From tonight, it’s well worth a chilly trip to Granary Square to see the Christmas tree. And, located in Europe’s largest regeneration site, this ain’t no ordinary Norwegian spruce neither.
King’s Cross Filling Station has decided to project a huge laser tree across the canal onto the historic Midlands Goods Shed, directly opposite. On a sneak preview last night it looked lovely, twinkling in the reflection of the water while we enjoyed warming boozy hot chocolate from the outdoor terrace at Shrimpy’s.
Then, on the hour, a random 90s club anthem strikes up and the tree goes into ‘rave mode’: a visual explosion of colour, giant flashing baubles and hazy memories of jumping around to Gat Décor’s Passion just over the way with 6000 other grinning loons in the Bagleys heyday.
We’re big fans of celebrating the area’s historic nightclub past as much as its more obvious, industrial heritage too, so this tree is right up our restored, cobbled street.
Watching the lasers do their thing while sitting wrapped in an alpaca ponco on the site of Goods Way’s legendary pre/post rave petrol station, it certainly feels like times have changed. But since the development of King’s Cross has continued to be so exciting in 2013, the overriding feeling is of celebration. The city’s infrastructure may rise and fall and rise again, but house music is a feeling.
King’s Cross Laser Christmas Tree is open every night until 23rd December from 5pm – 10pm. Granary Square, N1c. More info here