The ground floor has the Pangolin London art gallery - dedicated to sculpture, next to the main entrance; cafes and restaurants, plus a waterside terrace. It's not a view you expect in King's Cross of canal barges moored in Battlebridge Basin.
There are seven floors of non-public offices above, but the big story is going on below: there are two lower levels devoted to the arts. The building maximizes on space by creating the deepest single propped basement ever built in London.
There was big excitement when Kings Place opened about how they could contain the acoustics when so close to a major train station. This is achieved by the halls sitting on rubber springs to give them complete acoustic separation from the rest of the building and the outside.
The music programme at Kings Place is arranged in a series of weekly events, each with a common theme, consisting of four consecutive evenings. In addition to the weekly 'mini-festivals', there are three regular spots:
- Words on Monday is a series of talks and discussions;
- Tuesday night is devoted to more contemporary music and jazz put together in a different way;
- and Sunday evenings is the preserve of the London Chamber Music Society.
Booking online saves £2 per ticket, no booking fee: www.kingsplace.co.uk
By telephone: 0844 264 0321
In Person: Ticket desk in the atrium of Kings Place.
No refunds, but they will usually offer to resell your ticket after all house tickets have been sold.
Art GalleriesPangolin London is unusual as it is dedicated to sculpture.
Kings Place Gallery has a program of temporary and touring exhibitions.
Food and Drink
- The atrium cafe can seat 60 is has sofas or dining table.
- The Rotunda Bar sits along the waterfront and serves light meals and drinks.
- The Rotunda Restaurant also looks over the canal basin and offers true dining.
You may also like to read Where to eat in King's Cross for further recommended cafes and restaurants.
Address: 90 York Way, London N1 9AG
Kings Place ReviewI visited Kings Place on 2 October 2008 (the day after it opened). It was busy in the atrium as there was an opening 'festival' but I couldn't see the lower levels - where the concert halls and Kings Place Gallery are located - as the only access is by fast escalator and one very small lift (elevator). I was shocked at such a slight and ridiculous nod towards making a building accessible. I was with my daughter in her buggy so we couldn't go to the lower levels as there was a queue at the single lift. I spoke to staff about this problem and was told it had been mentioned a lot already. Surely when designing a new building it makes sense - hang on it's the law! - to make it accessible to all.
The offices using the floors above have plenty of lifts but these are not available to the public.
I gave up and left. So I'll never know. But I did read the incredibly long press release so I feel I've already been there.