London's newest street opened on Friday, to little fanfare. King's Boulevard runs from the German Gymnasium at the back of the station, through to Goods Way. Here, it meets a new bridge over the Regent's Canal that will soon convey thousands of students and staff into the new University of the Arts facilities fronted by the old Granary Building.
King's Boulevard is still very much a work in progress. Builders' hoardings line the entire route, and will do for the next few years while new commercial buildings and public spaces are constructed.
That's not to suggest the route is unpleasant. A gentle curve and slope, with no motor vehicles to dodge (yet), give the boulevard a promising potential, although much will depend on the quality of the buildings that will one day line the street. Curvy, white benches and newly planted plane trees work well with the light-gravelled footpath. The developer has also placed numerous information panels along the route, offering a brief history (and future) of these beguiling lands.