a world famous collection of impressionist and post-impressionist pieces, and a superb architectural space in its own right. Unlike the National Art Gallery and some of the bigger museums and galleries in London, the Courtauld tends to be a little quieter, with an amazing bright interior thanks to large glass windows.
There is a Botticelli and Treasures from the Hamilton Collection exhibition on during March which has been given 5 stars by leading critics. Adult tickets cost £9.50 each, and you’ll find a shop and cafe on site, plus regular guided talks and tours. Visit the website to find out about other specific March events at the venue, and don’t forget to enjoy a walk around the courtyard afterwards.
Courtauld Art Gallery website
Get a bird’s eye view
If you can face the crowds, then the London Eye is a must-see attraction for couples, families and groups, and it’s an easy journey by train. Catch the Victoria then Bakerloo line to the London Eye, close to London Waterloo Station. It will take about 24 minutes.
The champagne experience is lovely if you are travelling with adults and want something a little special; for just under £30 per person, you’ll have a relaxing glass of fizz to enjoy as you undertake a leisurely circuit on the eye with an informed guide. Alternatively, pay £50 and enjoy 5 different glasses of champagne during two half hour rotations! Just be prepared to focus your eyes a little as you wobble off at the end!
For food in King’s Cross, some of our favourite destinations – especially with groups or families – are Granger & Co; a great fusion Australian restaurant on Pancras Square, and Dishoom which sells delicious Indian food in Granary Square. Grain Store is always popular with its long trestle tables and comprehensive vegetarian menu and the new German Gymnasium is the perfect destination for a quiet couple’s meal with an appealing interior and cocktail bar.
It’s also well worth exploring the side streets around King’s Cross as you’ll be amazed at all of the independent cafes, delis and restaurants you’ll find, not to mention excellent street food. You’ll never go hungry in this bustling, fun-packed part of London, and the great news is that you’ll only ever be a lazy stroll away from your comfortable accommodation at The California when you’re ready to return and relax.
Photo credit: Chris Allen
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