From 2pm to 6pm on Sunday 5 June 2016 Mike Jackson (of the film ‘Pride‘ fame) will once again open his small plantsman’s garden to the public at 1 Battlebridge Court as part of the Barnsbury Group.
Mike’s stunning garden maximises sun and shade with peat block terracing up to the canal basin. This is a challenging spot but Mike is a Kew trained horticulturalist with over 40 years experience whose expertise shines through in his choices.
Highly recommended for a visit. Click here for more information.
This year the King’s Cross – Brunswick Neighbourhood Association will be holding the Camden Mela on Sunday 17th July 2016 at Corams Fields, 93 Guilford Street, London WC1n 1DN.
This is always a very popular family event which showcases the richness of the British Asian culture There is always a wonderful mix of music, food and fantastic stalls.
For more information and stall bookings contact Nasim Ali.
The rental market in Kings Cross throws up some real eye openers often of the dodgy landlords and beds in kitchens type but here for once is an apparently well appointed one bed flat and the cringe inducing, but possibly market rate of £1,343 per calendar month. If it appears a bit bigger than comparable private properties that’s because it was once thoughtfully designed by the council as social housing on the Bemerton Estate.
As I understand it to rent a similar flat on the Bemerton from the Council would be about £350 a month, indeed possibly the flat next door. Which gives a graphic illustration of the role of social housing in providing accommodation for people on lower incomes. The monthly London Living wage is roughly £1,650 per month before tax. The Bemerton Estate although greatly improved by modern management has been one of the ‘top 3% most deprived by multiple deprivation‘ super output areas in the whole country.
The Geddes Gallery (formerly KC Continental Foods aka the Italian Deli at 26 Caledonian Road) is getting back into the swing of things with some new shows – first up is the Mammary Gang
>Private view: Saturday 14th May 6.30-9pm
Open: 15th – 16th May 10-8pm
A collaboration of five Wimbledon Collage of Art Graduates in celebration of the female as both creator and muse. This exhibition houses a selection of artworks, in a variety of mediums, that explore the ever-changing relationship between women and art. Including work by Bea Campbell, Elizabeth Pike, Hebe Rut, Manon Teychenne-Simoes and Lauren Youngs.
The Eighth Kings Cross Walk is on Sunday 22nd May, taking a circular route around this rapidly changing area, finding out what’s new; sharing information and finishing with a drink (and food) in The Harrison.
We will walk up the hill to Amwell Street and Chapel Market before dropping down to the Regent’s Canal which we will follow to Granary Square and the nature reserve at Camley Street and return along King’s Boulevard
The walk begins from the outdoor gym in Argyle Square at 11am the site of London’s first and only monorail and we will also take in the place where elephants were once unloaded for the Kings Cross circus, the inventor of the tea break; Lenin’s Kings Cross house; the March of the Bricks and Mortar; one of London’s most surprising nature reserves,
Please feel free to invite friends. Please call me Tobias on 0771 8080956 if you have any questions or want to ensure that we wait for you.We should finish the walk at about 1.30 (ish). Its a fascinating little sociable local urban walk with a bit of magical greenery and water in the middle of it.
All the palaver about off shore companies can feel a little distant at times but you can just walk up to the door of many Kings Cross properties and experience it for yourself. Private Eye produced a map of property acquired by overseas companies using Land Registry data. If you zoom in there is a cluster of leasehold blobs half way up York Way (just beyond the Guardian building – owned by a German company) on the left, in the Arthouse Building.
Arthouse was one of the first residential properties in the Kings Cross re-development to be marketed. And by the looks of things it was marketed hard overseas and a good number of buyers availed themselves of corporate vehicles to hold the properties in a variety of places around the world – from the British Virgin Islands and Seychelles to Samoa via Singapore. 32 properties according to the Private Eye presentation of the Land Registry data. There are other clusters of off shore ownership in Kings Cross.
One can enter the names of the companies into the new database of offshore leaks by the the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists and one or two show up there. So, for instance Key Navigation Consultants a British Virgin Islands registered company bought Apartment A3-4 at the Arthouse in January 2014 for just over £1 million. The ICIJ database search yields for a company of that name a network map at the time the data was gathered (see the ICIJ caveats on their site).
So what does all this mean? On the one hand there is great international confidence in Kings Cross as a place to invest – I see that even a vacant lot on Randells Road (the old dry cleaners) is owned by a British Virgin Islands company. On the other hand it shows that the days of just popping into the estate agent with a mortgage pre-approval are numbered, unless it’s the Road Town branch.
Gentrification, love it or loathe it does all sorts of odd things to change how people perceive a neighbourhood. The estates and streets of ‘London’s trendy Kings Cross’ seem to have transcended edgy in the designer pantheon and are now genteel enough to name traditional designer products. Artisan designer types ‘Cubitts’ have gone Kings Cross-tastic with their glasses range. ‘
‘The materials employed were done so for function, but through use and wear, developed a rich patina and unintentional beauty.
As Michael Palin stated, ‘King’s Cross was not concerned with dazzle and decoration. It was built for purpose’.
Cubitts give us ‘The Bingfield‘
With a classic panto round oval (PRO) lens shape, Bingfield is our modern interpretation of a timeless shape, which most recently had a renaissance in the early 90s.
Constructed from high grade stainless steel, Bingfield features custom titanium nosepads. It is available in brushed gold and silver with traditional Windsor Rims (in Matte Black, Dark Turtle, Blonde and Amber), and in two sizes. Bingfield is named after Bingfield Street and Bingfield Park in northern King’s Cross. This now residential area, sandwiched between the railways lands and Caledonian Road, was once home to the notorious Beaconsfield Building. These were built by the Victoria Dwellings Association and housed at least 1,000 people in five storied walk-ups with external balconies.
and also: The Argyle with custom pin drilled rivets, The Ossulton, with acetate temples tips with custom cubitts detailing and the Pembroke with millimetre precision hand drilled acetate. There is also a fetching cleaning cloth with an an original picture of Kings Cross, a steal at £3.50
‘The Cubitts cleaning cloth, oversized and extra thick. The cloth features an illustration by designer Lucy Dalzell. Her cityscape includes a building from each of the King’s Cross streets (from which our first frames were named), the Cubitt brothers and butterfly rivet (bottom left) and a small Harry Potter reference.”
Not a burning moped or dog turd in sight.