Kings Cross

King’s Cross has incredible historical architecture and has recently undergone a huge transformation into a vibrant, mixed community of culture and community spaces.

History

King’s Cross is steeped in history but in recent times it‘s most famous for being the railway station where Harry Potter boards for Hogwarts on Platform 9 3/4. It's also home to Scala which has been open since the sixties and seen world famous artists like Bob Dylan perform.

Going out and about

King‘s Cross is packed with places to shop, eat, drink and explore. Nearby there's the beautiful Brunswick Shopping Centre in Russell Square with well known names like French Connection and Hobbs. There are beautiful walks down Regent's Canal and green spaces like Camley Street Natural Park and Handyside Gardens to relax in.

You can eat in renowned restaurants and bars like Dishoom for a taste of Bombay, Big Chill for roof terrace cocktails or Searcy's Champagne Bar in St Pancras International. There are also little gems like tea specialists Yumchaa or Skip Garden Kitchen which serves up homegrown food.

What's going on

There's a thriving music scene in King’s Cross with music venues like Scala and The Water Rats, which have seen bands from Rihanna to Foo Fighters. There's also a lot of culture and sophistication to be had at the Renoir Cinema, the King‘s Cross Theatre and the British Library.

There are two concert halls where you can hear classical music or you can visit the Gagosian Gallery for a taste of the current art scene.

Property

There is a lot of commercial property as well as housing being developed in and around King’s Cross. People who rent here are typically young professionals, couples and students. Studio flats and one bedroom properties to rent start at around £975 a month and average at £1,400 to £2200 a month for a one- or two- bed flat. Luxury two-bed apartments in the centre can go up to £6500 a month.

If you're buying property, studio flats a little further out from King‘s Cross, in places such as Caledonian Road, start at £270,000 and average at around £495,000 the further towards King’s‘ Cross you get. For larger and more spacious properties with more than one bedroom the prices go up from £875,000 to £1,500,000.

Schools

There are many schools surrounding King’s Cross including the "Outstanding" St Mary and St Pancras Church of England Primary School and Elizabeth Garrett Anderson secondary school, which was visited by US First Lady Michelle Obama in 2009. Central Saint Martins is also located in this area, which adds to the burgeoning arts scene.

Transport

King's Cross St Pancras connects you to six Underground lines, two national mainline train stations and the international high speed rail north of London. There are direct services to Heathrow and St Pancras International is right next door, connecting you to cities all over Europe. It's known as 'the best connected transport hub in London and the UK'.

Euston Station is only a five minute walk away, there are many bus routes to choose from and there's even a planned 800 space bike interchange. If the proposed plans for the CrossRail 2 come in, Euston St Pancras will be at the centre of the route, giving even quicker journey times to key stations.

Council tax

King‘s Cross sits between the London Borough of Camden and Islington, depending on which part of it you live in. Council tax rates are as follows:

Islington

Band ABand BBand CBand DBand EBand FBand GBand H
£850.67 £992.45 £1,134.23 £1,276.01 £1,559.57 £1,843.12 £2,126.69 £2,552.02

Camden

Band ABand BBand CBand DBand EBand FBand GBand H
£891.32 £1,039.74 £1,188.27 £1,336.81 £1,633.88 £1,930.95 £2,228.02 £2,673.62

Developments

The centre of King’s Cross has undergone major redevelopment and is still being regenerated. There is a huge 26 acres of green spaces being built and 40% open space with places like the new canalside Granary Square.

King's Cross Square, next to the station is a £550m construction project and is at the centre of a wider £2.2bn of private investment. It has transformed derelict land into housing, gyms, places to eat and drink, hotels and a university campus. It's estimated that 45,000 people will soon live, work and study here.