Curious King's Cross
Thursday 29th November at 6:30pm
Join us to hear a talk to celebrate the publication of Curious King’s Cross with Andrew Whitehead. Andrew is one half of the writing team that brought us Curious Kentish Town and Curious Camden Town.
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 visits some thirty buildings and locations which offer a fresh take on one of London’s most varied and surprising neighbourhoods; Brian Kelly supplies bespoke photos; and a map designed by Nancy Edwards will encourage readers to follow in the author’s footsteps.