App Description

Streetstories Extra has 70 stories, over two hours of audio and it is downloadable only at a WiFi location.

The app is an immersive audio walking guide with a difference.

As you walk through the streets of King’s Cross, London, the app will automatically activate stories relevant to your GPS location. Whether you’re a first time visitor or a local resident, walk with fresh ears and eyes as you hear tales - old and new - from this part of London.

Explore 70 stories with over two hours of audio. From Charles Dickens’s childhood to the 90s clubbing scene, we hear from artists, musicians, historians, architects and residents.

Alternatively if you’d rather listen off-location, use the app in manual mode to access all of the stories.

The app covers King’s Cross, St Pancras and Somers Town.

Produced by the Guardian, whose UK offices are in the landmark Kings Place development in King’s Cross, the app provides an entertaining and atmospheric experience of the ‘Railwaylands’ area - rich in history, and rapidly regenerating.

Download the app now to hear the area's history.

Full feature list:
Multi-layered audio with sounds, music and stories
70 stories, including interviews, music readings and archive. Listen to stories about:
Culture: Clubbers reminisce about the nightlife scene on Goods Way, home to Bagleys Warehouse and The Cross and we hear the seedy story of the Scala cinema
Architecture: Gilbert Scott’s neo-gothic St Pancras station and the German Gymnasium
Literature: Readings and poetry set in the area
News: From escaped bears to the 7/7 bombing
Regeneration: The vision and details of the vast 67-acre site now under construction including the Granary Building, now re purposed to hold the cutting edge University of the Arts London - Central St Martins
Social history: From dustheaps and cattle markets to gentrification
The Railways: How Thomas Hardy, as an apprentice architect, helped move the bodies at St Pancras old church cemetery to make way for the new railway
Custom map view: Stories are mapped with dots - use pinch and zoom to help navigate
Dual playback modes for on-location or off-location use. Autoplay uses GPS to keep track of your location, and auto-activate stories. Manual mode allows users to activate stories and listen from off-location by tapping on story dots
Locate me button: Pinpoint your position in autoplay mode

NOTE: We’d appreciate feedback on your experience, and suggestions for how we might improve any future versions. Please leave feedback in the App Store or contact [email protected] The app is developed in partnership with Calvium, Ltd.

Terms of use: All content in the King’s Cross, London - Streetstories Extra app is © Guardian News & Media Limited. Terms of Use and Privacy Policy apply when accessing content through the app. For full details, please see or

Following your download of the app, the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy can be found in the "Information" area.

iPhone Screenshots

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App Changes

  • June 08, 2014 Initial release

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