Most London areas have names that have been derived from early Saxon or Norman translations however Kings Cross was unnamed and remained so until 1830 which was extremely late for a site which has always been in use by Londoners. For a London area that is so well known it seems unimaginable that it has only formally been in existence relatively recently. Our Kings Cross escorts are not the only ones who find it incomprehensible that the area was nothing more than fields just a couple of hundred years ago, and yet this did not mean that it was not always teaming with activity.
Kings Cross was in use by the Romans although not as a settlement but as a crossing over the river Fleet. Legend says that it was the place of the legendary battle between Queen Boudicca and the Roman invaders in AD61 however nothing was ever marked to commemorate this but artefacts recovered when the site was eventually developed suggest there may be some truth in the legends. There is a museum in the area now which our Kings Cross escorts have visited. It makes for an interesting afternoon out when discovering the changes that the area has seen in such a short space of time.
With the development of areas such as Knightsbridge, Kensington and Chelsea, Kings Cross became something of a Georgian and Victorian dumping ground. The smallpox hospital and the fever hospital were both built in Kings cross at the turn of the 18th century. These buildings made it a highly undesirable place to live although there were always plenty of people coming and going through the area. As industry grew, the undesirable businesses including paint manufacture, refuse sorting and the gasworks were all sited here and it became an area to avoid unless completely necessary. The area was still officially unnamed however a statue of the King (George IV) was erected at the crossroads in an effort to raise the image of the area but was taken down a few years later after vandalism and ridicule however the name was set and Kings Cross was born. It was inevitable that when the trains arrived in London that Kings Cross was always going to be a major terminus. If you choose to enjoy a drink with any of our escorts in Kings Cross, the subject of the birth of the area might be a good one to start with especially if you happen to be sitting in any of the newly modernised industrial buildings.
Today Kings Cross is anything but forgotten and ignored. It is the subject of one of the biggest redevelopment projects ever undertaken in London. Homes, shops, offices, galleries, bars, restaurants and even a university are planned all within a brand new postal code of N1C. Our Kings Cross escorts are certainly excited by everything that is planned and indeed some of it has always been undertaken. You can already enjoy private time with our escorts Kings Cross in the Great Northern hotel and spend your days in the public open spaces at Granary Square, Lewis Cubitt Park and Gasholder park.