Kings Cross

From seedy to spiffy, this train-station neighborhood is steadily gaining steam.

Although King’s Cross garnered less than glowing reviews in the past, it’s steadily shedding its seedy reputation and becoming a burgeoning artist enclave. Affordable (for London) rents and a central city location increasingly attract investment in King’s Cross—its array of dining options and theatre spaces continues to grow. If performances don’t pique your interest, consider the neighborhood’s literary appeal—Harry Potter boarded his Hogwart’s bound train from platform 9 ¾ in King’s Cross station.

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On the Map

Kings Cross is bordered by St. Pancras, Camden Town, Somers Town, Bloomsbury, Islington, LB of Islington, and LB of Camden

  • Public transit is Easy
  • Having a car is Difficult

The London Eye: 20 minutes on the tube
The Tower of London: 15 minutes on the tube
Heathrow Airport: 60 minutes on the tube
Gatwick Airport: 45 minutes by tube and train
National Gallery: 11 minutes on the tube

From Post-Industrial to Artistically-Inclined

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The end of WWII marked the beginning of fierce decline in King's Cross. Life seemed to leave this bastion of brick and mortar.

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Steadily emerging from its post-industrial past, King's Cross now witnesses frequent new development.

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Once-industrial warehouses are reimagined into artist-friendly live-work spaces along Regent's Canal, helping King's Cross to slowly shed its seedy reputation.

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Life has revived in the neighborhood.

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Shops and pubs are beginning to stake their claim in King's Cross.

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Soon, attaining a King's Cross address might be a popular pursuit.

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In this neighborhood, many focus on seeing old spaces in new ways.

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Repurposed facades and walls adorned with prominent street art infuse the neighborhood with fresh energy.

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Pixel
We would definitely recommend this [neighborhood] to anyone who wants to be centrally located and use the flat as a base to enjoy this vibrant city and all it has to offer."

Heather

Visited in 2012

King's Cross: A Transit Core

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King's Cross' trains and tubes whisk passengers away in a timely manner. Catch the Eurostar train to Paris and arrive at The City of Light in nearly two hours' time.

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Arriving to London by train?

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You'll most likely be passing through St. Pancras or King's Cross station.

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Welcome.

Pixel
There are lots of shops in St Pancras Station and the best grocery store nearby is Waitrose in the Brunswick Centre. There is more public transport within 100m than almost anywhere else on the planet (buses, metro, rail)."

Photography

Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighborhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:

Rebecca Duke has been working as a photographer for the last decade, after attending Central St Martin’s in London. Her work focuses on people, interiors and travel and has been published in The Sunday Times, Elle Decor and Conde Nast Traveller. Rebecca travels frequently for her work but loved working in her hometown of London for this project. London’s friendliness about this work took this ‘true Londoner’ by surprise.

Rebecca Duke

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