This month, we celebrate the launch of our first office in King’s Cross. The area is home to Google, the German Gymnasium and a cool new north London vibe. Railway land is being transformed with homes, schools, shops and bars, forming a thriving and vibrant community.
Charlotte Legge-Beale (Sales & Lettings Manager) and Jack Bateman (Assistant Manager) will head up the new Kay & Co office based at Unit 4, 6 Pancras Square, London, N1. They are enthusiastic about their new roles and excited at the opportunities offered by the developments in the area.
As they prepare for the official launch on April 23, here they explain why King’s Cross makes the perfect place to live.
1. An oasis in the heart of the capital
The architecture is bold and varied, polished, with modernistic touches. Warehouses have been renovated and the old gas holders have been transformed into stylish flats. The area is emerging with new-build developments and period properties in neighbouring streets, ranging from £600,000 to £5m.
King’s Cross is already proving popular with investors. A one-bedroom flat can let for about £500 a week rent, while a three-bedroom on upper floors will rent for around £1,500 a week. There is lots of value and new opportunities.
2. Great places to eat, drink and relax
Go Spanish at Camino with top tapas, or build some muscle at the German Gymnasium, lifting the meaty sausages. There’s also Greek, Korean, Indian and Mexican, as well as great brunch stops and cafes. You will never be short of bars or pubs to visit and there are a couple of hotels, too. The Megaro boasts the steampunk inspired Minimix bar – the world’s largest mini-bar. You help yourself to drinks and there’s a popcorn tap, which is free (www.themegaro.co.uk). Drake & Morgan in Pancras Square is a popular cocktail bar/restaurant and is definitely worth a visit (www.drakeandmorgan.co.uk/kings-cross).
3. New shops, boutiques and bars
The cobbled streets and Victorian railway arches give Coal Drops Yard a unique atmosphere. This is an area that already has funky boutique shops, restaurants and bars, ahead of its wider opening in the autumn. There’s a huge Waitrose and a number of street markets that are already popular. https://www.coaldropsyard.com/
4. Urban green spaces
Lewis Cubitt Park is a green space where families can relax and play, with mounded lawns and seating. https://www.kingscross.co.uk/lewis-cubitt-park
Camley Street Natural Park has two acres of wildlife-friendly plantings on the site of an old coal yard alongside the Regent’s Canal, which has undergone a facelift. https://www.kingscross.co.uk/camley-street-natural-park
Granary Square is a buzzy space with more than 1,000 fountains, all individually controlled and lit. It’s a favourite with children in the summer.
The Skip Garden is an eco-community area where locals grow vegetables in skips. There are also plans to link King’s Cross with Camden via a disused railway line. The vision is similar to the New York High Line, a public garden on a section of abandoned elevated line. It would create a pleasant shortcut for pedestrians.
5. Culture, canals and Central Saint Martins
The British Library with its 25 million books, is right on your doorstep. If that’s not enough, there’s the King’s Cross Canal Museum, which will introduce you to the colourful world of narrowboats and Britain’s inland waterways. There’s also the Platform Theatre, which is the performance space for Central Saint Martins, while the Railway Children Theatre is just behind the station and incorporates its own platform with a loco steam engine. For art lovers, the House of Illustration is a fascinating gallery dedicated to all forms of illustration. King’s Place will be the permanent home of the London Sinfonietta and it hosts all manner of music in two concert halls. https://www.bl.uk/
6. Out & about: nightlife
You are spoilt for choice with the Egg Club and the Scala Club nearby. Egg offers a variety of multi-media spaces to suit your mood, while Scala hosts a packed schedule of events from indie bands to globally renowned DJs. St Pancras Old Church is an intimate venue, which alternates gigs with its religious activities (www.egglondon.co.uk).
7.The brightest places to work
The Guardian newspaper moved its offices to King’s Place in 2008 and Google’s new UK HQ is based in Pancras Square. Facebook is also said to be close to signing a deal on offices here.
8. The next generation: leading universities
The University of the Arts, London, moved here in 2011. It is made up of some of the most famous arts institutions in the capital with Central Saint Martins based at Granary Square, King’s Cross, in a former warehouse building. http://www.arts.ac.uk/csm/
9. International and national transport links
Well, you couldn’t want for better transport links in London. King’s Cross really is the crossroads to everywhere. Buses, trains and road links mean you can get almost anywhere in the capital with ease.
10. Best in class: new schools
Some 2,000 new homes mean that new schools are needed. The King’s Cross Academy is a new, purpose built primary school which opened in 2015 with a 26-place nursery. Senior provision is expected to follow. Nearby Camden School for Girls is rated outstanding, while the City of London Academy, Islington, the Regent High School and the Mary Magdalene Academy (all mixed gender) are good.
11. Gyms, bowling alleys and table tennis
There are any number of gyms dotted around the area, but King’s Cross Outdoor Sports Pitch and the Handyside indoor facility should cater for sporty types, while Arsenal offers training for football-mad kids at the Skip Gardens. There are table tennis tables in Granary Square and Bloomsbury Lanes is an 8-lane bowling alley. http://bloomsburybowling.com/
12. Star quality: Harry Potter’s Platform 9 ¾
Finally, a spot of magic: Harry Potter’s Platform 9 ¾ gives you plenty of photo opportunities for your children and all your visitors. Plus, there’s a Harry Potter shop for when you need a new wand. https://www.harrypotterplatform934.com
All in all, King’s Cross is on track to become an exciting place to live. Meet Charlotte Legge-Beale and Jack Bateman at the new Kay & Co office.
• Sell your property free with Kay & Co King’s Cross Office. To celebrate the opening of our new office in King's Cross, and for a limited time only, we will sell your property for 0%. Alternatively, if you let your property through us, we will throw in our Property Management service for free. Contact Kay & Co estate agents for more details (020 3813 7232; https://www.kayandco.com/zeropercent).
• The new Kay & Co King’s Cross office is located at Unit 4, 6 Pancras Square, London, N1C 4AG.
• Read our new King’s Cross Guide: https://www.kayandco.com/news/community/401-kings-cross-area-guide