Once known as one of London’s main industrial heartlands, this once shabby district is now one of the largest and most exciting redevelopments in London. And whilst it took some seriously good design to turn this formerly grim place around, it now stands as one of the hottest property tickets in London. Here’s everything you need to know about this vibrant new city quarter…
What’s Kings Cross like?
It might be best known for its bustling train stations linking London to other parts of the country, as well as the continent, – but Kings Cross is a fantastic destination in its own right. Over the past few hundred years, the area has been transformed from a graveyard of derelict warehouses into a shiny new shopping and eating destination, – complete with homes, cultural venues, shops, offices, galleries, bars, restaurants, schools, and even a university.
Kings Cross contains an eclectic mix of properties, making it a unique space architecturally. The gloss of new developments here sit quite comfortably within a framework of nicely renovated Industrial age buildings, their Victorian pride still very much intact. There are plenty of quirky design features here that you just wouldn’t find anywhere else.
The area offers an exciting arts and social scene, with residents and visitors afforded ample opportunity to relax and be entertained/educated. As well as being home to Google’s UK office and The Guardian, – there are eight galleries in the immediate vicinity, – as well as cultural hubs such as the British Library and Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design.
As well as enjoying fantastic transport connections (including the infamous Platform 9 3/4 of Harry Potter fame) residents are blessed with a pretty stretch of Regent’s Canal, a rich and varied heritage, a thriving business community and a strong local community too.
Shopping in Kings Cross
St Pancras International offers a complete shopping experience without the need to even venture outside. The brick arches of the beautifully restored station are jam packed with boutique retailers and high street brands. Residents here also have Coal Drops Yard, an incredible shopping district right at the heart of Kings Cross, in its unique setting by the canal.
Click here to see the listing of shops that are now open at King’s Cross.
Restaurants in Kings Cross
From alfresco terrace bars to industrial-chic rooftop terraces, there are a variety of dining experiences to be enjoyed in Kings Cross. Take a look at what’s on offer here.
There are 26 acres of open space in Kings Cross, so residents are spoiled for choice. There’s Handyside Gardens, Gasholder Park, The Skip Garden, Lewis Cubitt Square, Lewis Cubbit Park, Regent’s Canal and Camley Street Natural Park.
Is Kings Cross good for families?
As well as the open space on offer here, there is more than enough to amuse all of the family here, from toddlers to teenagers. Equally there are plenty of early Victorian and converted properties on offer for living in and an excellent selection of schools.
You can get more information on schools in Kings Cross here.
Sights and attractions in Kings Cross
Coal Drops Yard
Kings Cross, London N1C 4DQ.
This unique boutique and foodie hotspot, where Victorian heritage and contemporary architecture intertwine also has the draw of a canal-side setting and provides residents and visitors with a rich and varied shopping experience.
See Coal Drops Yard venue details
Searcys St Pancras
Grand Terrace, St Pancras International Station,
King’s Cross St. Pancras, London, N1C 4QL
Kings Cross is home to Europe’s longest champagne bar. Guests can enjoy views of the Eurostar train tracks across the glass and steel lattice roof of the station and take their pick from the impressive array of champagne and British sparkling wines on offer. Visitors can ‘press for champagne’ whilst relaxing beneath the Art Deco lamps.
See Searcys St Pancras venue details
The British Library
96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB
One of the world’s greatest libraries. As well as the books, there is an impressive events calendar packed with exhibitions and talks all year long. The Treasures Gallery is home to The Magna Carta, a Gutenberg Bible and lyrics by the Beatles.
See The British Library Venue Details
Platform 9 3/4
Pancras Road, London N1 9AP, UK
Whilst boarding the Hogwarts Express from King’s Cross Station sadly isn’t possible, you can visit Platform 9 3/4 for a photo if you join the long line of Muggles.
See what’s available here
How much does it cost?
Get the latest Kings Cross property market details here.
Kings Cross is within the N1C postcode
Travel in Kings Cross
There really isn’t anywhere better connected in London. Six underground lines link with two national mainline rail stations. It’s great for cyclists too, having been awarded Club Peloton baton as the UK’s most cycle friendly development!
Get everything you need to know about getting to and around Kings Cross here
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