A recent reference to the “river Fleet buried below” the new King’s Cross station raises an interesting point. The new ticket hall takes its semi-circular shape from the curve of the Great Northern hotel, a protected building, which it abuts. Built in the 1850s, the hotel’s shape was itself determined by a bend in the by now culverted river Fleet. So although the river is now invisible, it continues to exert its influence on the landscape.
The river can still be heard rising from the iron grating outside the Coach and Horses pub, just off Farringdon Road.