A visit to the Smoke
I had a trip to London this week. For once, I wasn’t in a tearing rush and I had time to have a proper wander around King’s Cross station, the first time I’ve done so in daylight since the work on King’s Cross Square was finished.
I’ve been coming to London via King’s Cross since I was about 10 years old and only now does the station look modern and efficient, as befits one of the capital’s key transport hubs. The tube station beneath was smartened up some time ago and is no longer the stygian collection of narrow tunnels I remember from my youth. Likewise, the concourse to the west of the platforms has become a pleasant place to wait while browsing the shops or finding a cup of coffee. It reminds me of La Sagrada Familia, or is that too fanciful? Anyway, it is light and airy and I love the overhead walkway to the platforms which avoids the long walk down the train when travelling in standard class.
Platform 9¾ is at the back of the concourse, next to the Harry Potter shop. Tourists can be seen pushing a trolley through the wall at almost any hour of the day.
King’s Cross Square has morphed into a wide, open space that fills with travellers catching a little sun between trains whenever the weather is good. If I have half an hour to spare, I generally go for a stroll around the block instead, walking east down Caledonia Street, then up Caledonian Road and back to the station via Wharfdale Road and York Way. There are some quirky shops in this area – Utility, for example – as well as unreconstructed greasy spoon cafes, kebab shops and more salubrious eating establishments that make a nice change from the chain eateries at the station.
Mini Bubbles finished
My Mini Bubbles scarf is finished and I’m pleased with the result. It’s a pattern that I shall certainly knit again, probably for myself the next time.