Why Live In… Kings Cross?
May 8, 2012
Continuing our Why Live In… series, we turn to Kings Cross
Where: King’s Cross is divided between two London boroughs; Camden and Islington.
Transport: One of the best transport hubs in the country. The underground station is on the Metropolitan, Hammersmith & City, Circle, Northern, Victoria and Piccadilly lines and a wealth of bus routes serve the area. National Rail services can take you as far as Inverness on the East Coast route, and First Capital Connect, First Hull Trains and Grand Central also operate from the station. International services on the Eurostar to France and Belgium depart from St Pancras International. A fast service to Hogwarts also departs from Platform 93⁄4.
Why: King’s Cross has undergone extensive regeneration in recent years, so excellent transport links and a central location has made it a popular residential area. There are plenty of independent bars, restaurants and shops alongside the high street names that can be found within the station concourse. Camley Street Natural Park is located in the area, near to Regent’s Canal, providing open space when you need some quiet time.
Food and Drink: Camino serves excellent Spanish food and Bar Pepito (from the same people as Camino) are Sherry specialists; both are well worth a visit. The Driver is a gastropub, with numerous floors designed in a different way and service extremely good food. For atmosphere, the bar and restaurant at The Gilbert Scott cannot be beaten. Itadaki Zen is an organic and vegan Japanese restaurant; there is something for everyone in the area.
Entertainment: It might not qualify as ‘entertainment’ per se, but the British Library needs no introduction and is located in the area. The Canal Museum is one of London’s most unusual museums. Scala is a live music, club and arts venue. Kings Place is a ‘hub for music, art, dialogue and food’.
Developments: We manage a number of properties in and around King’s Cross, predominantly in the King’s Quarter development.