Kings Cross used to be famous for its prostitutes and pimps, but the last decade has seen a huge turnaround to the area thanks to new investment, starting with the reopening of the historic St. Pancras hotel and train station. With thousands of new homes planned and more hotels, shops, offices, and restaurants coming, Kings Cross continues to be on the rise. Some 6,000 students will be housed in the new campus for St. Martin’s College, which will bring more shops and life into this area as well. Beware, however, that this area is still in development so it is a bit rough around the edges and some parts should be avoided after dark.
As for housing, there aren’t too many family homes to be found here which means there aren’t many primary schools either. Instead, you'll find a good selection of apartments and lofts. These are a mix of gritty factories and lavish mansions that have been converted into apartments. People who live in Kings Cross enjoy the fact that it is still somewhat affordable, it has a lot of open space, and it continues to grow.
For professionals living here, a huge part of the appeal is that you can walk to the City, though if you need go elsewhere Kings Cross is the beating heart of London's transit system, which makes it easy to get around.
The City: 2.9 miles / 20-35 minutes by car / 25 minutes by transit / 20 minutes by bike
Canary Wharf: 6.2 miles / 30-55 minutes by car / 40 minutes by transit
Southwark: 4.3 miles / 25-50 minutes by car / 25 minutes by transit / 30 minutes by bike
Westminster: 3.8 miles / 20-45 minutes by car / 25 minutes by transit / 20-25 minutes by bike
Shoreditch: 2.6 miles / 15-30 minutes by car / 20-25 minutes by transit / 15-20 minutes by bike