For Lorena’s futuristic glide through the pedestrian tunnel at King’s Cross, a crepe de chine dress by Marco de Vincenzo was paired with perforated, indigo-blue tights. The sky blue, faded scarlet, canary yellow, light brown and lavender stripes made for an eclectic look. But with this unusually warm Indian summer, Lorena was pleased she had brought her Tommy Hilfiger floral two-piece bikini for a late summer dip in the King’s Cross Pond Club. “The lilies are so beautiful,” she thought, gliding through the water. So refreshing.
As you make your way from King’s Cross or St Pancras Station, you are met with a pedestrian tunnel that will take you out of the grey world of the underground and into a multicoloured, visual experience. Opened in the summer of 2014, this 90m tunnel with an integrated lightwall was developed by design practice Speirs + Major. Once you’ve made your way through the tunnel, a short walk across the canal, around the dancing fountains and alongside Central Saint Martins, it’s a surprise to find Of Soil and Water: King’s Cross Pond Club, the UK’s first-ever man-made freshwater bathing pond. Part art installation, part swimming basin, the 40m pond is open year-round — though we imagine it can get quite nippy in the winter months! Through a closed-loop process, the pond is purified naturally by using the submerged water plants for filtration, and the surrounding wild flowers to set the scene: an oasis in the middle of an urban jungle.
The King’s Cross Tunnel’s entrance is located in the northeast corner of the One Pancras Square Building.
The King’s Cross Pond Club is located at 20 Canal Reach, N1C 4BE.