New London Walking Tour: King's Cross

Wednesday 29 April 2015

10:30 - 12:30 (registration from 10:15)

Meeting point: In front of the main entrance to the British Library

Discover London's latest architecture on the New London Walking Tours, now taking place twice a month! Explore how the capital's buildings and streetscapes are changing through a guided walking tour of one of six Central London quarters - each distinct in their character and history.

Discover major new architectural landmarks alongside lighter touch interventions, and how these projects are being embedded into and are adding new dimensions to the fabric of the city's historic urban context.  

Walks take place on the second Saturday and now also on the last wendesday of each month. Wednesday tours will begin at 10:30 and last approximately two hours. All are on foot and are led by professional Blue Badge Guides. The cost per person is £15.00 and includes VAT. Pre booking is essential.

King's Cross - Wednesday 29 April

The walk departs from outside the main entrance to the British Library that ushered in the profound changes to the area. Rebirth of Gilbert Scott's Grand Midland Hotel and St Pancras Station to accommodate the Eurostar terminus set the tone for the whole regeneration of 67 acres of north London now known as Kings Cross Central. We will explore how Stanton William's imaginative re-use of restored structures like Cubitt's old Granary to become a new home for the University of the Arts, how Waitrose is turning a dilapated goods shed into a cookery school and where a redundant railway depot is the site of the Francis Crick Institute - HOK/PLP's new world class medical research facility. The walk ends by examining the John McAslan & Partners and Stanton Williams' reconfiguration of King's Cross Station revealing London's largest public realm since the building of Trafalgar Square.
This walk starts at the British Library Piazza in front of the mainentrance to the British Library, Euston Road, NW1 2DB and finishes near King's Cross tube station.

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