King's Cross & Euston
Central London’s northern boundary was once conceived as the capital’s symbolic gateway but is now marked by comprehensive regeneration and restoration
Nowhere in London exhibits the expansionist zeal and pioneering vigour of the Victorian railway age more powerfully than Euston Road. Not one, not two but three monumental railway stations were built in close proximity along its path, each one trying to outdo the other in terms of scale and grandeur. While one has been blighted by appalling 1960s redevelopment, the remaining two have been restored and expanded to combine awe-inspiring Victorian engineering with ambitious contemporary design – all of which seeks to accommodate London’s expanding transport infrastructure while recapturing the golden age of railway travel. But the revitalisation of King’s Cross Station is just one facet of the gigantic redevelopment project that is taking place behind it as the former derelict wasteland of dilapidated railway goods yards and sidings are transformed into a dynamic new mixed-use quarter that is central London's biggest regeneration project and has attracted some of the most celebrated British architects working today. As successive phases of the ambitious masterplan are slowly unveiled, the scheme has become an exemplar in commercial regeneration and historic restoration and has set a pioneering template for scores of other similar redevelopment projects across the country.
St. Pancras Station
WALK START LOCATION: Euston tube station (Escalators exit, not concourse) / Map
WALK ENDS: King's Cross Central