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‘Curious King’s Cross’ with Andrew Whitehead
Wednesday August 7, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Sex, pubs and rock’n’roll – King’s Cross has it all, and so much more … from a fish-and-chip shop once bugged by MI5 to London’s most enduring radical bookshop!
Inside the main line station, there’s the magic of platform 9¾ … and just outside, the every bit as magical Keystone Crescent. The locality has a lighthouse … a Welsh tabernacle where services are now conducted in Amharic … social housing with a fairy-tale feel … a canal-side well built to store huge blocks of Norwegian ice … and a cruising club based in a water point which once supplied steam trains.
The area has been repeatedly re-branded ever since the 1820s, when the cinder heaps of Battlebridge were given the more marketable name of King’s Cross, replete with a royal statue which so ‘grievously offended the eye of taste’ it was pulled down after less than a decade.
Andrew Whitehead takes us on a tour of some a range of King’s Cross buildings and locations, and serves up a fresh take on one of London’s most varied and surprising neighbourhoods.