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Euston to King’s Cross Walk

Explore the area of King’s Cross. Discover an area undergoing dramatic change. See why the building of the railways rather than improving the poorer areas, in reality made them even worse.

This is a guided walk of contrasts; from the old to the right now.

  • Uncover a fascinating history
  • Enjoy quiet side streets and open spaces
  • Meet other adventurous souls
90 mins linear walk
Not step-free
Individual tickets from £15

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This is a guided walk of contrasts; from the old to the right now. King’s Cross is an area which is still a work in progress.

We meet at Euston before embarking on a 90 minute tour exploring the dramatic past of the area including an iconic hotel, grand stations and a delightful London terrace. We also see why the building of the railways rather than improving the poorer areas, in reality made them even worse.

This walk has at its heart the expansion and transformation of London in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. King’s Cross used to be the village of Battle Bridge, at the centre of a large sparsely populated parish.

The area was changed out of all recognition by roads and railways. The construction of the New Road (known to us as Euston Road) in the 1750s led to prestigious ribbon development which then became decidedly less upmarket with the development of three of London’s greatest railway stations in the following century.

The area to the north of the New Road was always one of the capital’s most deprived, and when the railway companies built their lines, stations and goods yards they claimed they were engaged in slum clearance.

  • Start: Euston Station
  • End: King’s Cross Station
  • Suitable for 14yrs +
Your Guide: Ian McDiarmid

Your Guide: Jenny Funnell

King’s Cross London Walk Reviews

Paul Scott
Extremely enjoyable walk centred around the three railway stations on Euston Road. Ian was friendly and informative, pointing out numerous details that I’d completely missed commuting past for years. Thoroughly recommended for anyone with an interest in London and its history.
The King’s Cross Walk gave fascinating insights into a variety of different aspects of life in the area, giving an interesting over-view of the influences that shaped it. Ian is a fluent speaker and wears his erudition lightly, weaving the disparate threads into a most enjoyable tour. Highly recommended.
This was a great Walk and Talk that covered the history of Euston, St Pancras and King Cross Railway stations as well as some of the surrounding building in that area. The host was very knowledgeable about the subject and was happy to answers questions raised where he was able too. The walk was conducted at a very good pace and all in the group were able to keep up. I found it very enjoyable.
A very interesting and pleasant walk that made this overlooked part of London come to life with historical anecdotes. Ian was a great guide, both knowledgable and humorous.
Ian was a great guide and brought insight and humour into a terrific journey around Euston and King’s Cross. I’ve lived in London for decades but discovered streets and sights I’d never visited before.
Ian’s walk around Kings Cross was really interesting. He carries a small mike so despite the noise of the traffic it is possible to hear what he has to say quite clearly. He has looked into the facts and figures and done his research. He was able to build a picture of what the area looked like during various centuries. It was a really enjoyable tour and we are looking forward to going on other walks with him in the future.
Brilliant walk! Ian was really informative and engaging and showed parts Kings Cross that I didn’t know. The walk was of right length and time. I really enjoyed it. Thanks!
I thought I knew Kings Cross pretty well.. turns out I didn’t. This is a fascinating walk covering quite a short distance. The history behind the Euston Road was so interesting. It’s always a treat to see the beautiful St Pancras-now I know it’s history it’s even more compelling. Great tour guide who clearly has a passion for London and an eye for detail. Much recommended.
An entertaining and informative walk from Euston to Kings Cross. I thought that I knew the area quite well, having studied and worked nearby, but Ian brought the distant and recent past to life, while skillfully guiding us through a very busy part of London. Highly recommended.
Informative and kept interest despite pouring rain. Guide enthusiastic and professional.
Sue and Brian
Very interesting walk led by Ian despite the weather.
Phillipa and Tim
Very informative and interesting walk. Highly recommend it!
A very enjoyable walk. The guide was very knowledgeable about the buildings and gave a good explanation of the history of the area. He was also very clear despite the noisy traffic.
I enjoyed the walk I know Camden well. It was interesting. My friend from outside London really enjoyed it and found it very informative. I would recommend it for everyone even people like myself who live in Camden.
A very interesting Walk with a knowledgeable and animated guide. Iain is very widely read and excitedly communicates his passion for his subject. He brings the descriptions to life by communicating his personal perspectives on the stories. Woburn Walk was a wonderful revelation to so many of us in the group. How can we have not discovered before this gem of a shopping street?! So looking forward to another tour with Ian.
An informative and very enjoyable with an excellent guide.
What a fantastic experience! Our guide was so knowledgeable and opened our eyes to things we’d walked past many times. You don’t have to be a tourist to benefit from one of these walks!
A fascinating and informative insight into the history and changes behind this recently renewed part of London, which dovetailed very nicely into the other walks Hazel does around Islington. The walk was well paced, the guide always audible – even above the Euston Road traffic! and also open to questions and chats. A very nice afternoon out.
Excellent walk around kings x and Euston . Very informative guide. One and a half hours really well spent. Will definitely try and go on more.
Really enjoyed the walk. The guide was very knowledgeable and was audible throughout the walk as he was miked. He waited for everyone to catch up and held my interest through out. I found the information fascinating and would definitely go on more of his events.
Ian was informative, knowledgeable, succinct and gave a very interesting tour. He got everything just about right – no information overload and timed to perfection and took us to hidden nooks and squares we did not know existed as well as the historical background. Excellent.
Ian, our guide, was very informative. I thought I knew the area quite well but there are hidden areas that are just delightful. He covered the history of the area. Its amazing how you can walk around an area on your own and actually miss these ‘gems’. Well worth doing. Not a strenuous walk at all. Would recommend.
Really interesting walk with an extremely knowledgeable guide. Shall definitely check out their other walks.
This is an interesting, informative walk around the Euston/Kings Cross area. I learned a lot even though I had worked in the area for 30 years. 7 or 8 main information stops, quite a short walk, took just over 90 mins. The leader Ian knows his stuff, easy to hear him despite the Central London ‘noise!’ Would recommend if you want to know more about this area/London, both past and present.
I have walked around this area for years thought I knew it pretty well. However I discovered a row of stunning C19th shops and a wonderful C19th terrace I had never come across before. When visiting old friends like the British Library and the mainline stations I discovered lots of new facts and saw them in a new light. The guide’s historical knowledge was superb, his approach was friendly and informative.
Thoroughly interesting and enjoyable walk with Ian. He is exceptionally knowledgeable and I learnt a great deal about what may be described as a lesser known part of London. Would thoroughly recommend this walk and look forward to going on other walks in the future.
Despite the rain this was another interesting walk including some areas i didn’t know about. If it had been better weather I would like to have had a slightly longer walk and finished a bit further on at Kings Cross by the canal where there is new development and learnt about the history.
Very much enjoyed this very informative tour. I highly recommend.
Very informative – recommended.
Sarah and Tony
We tend to think of Euston and Kings Cross as perhaps places we pass through to use the rail station, on occasion we have seen a show at the Shaw Theatre or an exhibit at the British Library. This walk/talk brought the area to life and told us about its fascinating history as a residential district and how modernisation has created attractive restaurants and places to visit. One of the good features of the walk is that we were given tips about excursions we could organise ourselves in the future, maybe a visit to a large and historic church crypt followed by a meal at a converted German gymnasium connected to the present day Olympics. Our guide managed admirably with a few enthusiastic football fans we met on our way and a sprinkling of rain too. Definitely recommended.

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