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London’s Pocket Parks: Bramber Green, WC1
London’s Pocket Parks: Bramber Green, WC1

London’s Pocket Parks: Bramber Green, WC1

Originally constructed on a WW2 bomb damaged housing site, Bramber Green in King's Cross was created in the early 1960s to accompany an orange coloured block of flats after which it was named, Bramber House.

Apr
07
See a large scale model of King’s Cross
See a large scale model of King’s Cross

See a large scale model of King’s Cross

There's a large scale model of the King's Cross redevelopment that can be found inside the estate office, and it's a bit of cat-nip to any fan of architectural models.

Mar
17
Camley Street’s natural park has reopened to the public
Camley Street’s natural park has reopened to the public

Camley Street’s natural park has reopened to the public

A rich nature reserve squeezes into a long narrow gap between two railway stations, and after several years of being closed to the public, the Camley Street Natural Park has at last reopened.

Oct
25
2021
London’s Pocket Parks: Argyle Square, WC1
London’s Pocket Parks: Argyle Square, WC1

London’s Pocket Parks: Argyle Square, WC1

This is a municipal garden square that offers a calm quiet patch of greenery just a few moments from King's Cross station.

Oct
13
2021
The gardens of the Aga Khan Centre
The gardens of the Aga Khan Centre

The gardens of the Aga Khan Centre

An unassuming white building behind King's Cross conceals a wonderful interior and rooftop garden.

Oct
01
2021
Esperance Bridge opens at King’s Cross’s Coal Drops Yard
Esperance Bridge opens at King’s Cross’s Coal Drops Yard

Esperance Bridge opens at King’s Cross’s Coal Drops Yard

A red pedestrian bridge has opened over the Regents Canal linking Coal Drops Yard with the rest of the King's Cross estate.

Sep
01
2021
A plant covered sculpture in King’s Cross
A plant covered sculpture in King’s Cross

A plant covered sculpture in King’s Cross

On a side street in King's Cross can be found a wall covered in plants in an unusual plant pot -- a sculpture garden.

Aug
11
2021
The Silk Road – a photography exhibition in King’s Cross
The Silk Road – a photography exhibition in King’s Cross

The Silk Road – a photography exhibition in King’s Cross

The silk route to the far east has come to London, in the form of an open-air exhibition by travel photographer Christopher Wilton-Steer.

Apr
09
2021
London’s Alleys: Argyle Walk, WC1
London’s Alleys: Argyle Walk, WC1

London’s Alleys: Argyle Walk, WC1

Sometimes you come across an alley that looks interesting, but is probably new, but turns out to be ancient.

Dec
23
2019
Find the King’s Cross milestone
Find the King’s Cross milestone

Find the King’s Cross milestone

People rushing to catch trains at King's Cross are often oblivious of what they are standing next to, and right by a pedestrian crossing is an old milestone.

Mar
28
2019
London’s Pocket Parks: Granville Square, WC1
London’s Pocket Parks: Granville Square, WC1

London’s Pocket Parks: Granville Square, WC1

Granville Square is a prominent tree lined square surrounded by period homes, located north of Kings Cross Road.

Nov
14
2018
Reopening the Piccadilly line’s disused York Road tube station
Reopening the Piccadilly line’s disused York Road tube station

Reopening the Piccadilly line’s disused York Road tube station

The long running debate about reopening disused tube stations has reared its head again with renewed focus on York Road just to the north of the revamped King's Cross station.

Feb
18
2018
Unbuilt London: The 1,000 Foot Tall Glass Conference Centre
Unbuilt London: The 1,000 Foot Tall Glass Conference Centre

Unbuilt London: The 1,000 Foot Tall Glass Conference Centre

In the 1960s, King's Cross almost became more famous for a massive glass tower than it was for its nocturnal delights in the seedy bars.

Jul
22
2017
Take a tour inside a drained canal lock
Take a tour inside a drained canal lock

Take a tour inside a drained canal lock

Over this weekend, there's a chance to go down to the bottom of one of London's canal locks, while it is being drained for maintenance works.

Feb
03
2017
Attend a Science Lecture in a Train Station Tunnel
Attend a Science Lecture in a Train Station Tunnel

Attend a Science Lecture in a Train Station Tunnel

This is a little different, but the newish passenger tunnel at King's Cross station is the setting for a lecture next month.

Sep
14
2015
Unbuilt London: The King’s Cross Airport
Unbuilt London: The King’s Cross Airport

Unbuilt London: The King’s Cross Airport

When planes were small and buildings expected to be large, putting an airport right in the centre of a city was seen as a very sensible idea.

Sep
06
2015
Tube Maps made from Lego go on display in stations
Tube Maps made from Lego go on display in stations

Tube Maps made from Lego go on display in stations

And thus it was that Tube Geek met Lego Geek and they turned the geek up to 11 by combining their geekdom in the form of several tube maps made out of Lego bricks.

Jun
12
2013
Diverting the Fleet River for the London Underground
Diverting the Fleet River for the London Underground

Diverting the Fleet River for the London Underground

Another look back at the construction of the world's oldest underground passenger railway as seen by the Illustrated London News - this time from February 1862.

Jan
06
2013
Construction of the Metropolitan Railway at King’s Cross
Construction of the Metropolitan Railway at King’s Cross

Construction of the Metropolitan Railway at King’s Cross

Another look at the construction of the world's first underground passenger railway as seen by the Illustrated London News - this time from Feb 1861.

Jan
02
2013
25 Years Ago
25 Years Ago

25 Years Ago

Nov
18
2012
Unbuilt London: The City Terminus Railway
Unbuilt London: The City Terminus Railway

Unbuilt London: The City Terminus Railway

Mr Charles Pearson was a City Solicitor, and politician of great ambition for London's railways, but sadly for him at least, very little direct success.

Oct
20
2012
Demolition of King’s Cross’s “Ugly Green Shed” Imminent
Demolition of King’s Cross’s “Ugly Green Shed” Imminent

Demolition of King’s Cross’s “Ugly Green Shed” Imminent

In just a few weeks, the famously ugly green shed that has been despoiling the frontage of King's Cross station since the 1970s will start to be swept away in the final stage of the upgrades to the area.

Aug
30
2012
London’s Lost Suspension Railway at Kings Cross
London’s Lost Suspension Railway at Kings Cross

London’s Lost Suspension Railway at Kings Cross

A full twenty years before steam trains started arriving at the new station of King's Cross, a small monorail suspension railway had operated on the opposite side of the road.

Apr
28
2012
A look around the outside of Crumbles Castle
A look around the outside of Crumbles Castle

A look around the outside of Crumbles Castle

Surrounded by council block flats and next to a wide open green space called Bingfield Park near King’s Cross sits Crumbles Castle, a modest sized stone fortress of the sort that any Medieval knight would probably recognise. It is however,

Mar
21
2012