King’s Cross is not exactly known for its green spaces and wildlife spotting opportunities. But hidden away down a side street behind the station is Camley Street Natural Park – a wild oasis at the heart of the urban jungle that is Granary Square.
It’s a great spot for some peaceful reflection and to get away from the craziness of the big smoke for a few hours. It’s also great for wildlife lovers – butterflies, honey bees, swans, moorhens, kingfishers and the occasional spotted hipster can be found here. And yes, you might even see terrapins.
If all that bird spotting is making you a bit peckish (ahem), then there’s the veggie Wildwood cafe open during weekends. This little gem has top environmental credentials – it’s powered on renewable energy made from your food waste.
Camley Street is run by London Wildlife Trust – a charity dedicated to preserving the capital’s wild spaces and biodiversity. The park is just one of 35 reserves they manage across Greater London.
If you want to donate, volunteer or find out about the great events and projects the Trust is running over the summer, check out their website.