Commercial property area guide: King’s Cross - London
There’s more to King’s Cross than the major rail station. It’s home to art galleries, theatres, the British Library, lots of businesses and the charming Regent’s Canal. Just north of Clerkenwell and east of Camden Town, it’s an artsy, creative place. Yet it still attracts businesses from a range of sectors thanks to its enviable transport links.
King’s Cross has undergone some of the most significant regeneration in the city. You’ll now find 50 new buildings, 20 new streets and 10 new public squares. After its former industrial economy headed into decline after the Second World War, the area needed a boost to reinvent it as a desirable business location. Work started with the new rail stations, including high-speed lines and services to Paris and Brussels. It then turned to regenerating the streets around it, giving it a smart new face.
The area has recently become known for its rising number of technology and media firms, making it a hub for these sectors. Google has been based in King’s Cross for a few years and it is currently building new ‘landscraper’ headquarters to run alongside the train tracks. Facebook also has office space in the area, as do Expedia Group, the Alan Turing Institute, Samsung and Toyota. Major publications The Guardian and The Observer are here, too.
Day to day life in King’s Cross is lively. There are plenty of places to eat and drink, a handful of theatres for evenings out and the pretty banks of Regent’s Canal that are full of people in the summer. Let’s find out what it’s really like to base your business in King’s Cross.
Getting around King’s Cross
King’s Cross underground is on four linesYou’ll have the Victoria, Piccadilly, Northern and Circle, Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan lines on your doorstep at King’s Cross. It’s easy to get across London thanks to these great connections. You will find them quite busy, especially during peak times, but their frequency helps alleviate the human traffic.
Use the Northern or Victoria Lines to head south or north-east. You can use the Circle, Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan lines to get around north London.
King’s Cross is one of the busiest stations in the UKMany would be surprised to learn that King’s Cross isn’t the busiest station in the UK, but it is still high up on the list, with nearly 34,000,000 passengers using the station in 2018. There are 12 platforms, with fast-speed trains departing for cities such as Edinburgh, Liverpool, Leeds, Manchester, Birmingham and many more. Lots of commuter trains also use King’s Cross, making it ideal for businesses with employees based on the outskirts of the capital.
St Pancras International is just next door to King’s Cross stationSt Pancras International is the departing station for the Eurostar, which offers trains to Amsterdam, Paris and Brussels. You can reach Paris in just over two hours. There are also domestic trains from St Pancras International with East Midlands Rail, Southeastern and Thameslink using the station. Thanks to these services, you can reach the likes of Sheffield, Nottingham, Margate, Brighton, Cambridge and more.
Three main roads run through and around King’s CrossThe A501, which acts as an inner-London ring road, is to the south of the area. You can join this road to get across London, and it will also link you to the A40 to join the M25. St Pancras Road runs between the two main stations, while York Way to the east of the area heads north and makes it easy to join the A1.
Gatwick and London City airports are under an hour awayIf you use the rail network, you can reach both Gatwick and London City Airport in under an hour from King’s Cross. Gatwick is the better option for international flights as its airlines fly more regularly to destinations around the world. Heathrow Airport is just over an hour away on the Piccadilly Line, making it easy to travel to lots of worldwide destinations.
Where should I go to eat in King’s Cross?
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King’s Cross is home to lots of handy facilities for businesses
There are more than 20 gyms and fitness classes in the area including:
- The Fore
- Urban Kings Gym
- Cally Pool & Gym
- Studio One Islington
Find more places to get active here.
Banks and Post Offices in King’s CrossThere’s an HSBC branch in King’s Cross, right on the A501 main road. You’ll also find a Barclays Bank along the road. Lloyds Bank and NatWest have branches just south of King’s Cross in the Saint Pancras area.
You’ll find the area’s Post Office on the A501, right opposite the rail station.
Where to stock up on groceries in King’s CrossThere are 11 local supermarket stores in the King’s Cross area, including:
- Little Waitrose
- M&S Food
- Sainsbury’s Local
- Tesco Metro
Waitrose & Partners also has a large store by Regent’s Canal. If you’re looking for an indulgent treat, you could visit Fortnum & Mason in St Pancras International Station.
When it’s time for some retail therapy, you’ll find a number of stylish shops in Coals Drop Yard – a small shopping centre in converted railway arches. Brands such as Diesel, Cos, Paul Smith and Wolf & Badger have stores in the centre. There are also a range of shops in St Pancras International station and King’s Cross station, including Oliver Bonas, Boots, Joules, Accessorize and Paperchase.
Commercial real estate agents operating in King’s Cross
Robert Irving Burns Ltd
Cushman & Wakefield
Fresson & Tee
Levy Real Estate
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Offices in King’s Cross
Interesting facts about King’s Cross
King’s Cross is named after a statue of King George VI, which used to stand on the crossroads of Euston Road, York Way, Pentonville Road and Grays Inn Road.
J.K. Rowling included King’s Cross in her novel as she was inspired by her parents’ meeting in the station.
The area is said to be a major battleground between Queen Boudica and the Romans.
It wasn’t until the 18th century that King’s Cross was urbanised, having been open fields until then.
Fortnum & Mason keeps bees on the roof of St Pancras International station to produce its own honey.
The British Library, next door to King’s Cross station, is home to over 200 million items, including two copies of the Magna Carta and original manuscripts from Jane Austen, Oscar Wilde, Lewis Carroll and many more.
King’s Cross station is the only one in London to have a platform 0.