King's Cross District
Nearest Tube: King's Cross
King's Cross is the area of London that lies just north of central London between Islington and Camden Town. Legend has it that this is the site of the battle between Boudicca and the Romans in AD60, but this is historically unsubstantiated.
For much of its history the King's Cross area was largely unpopulated and rural. But by the mid 18th century the area boasted a fashionable spa attracting hundreds of visitors each day.
And during its early history the name of the district was Battle Bridge. But then, in1836, a monument of George IV (1820-30) was erected at the junction between Euston Road, St Pancras Road and Pentonville Road.
This led to the name of the district being changed to King's Cross. Due to adverse public opinion, by 1845 the monument had been demolished - nevertheless, the name stuck.
Today the district has a bit of an unsavoury reputation, although there have been efforts to clean it up. The main tourist attraction is the Canal Museum located on New Wharf Road. Nevertheless you would probably still not want to venture to the King's Cross district at night.
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