Towering over Kings Cross and the Regents Canal like a giant metal behemoth is the grade II listed Gasholder No.8. a relic of Kings Cross’ industrial past that, like much of the area’s heritage, is being salvaged, reused and given a new lease of life as part of the Kings Cross Regeneration.
Howdy! Our street art picture this week is this rather handsome cowboy. London isn’t really known for its stetson-wearing cowboys, so perhaps it comes as no surprise that this one comes courtesy of an LA-based graffiti artist, El Mac. You can read more about his work here.
For over 140 years the Regents Canal linked King’s Cross, one of the industrial heartlands of north London, to the major industrial cities of the North. The waterways no longer form a vital industrial transport artery, but after a period of decline and dereliction, they are seeing a renaissance, as the Kings Cross Regeneration enters an exciting new stage.
Packed into a sweaty tube, or fighting the crowds on Oxford Street: sometimes it’s easier to see London as a battleground, rather than somewhere to be explored and enjoyed. But London is also a very creative city – from its street art to its architecture – so we love the concept behind CitySketch London. This gorgeous book illustrates some of the capital’s most famous landmarks and stunning vistas with the aim of prompting the reader’s own creativity, and getting them to see the city just a little bit differently. We had the pleasure of speaking to Melissa Wood, the illustrator of the book, and someone who loves London almost as much as we do.