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 - - 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.
Our speaker Andrew Whitehead is the author of Curious King's Cross, in which he looks at thirty or so buildings and locations across 'the Cross' and the stories attached to them, offering a fresh take on one of London's most varied and surprising neighbourhoods.
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