King’s Cross – Back to the Future

Posted: Tuesday 3rd September 2013

Two days of family friendly, free events and activities celebrating the transformation of King’s Cross, over the weekend of Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 September.

  • Station And New Public Square near completion and mark a new era for the transformed area
  • Newly opened King’s Cross Square to host a family funfair
  • Explore the gritty Victorian history of King’s Cross in Granary Square
  • Visitors can learn to sweep a chimney, race penny farthings and explore the newly refurbished Gasholder No. 8

The Victorian era is set to return to King’s Cross on Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 September as celebrations take place to mark the completion of the redevelopment of the Grade 1 listed King’s Cross Station, opened originally in 1852, and the re-birth of the wider King’s Cross area.

With the brand new King’s Cross Square set to open to the public on Thursday 26 September, the weekend will see two, linked, family friendly events taking place to celebrate the area’s fascinating history.

King’s Cross Journeys, a free, family friendly celebration of the gritty industrial past of the area, will take place in and around Granary Square, close to the Victorian buildings that sit at the heart of this rapidly transforming part of town.

King’s Cross Square Carnival, will enable visitors to explore London’s newest public space in front of King’s Cross station which is playing host to a Victorian Carnival with fairground rides, sideshows and street entertainers.

Visitors will be able to move between the two squares on a special train, provided by the King’s Cross Business Partnership, which will travel up and down King’s Boulevard.

The weekend will offer the sights, sounds, thrills and tastes of a bygone era, all amongst the buildings that would have seen the very same thing over 150 years ago. In Granary Square, families will be able to send their minors to learn how to sweep a chimney or shovel coal, ladies can relax with gin cocktails in a Victorian parlour, while gentlemen can sample local ales and race penny farthings. Once the children have earned it through good old-fashioned hard work, good old-fashioned fairground rides, including a Ferris wheel, will offer suitable reward.

Anna Strongman from the King’s Cross development comments:

“King’s Cross Journeys is a fun way of bringing history to life and I hope it will enable visitors to have a great time while they learn more about the places where we live, work and play. The heritage of King’s Cross is fascinating and we have worked hard to put it at the centre of the transformation of the area, something that I hope this event will hope people to realise.”

Tom Caine, manager of King’s Cross station said:

“King’s Cross today shows what is possible when you blend the best of the old with the very best of the new. The major programme to upgrade and restore the station is near complete and taking a moment to look back at the spirit of the age that created it seems a great way to celebrate and to show off the achievements being made by our business partners in the area to bring this once neglected area of the City back to life with a vengeance.

Those interested in the industrial heritage of King’s Cross will be able to visit the newly refurbished Gasholder No. 8, one of the first times this iconic piece of Victorian engineering will ever have been accessible to the public. Visitors will also be able to take a tour of the development, exploring the history of other painstakingly restored structures such as the Granary Building and the West Handyside Canopy.

No visit to the new King’s Cross would be complete without food and drink. Resident street foodies KERB will be serving up delicious dishes with a Victorian twist. The bar at the newly renovated and recently opened Great Northern Hotel will provide Victorian inspired cocktails, while Marcus Wareing’s restaurant, the Gilbert Scott, will be serving sweet treats in the new King’s Cross Square and opening a gin garden at the top of King’s Boulevard.

The free events in and around King’s Cross Square and Granary Square, King’s Cross will run from 11am to 6pm on the Saturday 28 September and Sunday 29 September.

King’s Cross Journeys is hosted by the King’s Cross Central Limited Partnership, the developer of the 67 acre King’s Cross site. King’s Cross Carnival is hosted by Network Rail who have driven the development of the new King’s Cross station and square.

More information is available on the following websites;

www.kingscross.co.uk/journeys

www.networkrail.co.uk/newkingscross

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