The Relocation Bureau

Camden Lock Market
Camden Lock Market
Bartholomew Villas, Camden

King's Cross, Camden & Kentish Town

Also Includes

N/A

Postcode Areas Covered

NW1 and NW5

Our Summary

Our rating of Kings Cross, Camden, & Kentish Town

Camden Town attracts single, professional people largely from the media and creative industries. Kentish Town is slightly cheaper than neighbouring Hampstead and so attracts families that either can't afford or do not wish to live there. Following its continued regeneration Kings Cross is becoming more desirable with its central location and very good transport links.

General Description

Kings Cross is best known for Kings Cross and St Pancras stations. As one of London’s most newly regenerated areas it is an exciting place to be. The 67 acre site, formally underused industrial wasteland is being transformed with homes, shops, galleries, bars, restaurants, schools and a university.

Camden has a large multi-cultural population and is one of the most cosmopolitan areas of inner London. It is home to some of the wealthiest people in London, but at the same time it has some very deprived pockets with extensive public amenity housing. Many parts are very trendy and "up and coming", with a blend of metropolitan sophistication and energy. A lot of the inhabitants are journalists, broadcasters and writers, encouraged by a council keen to attract media and communications companies away from their traditional Soho haunts. More recently public and private money has been spent on improving the area, including new housing, street lighting and CCTV. The weekend markets of Camden Town are extremely popular and attract a large number of tourists.

Kentish Town is located immediately north of Camden. Popular with young professionals as property prices here are more reasonably priced. The area has most recently attracted French families following the opening of College Francais Bilingue de Londres (CFBL) in 2011.

Travel Times

From Kings Cross to... By Car By Train/Tube
Heathrow Airport 18 miles, 35 mins 30 mins (1 change)
Gatwick Airport 42 miles, 70 mins 50 mins (1 change)

The journey times detailed above By Car are for driving during off-peak times. The By Train / Tube travel is for the fastest journey that you will get at peak-times during the week.

Types of Housing and Pricing

There are some period properties and converted flats in Kings Cross which are generally of poorer quality but with its continued regeneration, the good quality properties here will mostly be found in the new apartment blocks.

There is a mixture of every type of property in Camden, from smart Georgian terraces to handsome Victorian houses and flat conversions. Mornington Crescent and Gospel Oak are areas of council estates and tower blocks, whilst the fashionable semi-detached mid-Victorian houses and flat conversions are in the streets off Camden Road.

Kentish Town has the large terraces which were built in the Victorian era, many of which have remained individual family homes which attract families looking for good performing schools. There is also a reasonable stock of period conversions with prices that are less expensive than neighbouring areas.

King's Cross, Camden & Kentish Town
  To Purchase To Rent
Studio £375,000 - £750,000 £250 - £450 per week
1 bed £400,000 - £895,000 £300 - £550 per week
2 bed £575,000 - £1,000,000+ £370 - £695 per week
3-4 bed £690,000 - £1,500,000+ £525 - £1100 per week
5+ bed £1,500,000+ £1100+ per week

The above data represents an average range of property prices in the area. We have excluded extremes of pricing from our data set.

Education

Education in the UK is compulsory for children between the ages of 5 and 16. Many state-funded schools offer a nursery class from age 4 and independent nursery from as young as 6 months. There is also a choice of both state and independent schools that offer higher education to age 18.

The Local Authority (LA) for the area is Camden and it is responsible for state-funded schools, including their admissions.
www.camden.gov.uk/ccm/navigation/education

The Local Authority (LA) for the north east of Kings Cross is Islington and it is responsible for state-funded schools, including their admissions.
www.islington.gov.uk/services/schools-learning/Pages/default.aspx

Kings Cross Academy, a new nursery and primary school opened in 2015 and is set to become very popular with young families moving into the area. Families often to move to Camden to be close to the Camden School for Girls, a top performing state secondary school. There are also several independent secondary school alternatives in the area.

To view a map showing schools in the local area, please click the button below. Each school on the map can be clicked to show further information, including OFSTED ratings, exam results, age ranges and number of pupils.

Schools Map

Key

  • Primary
  • Ranked in Top 10%
  • Requires Improvement
  • Secondary
  • Oustanding
  • Inadequate
  • Primary and Secondary
  • Good
  • Independent School

We can help you to get round the nuances of the British schooling system with our school search services. We offer a range of programmes, from basic consultancy with one of our education specialists, to detailed reporting on every suitable school for your child or children, through to fully accompanied school inspections where we take you to see your top school choices.

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Local Authority, Taxation and Crime Rates

Camden Council is the administrative authority responsible for the local area. They levy an annual charge known as ‘Council Tax’ for local services such as waste collection, street lighting, police and fire services. You should expect to pay Council Tax whether you are renting or buying.
www.camden.gov.uk
www.camden.gov.uk/ccm/navigation/council-and-democracy/council-tax

London Borough of Islington is the administrative authority responsible for the north east of Kings Cross. They levy an annual charge known as ‘Council Tax’ for local services such as waste collection, street lighting, police and fire services. You should expect to pay Council Tax whether you are renting or buying.
www.islington.gov.uk
beta.islington.gov.uk/council-tax

The police authority for the area is Metropolitan. For non-emergency calls to the police, phone 101.
content.met.police.uk/Home

Your local Member of Parliament (MP) is elected by their local constituents to represent their interests and concerns in the House of Commons.
www.parliament.uk/mps-lords-and-offices/mps

A good source of information for crime rates in the area is ‘Illustreets’. The website has a great interactive map which provides detailed local statistics, including standards of living.
illustreets.co.uk/explore-england

Shopping

In Kings Cross there are several food markets to choose from that open throughout the week and some high street shops can be found in Kings Cross station. Waitrose supermarket has just opened one of its largest London branches within the newly regenerated area and as the regeneration continues more shopping facilities will become available with various high street chains already securing planned premises.

Camden is world famous for its markets which sell all manner of interesting items including vintage clothing and antiques. The markets get very busy at weekends, so ensure you are prepared for a full shopping experience. Camden also has many specialist boutiques and interesting small shops to be found along the High Street, Parkway and Chalk Farm Road. As well as the smaller shops, many everyday high street stores can be found there.

Kentish Town’s shops and cafés are very basic and of average or below quality. This combined with the busy flow of traffic on the high street deters many shoppers.

There are five main supermarkets chains in the UK: Asda, Morrisons, Sainsburys, Tesco and Waitrose. However, they now face competition from other brands such as Aldi, Lidl, The Co-Op and Marks & Spencer. Most offer on-line shopping facilities as well as Ocado, which is the only completely online grocery retailer in the UK, that offers Waitrose quality produce.

Waitrose and Marks and Spencer offer higher quality produce with prices reflecting this. Sainsbury’s and Tesco offer good value for money for a weekly family shop and Asda, Morrisons and The Co-Op are competitively priced with a larger range of budget everyday items. Aldi and Lidl are German brands that stock produce typical to the UK. They are often referred to as discount stores and offer fewer products.

As part of our Home Search Programme, we will orientate you around your target areas and show you where the nearest shopping centres and supermarkets are.

Home Search Programmes

Leisure Facilities

Kentish Town Sports Centre - 2 swimming pools, 2 exercise studios and a fully equipped gym.
www.better.org.uk/leisure/kentish-town-sports-centre

Talacre Community Sports Centre – offers a floodlit AstroTurf pitch, a gymnastics hall, a multi-purpose sports hall and a soft play centre for the under 10's.
www.camden.gov.uk/ccm/navigation/leisure/sport-and-physical-activity/sports-centres/talacre-community-sports-centre

Odeon Cinema –on Parkway in Camden has 5 screens that shows arthouse movies as well as mainstream releases.
www.odeon.co.uk/cinemas/camden

Pancras Square Leisure Centre - offers a large gym, 2 studios offering various fitness classes, swimming pool, Jacuzzi, sauna and steam rooms.
www.better.org.uk/venues/pancras-square

Local Attractions

Regents Park - partly located in Camden and is managed by the Royal Parks Agency. It is mainly open parkland which supports a wide range of facilities and amenities including the Open Air Theatre. It is the largest outdoor grass area for sports in Central London.
www.royalparks.org.uk

London Zoo - also located in Regents Park. The Roundhouse Theatre on Chalk Farm Road is where famous names such as the Rolling Stones, Jimmi Hendrix and Pink Floyd made their names. The Roundhouse Trust was established in 1998 to raise money to redevelop the theatre as a venue for young people to develop their creative talents.
www.zsl.org/zsl-london-zoo

The British Library – with over 150 million items, a copy of every publication produced in the UK and Ireland, artwork and historical works. A guided tour around it is the best way to take it all in.
www.bl.uk

London Canal Museum - gives you the chance to learn about the history of the man-made waterways in London and how they were once used.
www.canalmuseum.org.uk

Camley Street Natural Park- set in the heart of Kings Cross, two acres of woodland, water and wild meadow, give it a secret garden feel and popular with locals and children. The park is run by London Wildlife Trust and with its natural environment attracts a variety of wild and plant life.
www.wildlondon.org.uk

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