Let’s get the Harry Potter detail out of the way first, because it is very cool. For those who know the books, no explanation needed. For those who don’t, King’s Cross is where our young wizard in waiting takes the train to Hogwart’s School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
In the books, Harry catches the Hogwart’s train by running through a brick wall between platforms 9 and 10 to catch the magical train. In real life, the lovely folk at King’s Cross have fixed a Platform 9¾ sign on the wall in the station concourse.
The area around King’s Cross Station was also used for the setting of the brilliant Ealing comedy, The Ladykillers. The tunnel entrance in the film where the dead bodies are dropped into passing goods trains is the entrance to the King’s Cross Copenhagen Tunnel on Frederica Street.
For those who like their culture more grounded in reality, the amazing British Library and British Museum are right on your doorstep. It’s also important to recognise the dance cultures that originally popped up around here in the 80s, with raves held in the old, derelict local warehouses before those warehouses were renovated into today’s ‘must have’ premises and the dance scenes moved to the more civilised and safer surroundings of local clubs like KOKO, Scala and Egg.