ThePeopleAlchemist Edit: Summer in the City – Explore with me a newish neighborhood – KingCross N1C
It is week 4 of my Summer in the City, Summer Edit intimate travel blog covering the charms of Islington – welcome to KingsCross, Islington’s newest neighborhood with a brand new postcode to match: N1C.
KingsCross is at the converging meeting point of road, river, and rail which has shaped its rich history, evident from the many historical buildings like( to name just a few) :
- The Goods Yard complex, designed by Lewis Cubitt and completed in 1852, comprises the Granary Building, the Train Assembly Shed, and the Eastern and Western Transit Sheds. These buildings were aligned to the axis of the Copenhagen tunnel through which the trains arrived from the north.
- The German Gymnasium, designed by Edward Gruning, was the first purpose-built gymnasium in England in 1864-65 for the German Gymnastic Society and was influential in the development of athletics in Britain, today re-born as a Mittel-European Grand Café.
- Gasholders No.10, 11 & 12 built for the storage of town gas for Pancras Gasworks, the largest gasworks in London. The gasholders, known as the ‘Siamese Triplet’, have now been restored and been re-erected around a series of apartment buildings – stunning!
Recommended this week:
Food and drinks
The Gelato Festival – a traveling festival and international competition full of independent gelato makers and traders (HURRY UP, it is on today Saturday 29 June and tomorrow) – a perfect way to spend the weekend and beat the heat.
Parrillan – the new alfresco bar & grill restaurant from the team behind Barrafina. Beautifully seasoned cuts of meat, seafood, and vegetables for you to cook to your liking on your own mini charcoal parrilla.
Hicce -the first stand-alone restaurant by celebrated chef Pip Lacey is an informal 80-seat space twisting modern European cuisine with Japanese and Scandinavian influences. One to try!
Summer Love Open Air Film Festival, free films for everyone from Everyman, from classics like Dirty Dancing and E.T. to the Royal Opera House live Carmen (2 July) and Wimbledon live daily from Monday ( that’s right – enjoy the tennis whilst sipping a nice cold beer).
The Other Art Fair, presented by Saatchi Art, showcases 100 independent and emerging artists, each handpicked by a committee of art world experts (4 July – 7 July).
Venus Unwrapped celebrating the creative power of female composers from classical to electronica, jazz to folk, contemporary to comedy (up to 31 August).
Independent Label Market & London Brewer Market with exclusives, rarities, product sampling and tasting at the stalls, plus DJ sets from the artists and labels too (13 July).
Green Rooms Botanical Market coming north side of the river with the best of botanical brands, plants, herbs, pots and planters, macrame, terrariums, and plant accessories from specially selected independent businesses.
There are of course many more ‘traditional’ shops and many more food and drinks places to enjoy, but those you’ll need to find out by yourself;-p
Come and visit then, what are you waiting for?
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