Once notorious for its red light district, Kings Cross has now successfully reinvented itself into a cultural and artistic hub with some of the best transport links the capital has to offer.
Kings Cross was named in honour of King George IV who reigned between 1820 and 1830. The area has, however, been tainted with a far from regal reputation – once seeped in prostitution, drug abuse and homelessness, with some distinctly unsavoury parts still remaining around the station.
Thankfully, in recent years the area has undergone considerable rejuvenation, with the Kings Cross development programme established in order to stimulate the transformation and regeneration of the entire area. Now boasting an array of cultural establishments, including the London Canal Museum, The Gagosian Gallery, The London Sinfonietta and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the area has been further enhanced by a substantial increase in business activity and a number of esteemed hotels, restaurants and residential accommodation.
Perhaps most importantly, Kings Cross is exceptionally well connected, thanks to its numerous rail links and the recently opened St Pancreas International station. As well as high speed Eurostar links to France and Belgium, this exciting new venue boasts a diverse range of facilities such as top quality retail stores, Europe’s longest Champagne bar and a soon-to-be-opened farmers market. Its railway station is also famous for kid’s favourite, Harry Potter, whose train to Hogwarts left from fictional platform ‘9 ¾’ – now a tourist attraction in its own right.
Other places of interest include St Pancras Chambers, commonly used for film shoots with its elaborate interior and Gothic façade, as well as the epic British Library, with its sweeping courtyard and serene interior. Also nearby is Camley Street Natural Park, offering an unexpected two-acre oasis of waters and woodland amongst its urban surroundings.
Kings Cross also boasts some lively nightlife – at its heart is the York Way Goods Depot which has been developed into a buzzing night time spot complete with three all-night venues, as well as a wealth of bars, theatres and live music.
Along with a plethora of modern apartments and developments now on offer, Kings Cross’ unparalleled central location and transport links have made it an extremely desirable area of London to live.