Monday, October 17, 2011

The Liquorice Line

The people behind National Baking Week have made a large and edible tube map topped with various tasty-looking London landmarks inside St Pancras station. I went and took some pics…

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I was confused by the thing on the left but judging by its postion on the map (see bottom pic) I think it’s meant to be Angel.

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Close-up of a non-edible train.

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Side view of Marble Arch.
Thanks to Simon Powell for pointing this out in the comments. I thought from the location that it was Buckingham Palace

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The list of baking week tube stations includes: Add 250ml Waterloo, Baker Week, Bethnal Cream, Charing Hot Cross Bun, Imperial Mint Wharf Cake, Leicester Flapjack Square, Liverpool Key Lime Pie Street, Puddington, St Pancake, Swiss Roll Cottage, Victoria Sponge, White Chocolate Cheesecake Chapel.

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I think Tate Modern has lost its way slightly and there’s a tube train on an overground line, but all in all a pretty good effort.

If you want to avoid getting into a sticky mess remember to use our King’s Cross St Pancras tube guide - it will help you avoid those long walks to and from the Victoria Sponge line.

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Thursday, October 6, 2011

Directions to Eat Street Market, Central Saint Martins and King’s Boulevard from King’s Cross St Pancras

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  • Eat Street market stalls setting up in King’s Boulevard

King’s Cross St Pancras tube station is confusing and it’s not always easy to work out which exit to use to get to your destination. Back in August we launched an interactive guide and infographic to help people find their way around and cut down on walking time.

To help the hundreds of students and staff who started at Central Saint Martins’ new home in King’s Cross this week, we’ve updated our guide to show the location of CSM and King’s Boulevard, the new street which leads up to it.

Also this week Eat Street the street food movement announced that they will be “creating a twice weekly ‘micro-market’ of rotating traders to satisfy all tastes and budgets.” at the top of King’s Boulevard from 10am to 4pm every Thursday and Friday from today (Thursday 6th October). So that’s all the more reason to know how to find it!

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If you find the interactive guide a bit too geeky or complicated, here’s a quick summary of the directions to King’s Boulevard:

From King's Cross platforms 0-8
Walk up the side of King's Cross Platform 8 and follow the signs to Platforms 9-11. Continue past the 9-11 barriers to leave the station then turn right into King’s Boulevard.

From King's Cross platforms 9-11
Turn right out of the barriers and right again into King’s Boulevard.

From St Pancras domestic concourse
Leave the St Pancras domestic concourse using the main exit and cross Pancras Road using the pedestrian traffic lights and bear left into King’s Boulevard.

From St Pancras Eurostar
If coming from Eurostar Arrivals turn right, go past Marks & Spencer then turn right again to reach the Departures area. From Eurostar Departures leave St Pancras by the main exit (big wooden doors with the Paul café on the right), turn left into Pancras Road and walk up the outside of St Pancras station. Cross Pancras Road using the pedestrian traffic lights then bear left into King’s Boulevard.

From Euston Road (at the front of King’s Cross)
Enter the front of King's Cross station using the entrance next to Caffe Nero or the side entrance in York Way. Walk up the side of Platform 8 and follow the signs to Platforms 9-11. Go past the 9-11 barriers to leave the station then turn right into King’s Boulevard.

From the Northern Line
Leave the platform at the northern end (which means at the front of northbound trains and at the back of southbound trains), following signs for King's Cross, St Pancras and Regents Canal. Go up two escalators and through the barriers into the ticket hall. Leave the Underground using the steps opposite the barriers and slightly to the left. Go straight ahead for a few metres then turn right into King’s Boulevard.

From the Piccadilly Line
Leave the platform at the eastern end (which means at the front of eastbound trains and at the back of westbound trains), following signs for King's Cross, St Pancras and Regents Canal. Go up two escalators and through the barriers into the ticket hall. Leave the Underground using the steps opposite the barriers and slightly to the left. Go straight ahead for a few metres then turn right into King’s Boulevard.

From the Victoria Line
Leave the platform at the southern end (which means at the back of northbound trains and at the front of southbound trains), following signs for Euston Road and Hammersmith & City, Metropolitan and Circle lines. Go up the escalator and through the barriers. Turn right and go along the passage to the “new” ticket hall. Leave the Underground using the steps opposite the barriers and slightly to the left.Go straight ahead for a few metres then turn right into King’s Boulevard.

From the Hammersmith & City, Metropolitan and Circle Lines
Leave the platform following signs for King's Cross and St Pancras International, pass through the barriers and turn right. Walk along the passage, turn left when you reach some steps in front of you, pass through the “old” ticket hall and continue along the passsage to the “new” ticket hall. Leave the Underground using the steps opposite the barriers and slightly to the left. Go straight ahead for a few metres then turn right into King’s Boulevard.

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  • Bottom of King’s Boulevard

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View from nearest tube exit - entrance to King’s Boulevard is beyond the fence to the right

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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  • Wizards inside
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Do you find King’s Cross St Pancras confusing? Try our guide to the tube station, designed to help you find the quickest way around the UK’s busiest transport hub.

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