London Kings Cross
Prior to becoming one of the
cultural centres of London, the Kings Cross
had the reputation of being a red light
district and rundown. Today, the Kings Cross
in London Borough of Camden is popular for
its selection of hotels, restaurants,
cultural venues, business activities and
other residential accommodations.
Kings Cross was formerly known in the Roman
times as the Battle Bridge village, an
ancient crossing of the River Fleet. It was
in the 1800s when its name was changed to
Kings Cross and was industrialized. After
the World War II, the whole area was almost
abandoned and has become a sex den. It was
in the 1980s when the government decided to
revive the area, through the establishment
of cheap rental houses, offices and hotels.
The area has eventually begun to attract
artists and designers.
Some of the cultural establishments in the
area include the London Canal Museum,
British Library, Courtyard Theater and
Gagosian Gallery. It is also where the
office of The Guardian and The Observer
newspapers are located.
The Kings Cross has been used as setting for
some films: "The Ladykillers" by Alexander
Mackendrick, "High Hopes" by Mike Leigh and
"Breaking and Entering" by Anthony
Minghella. In music, Pet Shops Boys has an
album devoted to the location, their 1987
album, "King's Cross."