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

Small window to oppose a skyscraper next to the town hall

The decision by Camden Council to sell off the Town Hall annexe is a fait accompli, but the planning guidelines covering the site are currently under review. With talk of a building up to 22 storeys high, the review’s request … Continue reading

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Street art ‘Marmite’ unveiled on Euston Road

A massive graffiti mural has been completed on a building opposite St Pancras station today. The vivid artwork was commissioned by the building and hotel owner, Tony Megaro. “The idea is basically to bring a bit of fun and colour … Continue reading

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Guide published to preserve heritage of Argyle Square

[This is an updated post with the new, finalised document now linked] The Friends of Argyle Square, who look after the interests of the terrace-fringed oasis just south of the station, have put out a guide to help retain the historic … Continue reading

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‘N’ is for King’s Cross

The opening of the concourse somehow speeds the ticking clock to reveal the station’s original façade. So some renewed interest in it this week: here it is above, as part of a London alphabet on the delightful Spitalfields Life blog. … Continue reading

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A peek at the new concourse

The “glass pasty”, the “string vest”, the “eyelid” – the western concourse for King’s Cross will not be open for business until next Monday – but it has already acquired a load of nicknames to describe its curved roof and … Continue reading

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Damien Hirst turns WC1 dotty

In Britannia Street at least. Gagosian Gallery has opened an exhibition of Damien Hirst’s dot paintings: The Complete Spot Paintings 1986–2011. The exhibition is showing simultaneously at all 11 outposts of the commercial gallery’s empire: in New York, London, Paris, … Continue reading

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Jenny Jones to join in direct action on junction tomorrow

The Green Party London Assembly Member is to unite with cyclists in King’s Cross on Monday (9 January) for a ‘go slow’ around the gyratory during the evening rush hour. A statement from the organisers, Bikes Alive: Jenny Jones, Green … Continue reading

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Wintry walks

If you fancy learning a bit of food history in the nearby streets around Angel or brushing up on Cally or KX station trivia, there are a few walks on in the next three months. Rob Smith of Footprints of … Continue reading

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