It’s time to dig out that spare chimney sweep, find your top hat and tighten that corset, because Kings Cross is going Victorian for the weekend. On September 28/29, the redevelopment of Kings Cross Station – a Grade 1 listed building which originally opened in 1852 – will be complete, and the occasion is being marked with celebrations aplenty.
There will be free family friendly events going on from 11am-6pm both days: head to Granary Square and learn to chimney sweep, shovel coal and race penny farthings, or relax with a tipple in a Victorian parlour where you can enjoy gin cocktails or sample some local ales. For those interested in industrial history, be sure to explore the refurbished iconic Gasholder No.8 which was built in the 1850s.
Please sir, can I have some more? Well, yes you can. Catch a special train along King’s Boulevard to visit the brand new Kings Cross Square, which will be open to public on September 26, to enjoy the well-earned old school funfair and games. If you need to refuel, there will be Victorian inspired cocktails served at the swanky new Great Northern hotel and to soak up the gin, renowned foodies KERB will be providing the cuisine à la Queen Vic. Those with a sweet tooth can head to Marcus Wareing’s restaurant Gilbert Scott for their fix. Ally Swadling
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