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Living in King’s Cross and St Pancras

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King’s Cross and St Pancras in Central London have long shed off their earlier gritty reputation and thus have become fashionable neighbourhoods, where industry meets art and modern living. Additionally, the massive warehouses located behind St Pancras and King’s Cross stations got a massive make-over and have been turned into beautiful restaurants, shopping areas, and cultural centers.

@paulasbr The area in all its glory!

These are two of the trendiest neighbourhoods in Central London, just minutes away from the British Museum, Oxford Street shopping area, Westminster, Covent Garden, and Camden Town. They are wonderful places to live if you are looking for a central location with an eclectic feel. Therefore, these areas have also become a favorite among young professionals and students.

The cast-iron frames of the large gasholders, originally built in the 1860s, now provide an enclosure for high-end, modern flats, surrounded by lush gardens and with views on Regent’s canal. 

As this transformation has taken place, as a result, large tech bluechip companies setting up their headquarters (Google, Facebook), more and more people have been moving into the area. Many are drawn due to its modern, artistic vibe and the ease to move around both inside and outside London.

What is the difference between King’s Cross and St Pancras?

Both of these areas are considered part of London’s West End. They are separated by the Euston Road and Marylebone area, which is considered London’s upper-class area.

@caffecake Euston Road, London

King’s Cross is identified by area code WC1 which is the code for the area that contains King’s Cross and St Pancras. While many people identify that King’s Cross and St Pancras are two different places, they really are just one area on either side of York Way/Euston Road. King’s Cross is to the north of Euston Road, while St Pancras is to the south.

The main difference between living in King’s Cross and St Pancras is that King’s Cross has a more independent area feel. Many local events in the area take place at The Regent’s Canal, where people can walk and socialize.

Getting Around while living in King’s Cross and St Pancras

This area has the best railway connectivity in London. From King’s Cross St Pancras stations, you can connect to numerous towns across the UK. You’re also just an hour away at most from three major airports, namely Heathrow, Luton, and Gatwick.

Not to mention, of course, access to an international high-speed railway connection makes it unique. From St Pancras International, Eurostar can get you to several major destinations. Moreover, you can travel across Europe, including Paris and Brussels, which are within a few hours’ travel from St Pancras.

@mary_quincy beautifully captures the Meeting Place Statue at St. Pancras International Station

For those traveling by tube or bus, there is an intersection of five tube lines and 14 bus lines.

Additionally, there are several parks in close proximity where you can just unwind and relax after a long day of work. For cycling enthusiasts, there are many designated cycle paths that would take you around London.

King’s Cross serves as a great area for people who enjoy public transport; there are various bus routes that make traveling quick and convenient.

Eurostar Terminal

The whole district is in the throes of change. The last few years have seen the completion of the Eurostar terminal at St Pancras International and many new hotels, commercial offices, and residential properties have sprung up alongside.

@serencristyn Eurostar Terminal

King’s Cross Station

King’s Cross station itself was redeveloped in 2002 to provide an integrated transport interchange for local commuters, national rail passengers, and the thousands of living in and around King’s Cross and St Pancras stations or take advantage of London’s thriving cultural scene. A striking steel-and-glass platform canopy arcs over the tracks.

@sasa.el.nino King’s Cross Railway Station
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Housing & Rental Market

Being at the center of London, the area has beautiful homes ranging from new properties and glammed-up industrial spaces-turned-flats to beautiful detached residential houses. With its hip, artistic vibe, King’s Cross and St Pancras offer the discerning resident a cool, modern neighbourhood with a young and energetic feel.

Rental property averages about £482-512 a week with rental prices ranging from £300 per week for a 1 bedroom property and from £440 per week for a 2 bedroom property.

Great Portland Estates manages two large residential properties, the John Islip Street Estate and the Stable Yard located in the St Pancras area.

The area is great for anyone looking to find a job in the area or attending colleges around the area.

King’s Cross and St Pancras boast a variety of housing options, from budget-friendly flats to luxurious penthouses with fantastic views. If you are looking at finding property for rent in this area and loved our ultimate area guide, book a free consultation call with us.

The Parks

King’s Cross and St Pancras have a combined total of 26 acres worth of new parks and open spaces.

Whether you choose to take a morning stroll on Camley Street Natural Park or savour a latte while basking in the sun at Pancras Square, you will never be lacking space in this cool neighbourhood. Other parks and spaces here include Lewis Cubitt Square and St Pancras Gardens.

@frenchgirlinlondon #CamleyStreet #NaturalPark #London

Camley Street Natural Park is a haven of tranquil greenery and peaceful wildlife. It is home to over 190 species of flora and fauna, including slowworms, foxes, and hares – all living freely in 21 acres of meadowland.

Culture, Art & Leisure

The area also has a bevy of cultural spots for you to enjoy some culture while in town. Some of these include the British Library, King’s Place – a multi-purpose cultural venue with an elegant glass-fronted atrium in a striking new brick building, and The Wellcome Collection.

King’s Cross area also offers a wide range of leisure activities for everyone to enjoy, including fitness studios such as The Gym Group and places where you can get a great workout like Xercise4Less.

Gilbert Scott exhibition space holds regular exhibitions and events throughout the year.

Attractions for children include the London Canal Museum which has boat rides along the Regent’s canal. Playing fields are for children in King’s Cross area with regular events held at the area. London Canal Museum

There are five major hotels that serve King’s Cross area, but there are also many serviced apartments available to rent. These include The Kings Place Serviced Apartments which offers studios and one-and two-bedroom serviced apartment and The King’s Cross Serviced Apartments and The King’s Cross Bridge Apartments.

St Pancras Renaissance

St Pancras Renaissance Hotel London is one of the area’s most luxurious hotels. It is located on Euston Road, near King’s Cross area, and has 412 rooms with views of the area. Another luxury hotel in King’s Cross area is The President Hotel – an elegant Victorian townhouse offering 20 individually designed guestrooms. The enchanting St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel

The British Library

Other places in the area include The British Library – Europe’s largest library housing more than 14 million books onsite. It has recently undergone an impressive multi-million-pound renovation with the largest public atrium in the UK.

The British Library benefits from millions of visitors every year. The area has several ‘high-end’ restaurants, cafes, and bars that attract locals and visitors alike to the area at night.

@thecollective_living One of the best places to study and co-work!

Part of the British Library opened in 1997 but after two years the whole of the Library opened in May 2000. It was an area that desperately needed rejuvenating. The run-down old warehouses, polluted canals, and busy roads now turned into a thriving area, attracting over 200,000 visitors every day.

19th Century Architecture

The area is noted for its 19th-century architecture, set against a backdrop of modern and contemporary landmarks. Some of the historic buildings to explore include King’s Boulevard and Granary Square.

@londonvisitof‘s amazing photo of St. Pancras 🇬🇧 



King’s Cross area is home to many popular entertainment venues including the King’s Place concert hall. King’s Place – a fantastic, multi-purpose venue with an elegant glass-fronted atrium is housed within a striking new brick building.

@theexiledbrit @cyrillibrahim shot at King’s Place earlier in the year whilst recording some of the most beautiful pieces!

The Vibe

There are many trendy cafes, bars, and restaurants in the area along with vintage shops if you’re looking for something to spruce up your wardrobe.

Pancras Square

Pancras Square offers you the perfect urban retreat; it’s a local area oasis with cafes spilling onto shaded outdoor terraces, with another area filled with trees and landscaping.

@racheldethame shot a blossoming sight at Pancras Square


There is a vibrant cosmopolitan feel to King’s Cross area that offers you a variety of events happening at any time of the year. Some of the area’s major annual events include Open House London held every September, Camden Crawl in May, and Venn Street Party hosted by King’s Cross area in August.

For Sports Aficionados

Mainly, there are four premier sporting venues in close proximity where you can catch live action: The Stadium at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is the area’s most iconic landmark; it hosted the athletics events at the 2012 Olympic games. The park also has an area dedicated to its legacy as a key Olympics site which you can visit for free; it is open 365 days of the year.

@abbavoyage A state-of-the-art, purpose-built 3000 capacity arena at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London, where fans from around the world can hear ABBA’s hits and some new music in their revolutionary concert.

The High Street & Boutiques

Whether you choose to shop in the numerous outlets in the sprawling King’s Cross station or the new outlets opening up in the modified industrial spaces, everything you need is always within arm’s reach.

Some of the more unique outlets in the neighbourhood include Bonds King’s Cross, which makes and sells designer candles and boasts its own coffee shop right inside.

Another unique outlet is Cheaney’s that has been in operation since 1886 and makes hand-crafted shoes.  Not to forget Coal Drops Yard, which offers over 50 stores, restaurants, and bars in a unique setting by the canal.

@twiningsfrance Coal Drops Yard

Eating Out

You can’t go wrong with an area that has so many options for fine dining, pubs, bars, and unique eateries. Whether you want to grab a burger at Honest Burgers or eat in celebrity chef Heston Blumenthal’s new restaurant, everything is taken care of.

Heston Blumenthal

For all admirers, world-renowned chef Heston Blumenthal has a new restaurant, Dinner, which is also in close proximity.

The restaurant is themed on dishes from the Victorian area and features Blumenthal’s signature scientific cooking methods. The menu shows such items as ‘ Baked Alaska with burnt meringue’ and ‘Devilled ox tongue, salsify, and bone marrow’.

Kings Cross and St. Pancras Area Guide must visit @dinnerbyhb
@dinnerbyhb Featuring “Eggs in Verjuice”

Restaurants and Pubs

The area has a range of cafes and bars, including Dishoom, which offers a lip-smacking Indian menu. Whether you want to sit around and people-watch or just stand at the bar and enjoy a drink with friends, King’s Cross area is always fun.

A pub in the area is The Miller has an art-deco interior and offers matches during football season. The area is also home to several budget dining options such as Busaba Eathai, offering Thai street food.

Kings Cross and St Pancras bring a mix of upmarket and backstreet restaurants all in one neighbourhood. Check out the Granary Square Brasserie that offers all-day dining in elegance. German Gymnasium off of King’s Boulevard serves European-style all dining options in a historical gym environment.

Nothing tastes better than a cocktail @granarysquarebrasserie

If you feel like having a pint for the road after a great meal, check out the Caravan. Set in a grade II Victorian grain store, it has a buzzy atmosphere, excellent cocktails, and a backdrop of great music.

Other restaurants and bars that you must explore

Parillan– located at Coal Drops Yard, this alfresco bar and grill restaurant has some stunning views of Regent’s Canal. There’s a beautiful ‘para picar’ tapas list, meat, seafood, and vegetables that you can grill yourself.

The Lighterman – serving an all-day British menu, spreads on three floors with gorgeous views over Regent’s Canal.

@thelightermankx serves until 1am! Cheers!

Spiritland – which has a world-class sound system. This café by day and bar by night offers regular DJ sets, album playbacks, and artist talks. A unique venue for music lovers.


Above all, King’s Cross area offers a wide variety of nightlife options! Whether you are looking for pre-drink drinks at the pub or dance the night away at one of its many nightclubs.

There is a collection of various clubs and bars in this area. This includes Cargo, the best small venue in London as per The Independent. Other clubs to mention are the KOKO and Paradise by Way of Kensal Green.

@ciaramcmullanphotography @asiwyfa_music selling out Koko in London
@eventsbykeenda Paradise by Way of


Groceries & Gourmet Food

Fortnum & Mason, Marks & Spencer’s, Waitrose, Sourced Market

King’s Cross area is well served by local shops, including supermarkets and organic food retailers. There are several convenience stores in the area selling fresh produce such as Sainsbury’s Local at Pancras Square and Tesco Metro at King’s Cross Station.

Plethora of Options

This area in the city has numerous markets to choose from. Whether you are looking for antiques, vintage clothing, or even a hair salon, the area is rich with options. Some of the places to visit here include King’s Cross Vintage Market, St Pancras International Antiques Market, and Salon 209 Hair Studio.

Fashion & Apparel: Cheaney, Cos, Diesel, Gant, John Lewis, L.K. Bennett, Paul Smith, Petit Bateau, Superga, Ted Baker, The White Company, Whistles

Health & Beauty: Aesop, Boots, Facegym, Jo Malone, L’Occitane, MAC, Miller Harris, Neal’s Yard, Rituals, Space NK  

King’s Cross and St Pancras bring an eclectic mix of new and old, all beautifully blended into one harmonious space. 

Explore Canopy Market, a covered weekend market with not only artisanal food, drink, and personal care, but also designer fashion items.


With its excellent connectivity, you are within a short tube or bus ride to several shopping areas around London.


Although not many celebrities live in this part of the city, St Pancras station has seen stars such as Elton John, Jeff Goldblum, and John Legend giving short, surprise performances to locals. Many a time, there are things that you may get to experience at these busy transport hubs.

For Harry Potter Fans

For Harry Potter fans, King’s Cross station is home to the famed Harry Potter shop. Platform 9 ¾ is the area where Harry boards the Hogwarts Express train. The platform 9 ¾ has been transformed into a store and destination for all things Potter. It is complete with luggage trolleys, replicas of trains entering secret tunnels, and more!

@kgr_jj76 Waiting for the train to Hogwarts

Schools & Medical Facilities


There are a number of academic institutions in the area ranging from primary schools to colleges. Primary schools in the area include Winton Primary School and Argyle Primary schools. Colleges and other tertiary education facilities include the Institute of Education and the school of Oriental and African studies.

Primary and Secondary Education

King’s Cross is overflowing with education establishments, both primary and secondary schools. Some of the area’s top choices for students include King’s Cross Academy, New North Academy, and The Ettrick School.

Children @thenewnorthacademy got to know a few facts about snow.

This area houses some top London schools such as The Lab School – an independent school for children from age 3 to 18 with a unique 21st Century curriculum. It is also home to Dame Alice Owen’s School. It is a secondary school for girls aged 11-18.

King’s College

The area has become trendy for young professionals looking to find jobs in the city or attending college. King’s College School has several locations throughout the area including their flagship school located in King’s Cross area.
🌸 Blossoms in front of St Mary le Strand. This church is situated on The Strand and is in between KCL’s Strand Building and Bush House.

Central Saint Martin’s

Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design is one of the main colleges in the Pancras area. King’s Cross area has several other colleges, including Regent’s College, an international language school; UCLA’s School of Theatre Arts, Central Saint Martins college of art and design, The Actors Centre, London College of Contemporary Arts, and The Central School of Ballet.

Hospital Connect

If you need to see a doctor, you have facilities such as the Somers Town Medical Centre as well as the Kings Cross Surgery within easy reach, from almost any point in the area. Other medical facilities within reach include Bupa Health Centre Kings Cross and the Royal National Throat, Nose, and Ear Nose Hospital.


If you are looking for a central location easily accessible by many means of transportation, this area offers convenience like no other.

The area offers an array of cafes, restaurants, and bars which young adults love due to its unique atmosphere.

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