King's Cross was originally designed and built as the London Terminus of the Great Northern Railway on the site of a former smallpox hospital. The station was constructed in 1851/52, replacing a temporary station at Maiden Lane which had opened in 1850. The main part of the station - today's platforms 1 to 8 - was opened on 14 October 1852. The total cost of construction, including the purchase of the land, was about £190,000. King's Cross was connected with the Metropolitan Railway in 1863 and a suburban station opened in 1878. This latter was subsequently extended and then rebuilt. The present station concourse opened in 1973. In common with all the London Railway Termini, a hotel was essential, and the Great Northern Hotel opened in May 1854.

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