Author Archives: Clare Hill

About Clare Hill

Clare is a writer and editor who lived in King’s Cross for a decade. She is passionate about local history, transport and food. Contact Clare by commenting on her posts or go to http://www.clarehill.net

Catching the artistically curious

At dusk on a backstreet south of the Euston Road, Redhanded’s glowing shopfront jumps out from the swathe of council estates. Cromer Street is a perpetually shuttered row of shops, and two artists have set up a temporary studio and … Continue reading

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A radical walk around King’s Cross

The local socialist café Firebox is holding a walking tour celebrating the radical history of the area this Saturday. Marx and Lenin were both said to have been partial to a drink in the Water Rats on Gray’s Inn Road … Continue reading

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An invisible dot marks a comedy spot

There’s a handsome former industrial building on Northdown Street that has recently acquired beckoning, warmly luminous signage. It reads: The Invisible Dot, and it has done its job of coming over all enigmatic and luring me in to check out … Continue reading

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Height restriction policy win for campaigners on town hall annexe site

As tall buildings spring up in the King’s Cross development, and work begins on Camden’s new town hall there, it is worth turning some attention back to plans for the site next to the existing town hall. Local group, Friends … Continue reading

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Blasted flowers herald spring?

Springwatch in King’s Cross has taken on a bit of a dirt-busting theme with the appearance of “reverse graffiti” flowers. A scattering of tropical hibiscuses and stylised floral patterns mysteriously appeared in the last week or so in the paved … Continue reading

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Buildings opposite station to be preserved

What a difference a year makes. And community objection. In a happy case of a developer/owner who seems to have listened to local views, the Georgian terraces facing King’s Cross station are set for renovation, not demolition. In November last … Continue reading

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A happy KXmas

The last stage of the station’s redevelopment is following the seasons in a way. It’s the beginning of a long winter of facial reconstruction and hibernation behind hoardings, with the final bit of the green canopy ‘wrapping’ set to be … Continue reading

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Protest planned for the 25th anniversary of the King’s Cross fire

This Sunday, 18 November will mark 25 years since a ferocious fire swept up the Piccadilly line escalator at King’s Cross underground station during evening rush hour, killing 31 people in the ticket hall. The Rail Maritime and Transport union … Continue reading

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