One of the most architecturally and historically significant areas of London; King’s Cross borders Bloomsbury to the south, Camden to the north, Regent’s Park to the west and Angel to the east.
Historically King’s Cross, and the wider Camden Borough, has been a major transportation hub, connecting London with the rest of the UK.
The area endured somewhat of a mixed reputation towards the end of the 20th century, synonymous with some of the darker aspects of London living.
The last ten years have seen a complete turnaround, transforming King’s Cross into one of the most desirable areas for many Londoners and overseas buyers to live.
The first major change was the arrival of the Eurostar in 2007 which coincided with the reported £200m refurbishment of St. Pancras Station.
The sudden propulsion of the area into becoming London’s gateway to continental Europe attracted some of London’s premier property developers and in 2007 Argent embarked upon their total regeneration of the area.
The project, which is due for completion around 2020, has seen the building of around 2000 new residential homes as well as the arrival of some of the world’s most renowned companies, including Google, Universal, Nike and many more.
Did you know?
- Kings Cross and St Pancras stations have been used as the backdrop to numerous films including Chaplin, Richard III and the 1955 comedy The Lady killers.
- Legend has it that Boudicca’s bones are buried under a platform at Kings Cross Station.
- The world famous Hogwarts Express from the popular Harry Potter books and films leaves from platform 9 ¾ at Kings Cross Station.
- The elaborate staircase at the Midland Grand Hotel was used in the Spice Girl’s first video Wannabe, and in the film Batman Begins.
- The Great Train Robbers Gordon Goody and Bruce Reynolds stole a train from Euston Station in 1936 to practise driving it!
- The Irish rock group The Pogues was founded in King's Cross
Architecture and Properties in King’s Cross:
King’s Cross has, at its’ heart, a strong base of period properties, mostly from the mid-19th century owing in the main to the enormous amount of industry with which the area is synonymous. As is often the case, many of these houses have been latterly converted into apartments but a number of roads still remain primarily as freehold houses, many of which have been listed in the last 30 years in an attempt to maintain the history of some of King’s Cross’ most beautiful streets.
As well as the period property which dominates much of the area immediately around the station, there has been a significant influx of new build property in the last twenty years, contributing to and as a result of, the increased popularity of the area.
The development surrounding Granary Square holds many of the most popular developments in the region, including The Plimsoll Building, ArtHouse, Tapestry and the incredibly exciting Gasholder Triplets which consists of three adjoining buildings, containing 144 luxury apartments, within the three formerly used and now refurbished Grade II listed, cast iron Gasholder Guide Frames.
Who lives in King's Cross?
Over the years King’s Cross has been home to a host of different residents, originally populated in the main by the thousands of workers occupying positions within the transport industry, then during the 1980’s relatively cheap rents and a central London location made the area attractive to artists and designers.
Since the arrival of the Eurostar, British Library and other major attractions King’s Cross has developed into an area that encourages residents from all walks of life. The arrival of Central St Martins University in recent years has also boosted the number of students, both domestic and international, that live in the area.
Where to eat
For Brunch: Caravan, Granger & Co
For quick bites and lunch: Kerb, Skip Garden Kitchen and The Greek Larder
For finer dining: The Gilbert Scott, Dishoom and The German Gymnasium
For al fresco: The Grain Store and Rotunda
For cocktails and gastro pub cuisine: The Lighterman, VOC Bar and Grill and The Booking Office Bar and Restaurant
Where to drink
For Coffee: Notes Coffee, Spiritland and Caravan
For Wine, Beers and Cocktails: The Lighterman, Vinoteca, Drake and Morgan and The Fellow
Underground: King’s Cross St Pancras (zone 1) is served by the Circle, Piccadilly, Hammersmith & City, Northern, Metropolitan and Victoria line making it the biggest interchange on the London Underground.
Overland: With two major rail termini – King’s Cross and St Pancras. Also Britain’s only high speed route High Speed 1 is located at St Pancras.
International Rail: St Pancras International is home to Eurostar which connects the UK to the continent by high speed rail.
Buses: King’s Cross has 14 different bus routes
Everyman Cinema, House of Illustrations, The Railway Children, Central Saint Martins
Nike, Waitrose, St Pancras Station shops, Coal Drops Yard (2018)
Parks and green spaces
Granary Square, The Skip Garden, Gasholder Park, Camley Street Natural Park, Lewis Cubitt Park, Lewis Cubitt Square
Schools and education
Schooling is excellent with a wide variety of exceptional schools in the area.
- King’s Cross Academy, The Frank Barnes School for Deaf Children
- Ofsted-rated outstanding St Mary and St Pancras Church of England Primary School, Christopher Hatton Primary
- UAL - Central Saint Martins,
- KCL - King's College London,
- SOAS - The School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London,
- UCL – The London School of Economics and Political Science.