Saturday, 4 May 2013

Urban Wandering: just to the north of Kings Cross, London

This particular urban wander started life as the need to get out of the office for some fresh air to help recover from the night before. It was an absolutely glorious day as I emerged from the tube at Euston Square and made me way along to St. Pancras station, before turning into Midland Road. I had been here years ago (I think) when I had to go to the Tropical Diseases Clinic to get an injection before travelling. I remembered lots of old brick arches but on this visit either I was in a different place or they were subsumed in the renovation and extension of St. Pancras station. I continued on to St. Pancras Gardens and St. Pancras Hospital, which both looked spectacular in the bright sunshine, and I'm kicking myself now for not taking any photos. However, as my journey progressed, and I had started my return route towards Kings Cross, I came across this incredible water tower in Granary Street, NW1. I was unsure which of the pictures to include, so in the end I opted for all three of them.

Water Tower in Granary Street, London NW1
Water Tower in Granary Street, London NW1

Water Tower in Granary Street, London NW1
Water Tower in Granary Street, London NW1 

Water Tower in Granary Street, London NW1
Water Tower in Granary Street, London NW1 

As I neared Kings Cross, I took a small diversion to look at all the renovation work going on around the former goods yard. These buildings are striking enough in their own right, but with Felice Varini's overlay of metallic shapes they looked really quite something.

Felice Varini's trompe l'oeil near Granary Square, Kings Cross, London N1
Felice Varini's trompe l'oeil near Granary Square, Kings Cross, London N1

Felice Varini's trompe l'oeil, Granary Square, Kings Cross, London N1
Felice Varini's trompe l'oeil, Granary Square, Kings Cross, London N1

Running out of time I was forced to head back to the office, but this is yet another place where I need to do a return visit, with more time on my hands. Whether I can guarantee such amazing weather though is another question entirely.

    

2 comments:

  1. Very amazing photos! I have to check my records of our trip, I seem to remember Kings Cross!

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    1. Thanks Karen. These are to the north of King's Cross, which until fairly recently was probably not the sort of place someone would visit. But there has been a great deal of renovation over the past few years, and the area by the canal was bustling. The sunshine helped as well :-)

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