Area Guide to Kings Cross, London

kings-crossKings Cross is an attractive district in London, situated partly in Islington and Camden. The area has been extensively redeveloped to create a strong network of restaurants, shopping sites, businesses and cultural venues. There are also several nearby attractions.

Kings Cross is the proud terminus of the Eurostar rail service at St Pancras International providing services to well known countries such as France and Belgium. The main transportation areas in the district are the London Kings Cross and the London St Pancras. There is also the King’s Cross St. Pancras which is the nearest underground station to the area. Taxis and buses are also readily available. The Platform 9 3⁄4 station is a major attraction, as this is where “Harry Potter” boarded the train for Hogwarts in the hit book and TV series.

Kings Cross is managed by the Islington and Camden councils and the council tax rates in the area range from approximately £857 to £2,571 in Camden and £794 to £2,381 in those areas in Islington. Your postal code will determine who to pay your taxes and you may also be eligible for a reduction in council tax these reductions are applicable if you are disabled, only person lives on the property or if you qualify for the second adult rebate.

The architectural beauty in the Camden area can be seen at Alexandra Road Estate, the BT Tower, The Great Court at the British Museum and the ITN building. Property types in the area include commercial lots, council house estates, flats and apartments among others.

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From Kings Cross, you can experience the best of shopping and eating in both Islington and Camden. Shopping can be a very enjoyable event in Kings Cross with places such as the Brunswick Centre which caters for a wide variety of shopping itineraries. Local markets such as the Camden Lock Village Market, Electric Market, Swiss Cottage Market and the Kingsgate Community Centre Lamplight Market can also be visited.

There are also several great restaurants to sample. These include the Carrot Café, Acorn House which is very affordable, The Harris and Carluccios with its unique dishes. You can also access Italian, West Indian, Turkish, Indian, Chinese and other culturally diverse eateries in Kings Cross. The Ruby Lounge on Caledonian Road, St Chad’s Place and the Griffin Pub are nice places to have a drink.

Kings Cross offers the best opportunities for entertainment being located in two energetic districts. You can enjoy a variety of bars, pubs, clubs, theatres, cinemas and outdoor and indoor sports complexes. The Shaw and Bloomsbury Theatres are great places to experience cultural performances while the Place and Canecao are superb for night time entertainment. Cinemas such as Renoir on Brunswick Centre and Odeon Swiss Cottage with its uncommon digital projecting facilities are great places to enjoy a good show or two in Kings Cross.

Green flag awarded parks and open spaces such as the refreshing Camley Street Natural Park can also be accessed. You can take a tour of Camden’s nature reserves which include the Westbere Copse Local Nature Reserve and Adelaide Local Nature Reserve. Other noteworthy parks include Bloomsbury Square, Brunswick Square, Russell Square and St Georges Gardens among many others. Kings Cross is filled mainly with city type individuals, professionals and families from various ethnic groups.

Relevant Links
Camden Council
Islington Council

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