Wednesday, September 28, 2011

King’s Boulevard and Central St Martins

Just took advantage of the nice weather to go and have a look at King’s Boulevard, the new street that goes from Pancras Road (which runs between King’s Cross and St Pancras stations) up to Goodsway where a new bridge crosses the Regents Canal to reach the new Central St Martins site.


Despite the building sites each side, the new road looks very smart. Although it has Camden Council street signs, it is apparently a private road.


It’s been suggested that the N1C postcode (not NC1 as reported in the Evening Standard) has had to be created due to the size of the development, but it isn’t actually new - for example Camley Street Natural Park already has one.


The Central St Martins building is still surrounded by construction work, but is no doubt ready for the start of term. There were groups of young arts students making their way up and down King’s Boulevard to enrol on their courses.


Monday, September 5, 2011

Recent arrivals - September 2011

Here are some places that have opened and a few that have closed in King’s Cross in the last couple of months:

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  • Gelato Mio, the Italian ice cream makers with a rapidly growing following opened in St Pancras station, at the site vacated by Crêpe Affaire.
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  • The B@1 chain of cocktail bars is also expanding and have moved into the Caledonian Road in place of the Ruby Lounge.
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  • Also new on Caledonian Road is the Burrito Café, which sells burritos and other Mexcian food to eat in or take away.
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  • Pret a Manger opened their fourth branch in the area, a nice spacious one up York Way, no doubt with one eye on the 5000 Central St Martins students who will be arrving up here soon, as well as giving Guardian and other Kings Place office workers a convenient spot to grab some lunch.
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  • To fit better with its recent reinvention as a Malaysian restaurant, Swintons wine bar has been re-named Navya’s.

Sadly, given its ethos and the huge fanfare that greeted its arrival, eco-restaurant Acorn House has closed. Tassili Coffee was a decent cafe in King’s Cross Road which has also closed.

Finally we are keeping an eye on The Brill which has closed for re-furbishment, although I have heard rumours that it will re-open as a bar.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

All aboard the Hogwarts Express

1st September at 11am - the time when the Hogwarts Express leaves King’s Cross Platform 9¾ for the start of the new school year.

Some dopey Muggles thought that the pretend Platform 9¾ that is put there for tourists was the place to be, but the real Wizards knew where to go.

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