Rush-hour commuters may have had a surprise this morning when James Bond, Charlie Chaplin and Sherlock Holmes were waiting for them at the station for the opening of the new King’s Cross Square. To mark the completion of Network Rail’s £550m redevelopment of the station, street performers were there to welcome and cheer up commuters, as part of the largest ever gathering of ‘living statues’ in the UK (we can only imagine that Covent Garden and the South Bank were barren this morn). The refurbished square will have new entrances to the underground and an area for public art. The redevelopment also means that for the first time in over 100 years, the front façade of the station can now be used as a main entrance. Bond and his associates will be back out to play on September 28 and 29, when Kings Cross goes Victorian for the weekend.
Find out more about this weekend’s Kings Cross activities.