Your Guide to London Kings Cross
Where is Kings Cross?
Most people think Kings Cross is just a train station in London, but it’s actually an entire inner city district of North Central London! Spanning the boroughs of Camden and Islington, Kings Cross is just outside the congestion zone in tube zone 1, surrounded by places like Camden Town, Islington, Holloway and Bloomsbury. Kings Cross is home to 3 major train stations - Kings Cross, Euston and the beautiful St Pancras. You’ll also find London’s largest tube station, Kings Cross St Pancras here making it a great base for your stay in London.
History of Kings Cross
Kings Cross sits on the site of the ancient village of Battle Bridge. Its current name can be attributed to a hugely unpopular 60ft cross memorial to King George IV that was erected in 1835, where Kings Cross Train Station now stands. Throughout the industrial revolution both Kings Cross and St Pancras train stations were built to transport goods across Britain, making Kings Cross an incredibly busy yet poor industrial district. It fell into rack and ruin after World War II, and quickly gained a reputation as a rundown area to avoid during the 1980’s.
Thanks to an influx of artists, government funding for massive regeneration projects like Kings Cross Central, and the new Channel Tunnel Rail Link at St Pancras Train Station, Kings Cross is quickly re-establishing itself as one of the most important transportation hubs in London. As cultural establishments like the British Library and the Gagosian Art Gallery have also moved into the area, Kings Cross is fast becoming a popular tourist destination too!
The Positives of Kings Cross
There’s an aura of change in Kings Cross that make it an exciting and interesting place for you to visit. In amongst the train stations and chaos of regeneration you will find plenty of interesting museums, art galleries, tourist attractions and peaceful parks. You’ll also find it really easy to get around London from here as Kings Cross is home to Kings Cross St Pancras and Euston tube stations. You can explore the east coast of Great Britain from Kings Cross Train Station, the west coast from Euston Station, and travel across the Midlands from St Pancras. As High Speed 1, the Channel Tunnel Rail Link has recently be relocated to this station, you can even go to places like Brussels and Paris.
Need to Know Kings Cross
As with any inner city district you’ll ever encounter, Kings Cross has had a bad reputation in the past for drugs, prostitution and homelessness. However, now the area is undergoing complete transformation and much greater focus is being placed on making Kings Cross a safe place, times are changing fast. Thanks to affordable housing and accommodation, young families and tourists are flocking into the area. This is a truly exciting time for Kings Cross and one that you should experience!