King’s Cross area of London is particularly interesting, as it encapsulates the ideas of regeneration, gentrification and change. Previous fabric of this space – the red brick and rusty steel – is slowly being replaced by concrete, aluminium and reinforced glass. Previously chaotic industrial and urban landscape with its warehouses, narrow alleyways and slum like townhouses, gave way to meticulously planned space where boxed trees, artificial lawn and decking counterpoints office skyscrapers, apartment blocks and “creative hubs”. Parts of St. Pancras Station are in league of their own, as they don’t’ really fit the ideas of regeneration. It’s more about nostalgia. In St. Pancras the time stood still and while it projects the idealised version of London, where the Empire is still going strong, it’s not as approachable as the rest of King’s Cross. Definitely you can’t call it vibrant or creative, but rather stagnant and nostalgic. It has its inevitable charm as a tourist attraction. I was interested if it’s as disconnected from the rest of King’s Cross as I imagined it to be and who was using that part of the station.

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