IMG 9153fi 690x495 - Coal Drops Yard: a critique

This week’s posts have invariably been about Coal Drops Yard (CDY) and yesterday’s report was one I enjoyed writing immensely, however it doesn’t belie the fact I still want to analyse the new development and discuss its pros and cons. I thought it would be prodigious to write an immediateRead More →

IMG 9027 690x495 - Coal Drops Yard: a primer

A set of photos taken this week and today – just before the final gloss is put on and London’s latest and much anticipated shopping and cuisine venue opens. Coal Drops Yard is the latest shopping centre to open in London. Located just north of King’s Cross and St. PancrasRead More →

IMG 7094fi 690x495 - Coal Drops Yard history in photos

The new Coal Drops Yard opens this week! Despite it being a historic site originally built in the 1850s its very hard to find any old pictures – clearly it was a sort of exclusive area being a heavily industrial area for the purposes of railway storage and transshipment purposes.Read More →

IMG 8617fi 690x495 - The Face at King's Cross

Despite what the publicity says ‘The Face’ covers archive exhibition is already on at King’s Cross! The dates given on the official King’s Cross website is 26th November to 31st January 2019 however its entirely installed as of now. The reason for the official dates is probably because part ofRead More →

DSC 0494fi 690x495 - Filthy tube roundels

Does TfL ever clean its roundels? I ask that because I discovered some of the most filthiest roundels on the tube system! These are at Kings Cross St Pancras, and the first, a contender for a possible disgusting roundel of the year award, is one of the two main accessRead More →

IMG 5410fi 690x495 - Another Europe

This is a new photography exhibition based about the west side of King’s Cross station. The subjects depicted are generally traditions and cultures specific to each of the 28 countries in Europe that are being lost. The photographs shown here are my own selection of those on exhibition. There areRead More →

ebonitefi 690x495 - London's forgotten Ebonite tower

The famous 150 foot high Ebonite tower was a huge landmark to the north of King’s Cross at Vale Royal in Belle Isle, even overshadowing the Metropolitan Cattle Market tower in Caledonian Park a little further north. The Vale Royal tower was outrageously demolished thirty five years ago this month.Read More →

DSC 0626sml - King's Cross' tube's shoddy green lanes!

King’s Cross tube station on the Victoria Line (southbound) has recently seen a scheme introduced for an experimental period where sections of the platform are shaded green in order to show the areas that passengers should keep clear of. The idea is to encourage better alighting from the trains asRead More →

DSC07963crp - Old railway tunnel at King's Cross

The ‘Widened Lines’ (or what is left of them) are rail tunnels between St Pancras and Farringdon now used by Thameslink. The tunnels were a joint venture between the Great Northern and Metropolitan Railways and completed in 1866. Historically the lines also linked to King’s Cross mainline station as wellRead More →

DSC 1864 - Wet Glass #3

Following the popular ‘Wet Glass’ (Oct  2015) and Wet Glass #2 (Jan 2016) here’s some more wet glass! This time its variations on a theme 🙂Read More →