King's Cross Area Guide
Rapid regeneration since the 1990s has made King’s Cross one of the most sought after office space locations in London. The area has superb transport links, as it is serviced by two mainline stations –King’s Cross and St. Pancras – along with a dedicated tube station that has more line links than any other on the Underground network. In terms of mobility, it is one of the most accessible places in London.
The area is home to many top London landmarks, and developers are increasingly turning to King’s Cross when relocating services. Programmes of regeneration are expected to continue into the second decade of the 21st century, due in part to the opening of High Speed 1, a system of rapid rail transit that links London to the English end of the Channel Tunnel.
Regeneration is also ongoing to further increase the viability of King’s Cross as a business centre. King’s Place, which provides music and visual arts venues as well as seven floors of office space, was opened in 2008 and now houses The Guardian newspaper. Billions of pounds are also being invested in King’s Cross Central, a mix-use property development spread over 65 acres.
Now is a great time to relocate to King’s Cross. Take advantage of the area’s unsurpassed transport links, its cultural heritage and its ongoing regeneration as it becomes an even more sought after location for office space in London.
What companies does King’s Cross suit?
Situated close to the publishing centres of Clerkenwell, King’s Cross would suit a similarly-minded industry that needs proximity to Clerkenwell but requires unsurpassed mobility around London and can therefore take advantage of the dedicated transport links.
Less than one and a quarter miles from central London, King’s Cross is also ideal for companies who require geographic closeness to the inner City but without paying the premium associated with centrally located office space. If your company has links to the financial sectors, Bank is only 10 minutes away.
King’s Cross St. Pancras tube station is linked to the Hammersmith & City, Circle, Metropolitan, Northern, Piccadilly and Victoria lines, providing rapid mobile transport to the entire underground network.
Liverpool Street: 10 minutes
Waterloo: 24 minutes
Canary Wharf: 39 minutes
Bank: 10 minutes
In addition the mainline stations of St Pancras and King’s Cross link the area to much of the country with regularly scheduled services, including the South, North and North East. St Pancras is also the London hub for the Eurostar high speed train, providing workers in King’s Cross with easy access to the continent and beyond.
Being positioned as a major transport and cultural hub has its advantages for King’s Cross, as it houses an array of independent and chain eating establishments suitable for lunch, dinner and fine dining. Authentic and reasonably priced Vietnamese cuisine can be sampled at Pho (126 King's Cross Road, WC1X 9DS), whilst a quick and succulent Chinese takeaway, that magically escapes an inflated London mark-up, can be found at Yum Yum Takeaway (48 Caledonian Road, London N1 9DP). Rasa Maricham (1 King's Cross Road, London, WC1X 9HX) is an Indian chain restaurant that retains its individuality, and is particularly well known for its starters.
Sandwich shops and chain lunch establishments are in abundance around King’s Cross, mostly to catch busy travellers, but are great for grabbing a quick bite to eat around lunchtime.
King’s Cross also benefits from a vibrant pub scene and nightlife, many of which have unique selling points hoping to catch free-roaming clubbers. The Cross Kings (126 York Way, Islington, London N1 0AX) is an alternative pub, with a subdued basement that plays host to regular live music events. The staff are friendly, engaging and the sofas are especially comfortable.
Bars are equally diverse. Situated a few hundred metres from the train station, 6 St Chad’s Place (6 St Chad's Place, King's Cross, London, WC1X 9HH) is housed in an old mechanic’s workshop, and serves up a variety of Mediterranean-themed food alongside a healthy menu of cocktails, beers and wine.
After hours, check out Club Surya (156 Pentonville Road, London, N1 9JL), the world’s first ecological club. The furniture is recycled, the plasmas are solar powered, and the sound system is wind powered. The only thing that’s electric is the atmosphere, which retains the feel of a high-octane venue despite the club’s humble energy requirements.
The British Library
96 Euston Road, London, NW1 2DB
As a legal deposit library, the British library receives a copy of every book published in the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland. With a collection of over 150 million items, there are few places in the World that can claim to match the library’s sheer expanse of knowledge and intrigue. Many rare items are frequently exhibited, such as the Gutenberg bible.uf
London Canal Museum
12/13 New Wharf Road, London N1 9RT
Documenting hundreds of years of Britain’s waterways, the London Canal Museum showcases the history of London’s canals, the people who worked on them, the cargoes carried, and much more. Star exhibits include a huge Victorian ice well that was used to store ice imported from Norway and brought over by ship.