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Taking its name from Kings Cross Railway Station, inner London’s major gateway from the north, the district of Kings Cross has shed its shady reputation as a red-light district in recent years to become a centre of redevelopment. It is now home to the Eurostar at the neighbouring St Pancras International and Kings Cross Central, a mixed-use space north of the stations.

With new eateries opening all the time, Kings Cross is establishing itself as a food destination offering everything from street food to fine dining in establishments including the historic German Gymnasium, the Fish & Coal Buildings and the Grade II listed Midlands Goods Shed. And if you’re looking for fresh ingredients to do your own cooking, head south west to Bloomsbury Farmers’ Market, which takes place on Thursdays in Torrington Square.

Originally a village called Battle Bridge, the area of Kings Cross was an ancient crossing of the River Fleet and allegedly the site of a major battle between the Romans and the Iceni tribe led by Boudica in AD 60 or 61, and some say the warrior queen is buried beneath platform 9 or 10 at Kings Cross Station. More recently the British Museum moved its headquarters next to St Pancras, while The Guardian and The Observer newspapers moved to the nearby King’s Place on Battlebridge Basin next to the Regent’s Canal.