December 13, 2017
If you’ve walked around King’s Cross recently, then you’ve probably noticed that it is not only the home of big creative hubs such as Google, CSM and Youtube (to name a few), but also developing as a destination full of independent boutiques and high street shops alike, all the while keeping its beautiful Victorian architecture.
It is a place that embodies so much of what we love about London; heritage and modernity side by side.
This Thursday to Sunday, we'll be heading over for the Canopy Christmas Market where we'll have a stall. And you know what? It is located under the restored structures of West Handyside Canopy, which during Victorian times was a covered area for unloading of fish and other perishable goods.
So we decided to take this opportunity to tell you a little bit more about King’s Cross history…
Before the industrial revolution, the area of what is today King’s Cross was mostly rural. It was the place where Londoners fled to relax in Country Inns and Health Spas.
However, when in 1820 Regent’s Canal was completed, King’s Cross quickly became an essential link between the big industrial cities and consequently became the home of the Pancras Gasworks, which as a result attracted a lot of polluting industries.
With the reign of Queen Victoria came great innovations and changes to the King’s Cross area. First of all, by the mid 19th Century, the Great Northern Railway bought lands on both the south and north sides of the canal to create their temporary London terminus until 1852 when King’s Cross Station was created.
This totally changed the face of King’s Cross, which then developed rapidly. Various valuable commodities such as grains and coal where transported there and were stored in the newly build Good Yards Complex, to the north of the Canal.
Alongside the now famous Midland Grand Hotel, a lot of residential buildings were built for railway and industrial workers. However, most of them were knocked down due to the expansion of the railway and the opening of the world first underground railway.
This past decade, a new life has been given to the King’s Cross area. With its beautiful Victorian buildings and structures being renovated and now welcoming companies, stores and restaurants, there is a for sure a bright future ahead of King’s Cross.
Want to hear more stories? Don’t be shy and come say hi this weekend at the Canopy Market!
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February 20, 2018
Camden Town is one of the most visited places in world. It's a place that stands out for its individuality, home to the misfits, artists, musicians, tattoo artists and burlesque dancers. In fact, Camden is home to anyone who wants to call it so.
But did you ever wonder how a place becomes so emblematic? Let’s go back to the origin of Camden Town.
February 12, 2018
The only day of the year when food is not only plates but also falling from the ceiling is upon us. Yes, you’ve guessed it, it’s finally Pancake Day.
By now your cupboards should be filled up with lemon and sugar (and perhaps a cheeky bit of chocolate sauce) because it is expected of us to eat our weight in pancakes, and we shall not disappoint.
As great as this day might be, did you ever wonder where it came from?
Allow us to take you back to the origins of Pancake Day and introduce you to the proper way of celebrating it.
February 07, 2018
If you are looking for a rustic and heart-warming restaurant in Camden, then look no further, the Lazy Hunter is the place for you. It is a real respite in the middle of the city, the perfect weekend escape without having to take a long and tiring road trip.
It’s picturesque decor with its open plan kitchen, wooden tables and wild animal drawings on the walls will make you want to hang around all day long.
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