Many readers will have noticed an increase in the number of people streaming up York Way this week or emerging cold and blinking onto York Way from the end of Platform One. The Guardian newspaper is now in Kings Place on York Way at the junction with Goods Way. About 2,000 people i think. They have been merrily taking pics of the offices – have a look here. Several locals contributed to a Guardian Guide to Kings Cross to help them settle in. It is a handy guide but I can't get an electronic copy to post here.
Guardian commuters are finding the wonderfully convenient exit from Kings Cross at the end of platform one. When this entrance is closed, no doubt the Guardianistas will remember the role of their own. The critical factor in residents losing the planning case was the Guardian (Luke the guy who did the Guardian move) formally writing to Camden Council to say they didn't care about the entrance – we suspect under pressure from their property developer. This was read out at the meeting while residents weren't allowed a say.
Guardian folk are very welcome to Kings Cross although rumour has it that there is staff grumbling as the contrasts between Kings Cross and Clerkenwell become apparent. There aren't quite as many places to buy marinated olives for lunch here but Kings Cross is better for the social realist and might help the Guardian get back to its roots….