Kings Cross Area Guide

The ongoing regeneration has transformed King’s Cross into an energised transport and cultural hub, offering a lively and stylish lifestyle.

King’s Cross St Pancras and the extensive links it offers across the country, together with the Eurostar connecting you to Brussels, Paris and beyond, make it an ideal location.  You will find a wealth of Victorian architecture against a more modern landscape, you can even access stretches of the Regent’s Canal as well as take advantage of 26 acres of new parks, squares and open space.

In the heart of King’s Cross you will find Granary Square, where a spectacle of 1000 fountains takes centre stage, it’s the perfect place to unwind as well as enjoy a bite to eat with family and friends.  It is also home to Central Saint Martins, the world famous art school.  We would recommend that you visit at lunchtime between Wednesday and Friday so you can take advantage of KERB and sample some of London’s finest street food.

Just off the square is Coal Drops Yard, easily identifiable by the cobbled streets and brick arches, here you will find a surprising collection of emerging brands, well-known stores and an abundance of cafes, bars and restaurants.  As a resident of King’s Cross you can enjoy a wealth of rich and exciting places to dine; for brunch you have to try Morty & Bob’s grilled cheese sandwich, it is something else.  For an authentic taste of Spain, Barrafina is a must – watch the chefs at work as they produce delicious regional dishes.

To see a wonderful programme of live music, including many well-known artists, you need to check out Scala. You should also take a trip to King’s Place; this multi-arts venue offers a glorious mix of entertainment from festivals, to jazz to the spoken word.  The London Canal Museum celebrates the importance of canals to London’s heritage, see inside a narrowboat cabin and also down the massive Victorian ice well.  With a collection of over 170 million items, the British Library is one of the treasures of King’s Cross and one of the world’s biggest libraries.

Are you looking to live in an exciting area that continues to evolve and attract new business?

Why not browse our collection of properties in Kings Cross?

Kings Cross Area Guide

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History and Development

The history of Kings Cross goes a long way back. It has been around since AD60. It used to be the kind of area that you would associate with decline and criminal activity and was mainly known for the major train station rather than being somewhere to live. However, the good news for Kings Cross estate agents and people who are looking for Kings Cross property is that there have been some major cash injections into this area of London over the years. These days, estate agents in Kings Cross can help you find your perfect property in an up-and-coming area that offers a lot to do and some of the best transport links in London. Kings Cross is no longer filled with empty, derelict warehouses and shady corners – it’s an attractive, desirable area of London and the main hub for transport around the city, throughout the UK and even abroad.

Kings Cross is located in the centre of Camden and Fitzrovia, in the north of London. It is easy to reach from the centre of London and Regents Park. Development on the area began in the 1980s, and this is now coming to an end – although further developments are planned by landowners and property developers as the residential and commercial parts of Kings Cross continue to grow and thrive, joining its better-known residential neighbours of Camden, Islington and Barnsbury and becoming one of the most sought-after destinations in the capital.

Things to Do

As a Kings Cross estate agent, we recommend this area of London for anybody who wants the opportunity to travel. Being in Kings Cross offers an excellent opportunity to travel around anywhere in the city, across the UK, or even abroad thanks to the close proximity to Kings Cross St Pancras station. The excellent transport links on offer here mean that you don’t need to stay in the area to find new things to do; however, for those who want to stay close to home, Kings Cross does offer lots of places to go, things to do and things to see. The KERB food market is one of the most popular things to do in the area, with lots of visitors throughout the summer from Wednesdays to Fridays. Street food is a huge trend in Kings Cross, and this is an ideal activity to get involved with if you love trying food from a wide range of different cuisines. Kings Cross is also home to the British Library, Camley Street National Park, and of course, the famous Harry Potter 9 and ¾ platform and gift shop at the station.

Schools

If you are considering moving to Kings Cross with family, then the type of schools on offer in the area will be a major factor to consider. There are several schools in the area that have been rated good by Ofsted, along with the St Mary & St Pancras C of E Primary School on Werrington Street which has been rated outstanding. Several comprehensive state schools can be found in the area including the City of London Academy Islington, Regent High, The Camden School for Girls, and the Elizabeth Garret Anderson School for Girls. If you are looking for a private education for your children, you can also find a range of excellent private schools in the Kings Cross Area including North Bridge House on Gloucester Avenue, Queen’s College on Harley Street, and The Gower School on Cynthia Street.

Transport

When it comes to getting around, Kings Cross is by far the best place to be in London. Whether you want to travel to the City of London, go to Brighton for the day, head up north to Scotland or take a weekend break in Paris or Amsterdam, you have everything you need to get to your destination right from Kings Cross. Kings Cross St Pancras station is served by six lines that allow you to get to various places directly, or easily connect to get to wherever you need to be. You can be in Central London in less than ten minutes, making it an ideal location for commuters. Along with excellent connections around London, you can also find various connections throughout the country with direct trains to Cornwall, The Midlands, and even Scotland available. For those who travel internationally a lot, you’re on the doorstep on the Eurostar, which you can use to get quickly to various European locations. The nearby Euston station offers even further options including trains to Manchester, Yorkshire and more.

Employment Opportunities

The development of the Kings Cross area has seriously boosted the economy in the area. It has supported thousands of new jobs and added millions to the economy not only in London but the UK as a whole each year. Various studies have been conducted on the development in Kings Cross with mostly positive results. There are various jobs now available in several different industries including construction, retail, hospitality, and transport as some of the most popular. The excellent transport links into London make this an ideal choice of location for people who are working in various roles across the city, with commuting easier than ever from the major transport hub.

Nightlife

With endless transport connections right on the doorstep and Euston just down the road offering even more, nightlife lovers will enjoy living in Kings Cross as getting to your favourite party spots around the city has never been easier; you can be almost anywhere you like in London in just a few minutes. And Kings Cross itself is home to various great venues where you can relax and have some fun after a long day at work. On Pentonville Road, Scala is a hugely popular, multi-purpose venue spread across four floors. There are also some great traditional pubs in the area for those who prefer a quieter experience, including The Boot on Cromer Street and the Railway Hotel, where you can grab a pint in a traditional, friendly atmosphere.

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