KEYSTONE CRESCENT, KING’S CROSS
Keystone Crescent, namesake of our Keystone frame.
Formerly Caledonian Crescent, this Victorian terrace curves off the Pentonville end of ‘the Cally’, veering away from the towering gothic spires of St. Pancras.
Once home to a children’s asylum, the crescent was turned into housing in response to the area’s growing reputation as a transport hub.
The conservation area grade townhouses that make up this crescent are charming, if slightly dishevelled - with Welsh slate roofs, arched windows and curved walls.
It’s exactly the sort of London you see in the movies, the pebbled street outside peppered with ornate lampposts.
But there’s more than meets the eye to this delectable little curve.
Buried below a non-descript door sits another Keystone Crescent, but this one serves pink gins and negronis and is only open to those in the know, and in possession of a secret code.
Go lower still and you’ll find yourself in a maze of train tunnels, with the River Fleet weaving through them. But it’s not just the subterranean activity that makes this street special; it’s also the smallest crescent in Europe - a big claim to fame when it comes to being small.
Images by George Baxter