Our New Neighbourhood
Since January 2019, teaching and learning, including our faculty staff and book library, has been housed in a spacious, purpose-built educational facility at Vernon Square, located in King’s Cross, London. This is while our permanent home at Somerset House is being transformed as part of our major project, Courtauld Connects, to open up our teaching facilities and Gallery to even more people, and create exciting new study facilities.
King’s Cross is home to one of the biggest and most exciting redevelopment projects in London. The 67-acre site is being transformed into a new vibrant part of the city with the likes of Google HQ, UAL Central St Martins Campus, and many new homes, shops, offices, galleries, bars, restaurants and schools, moving into the area.
The location has excellent transport links, throughout London via buses and tubes (including the 24-hour night tube on the Victoria Line). You can even go directly into central Paris, using the Eurostar at St Pancras train station, which is only a short walk away from the campus.
Our campus at Vernon Square will also ensure we remain by London’s Museum Mile. This central location will offer students easy access to a wealth of museums, galleries and libraries, including the British Library, the British Museum and The National Gallery.
There is a strong sense of community in King’s Cross, brought together by the canal side setting, an exciting cultural scene, and a thriving business community. It is modern, it is innovative, and we think it is a great location for our students and academics to study and thrive during our temporary move from Somerset House.
Highlights of the area, suggested by our students:
To Eat :
Pizza Union – Cheap and quick fire-baked pizza on the walk from Kings Cross station to Vernon Square
Dishoom – pretty famous and popular restaurant serving Bombay inspired food. (Watch out for the queues after 5pm)
Kings Cross Square Friday Market – there is often a fresh food market of small independent vendors outside of Kings Cross station, which is often a great place to grab lunch.
Mildreds – Delicious Vegan and Vegetarian food, which is found in Soho, Shoreditch and also Kings Cross.
Other places of interest:
Coal Drops Yard – situated just behind Kings Cross, Coal Drops Yard hosts shops, food and drink establishments as well as frequent events.
House of Illustration & Lethaby Gallery – two new galleries located in granary square, the latter frequently shows work by UAL students
Wellcome Collection – further down Euston Road but worth the stroll is a museum and library dedicated to challenging how we all think and feel about health – often through thought provoking exhibitions.