• Where thinking joins up

    KQ is the new Knowledge Quarter at the heart of London.

  • A world-class knowledge cluster

    From the world’s earliest books and manuscripts to the latest fashion and creative designs and cutting-edge medical research.

  • A gateway to knowledge

    A space to interact and share ideas in close proximity. There is nowhere else like it.

  • Knowledge is fuel for the brain

    Get everyone connected and the possibilities are endless.

  • Collaboration and knowledge exchange

    A place to establish crucial connections to achieve productive partnerships,
    fruitful networks and creative interaction.


We are the focal point for one of the greatest knowledge clusters anywhere in the world, located in a small area around King’s Cross, the Euston Road and Bloomsbury.

Within a few hundred metres you can find knowledge resources ranging from the world’s earliest books and manuscripts to the latest fashion and creative designs and cutting-edge medical research.

As a gateway to knowledge of every kind, we open doors for visitors, students, researchers and people who live and work in this dynamic part of London.

As a space to interact and share ideas in close proximity there is nowhere else like it.

Individually, our members offer a dazzling array of knowledge resources. Our new partnership brings them all together for the first time.

Knowledge is fuel for the brain. Get everyone connected and the possibilities are endless. KQ is where thinking joins up.

Read our 2017 Annual Review

Read our 2018 Essays Series



KQ is a consortium of partner organisations of many different kinds but with one thing in common – we are all actively engaged in advancing and disseminating knowledge.

Our partners are a consortium of over 75 academic, cultural, research, scientific and media organisations large and small: from the British Library and University of the Arts London to the School of Life, Connected Digital Economy Catapult and Aga Khan University.

Global brands and small businesses alike are being drawn to an area that is exceptionally rich in knowledge resources.

Among our members are the Francis Crick Institute the leading global centre for medical research, and Google, who are building their new UK headquarters at King’s Cross.

KQ focuses support for innovation, collaboration and knowledge exchange. We have established crucial connections to achieve productive partnerships, fruitful networks and creative interaction. Knowledge Quarter has developed a recognisable brand which is signposting to our resources and enabling us to speak with a single voice on issues that are relevant to us.

We want to encourage all kinds of knowledge seekers to make the most of our combined resources. To break down barriers and stimulate dialogue, getting the whole of this unique area buzzing with ideas. To stimulate productive dialogue everywhere – from conference rooms and corridors to coffee shops.

KQ is establishing new connections with local people too. We are channeling opportunities for networking and collaboration with the knowledge community.

Together we are putting the area on the map as a world-class centre for the creation of knowledge.


KQ’s founding members are the British Library and University of the Arts London. Our consortium is governed by a board of ten organisations supported by a steering group representing the whole membership. The other board members are the British Museum, Camden Council, Islington Council,  UCL, Wellcome Trust, Regents High School and Google.


Our vision is a world-class knowledge and business hub for the 21st century.


Our mission is to encourage openness, innovation, networking and opportunity by making the facilities, collections and expertise of our members understood, available and used as widely as possible for the benefit of researchers, creative people, students and the whole community.


  • Increase the area’s profile through advocacy and stakeholder engagement
  • Facilitate knowledge exchange and identify opportunities for openness, collaboration and efficiencies
  • Increase access to resources and collections and create opportunities for local community engagement
  • Identify and support work that improves our local sustainable environment




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Upcoming events

Knowledge Quarter Private Tour: Treasures of the Asian & African Studies Reading Room

The Knowledge Quarter is delighted to invite staff and friends from Knowledge Quarter organisations to the next in our series of private tours and views. It will be on this occasion hosted at the British Library. You are invited to an exclusive private after-hours tour of the British Library's Asian & African Studies Reading Room and see some fascinating collection items.

Royal College of Physicians: Museum Lates

In celebration of the Royal College of Physicians’ 500th anniversary, the college’s museum is opening late on the first Thursday of the month during 2018. Discover truly remarkable – but surprisingly little known – collections,  featuring everything from artworks by Sir Joshua Reynolds, Sir Thomas Lawrence and Johann Zoffany, to scarce anatomical preparations and extraordinary medical instruments, all housed in a grade 1 listed ‘modernist masterpiece’ by Sir Denys Lasdun.

Knowledge Quarter Science and Innovation Audit Final KQ-Wide Workshop

The Knowledge Quarter has been selected as one of the third wave of Science and Innovation Audits. These are sponsored by government (BEIS) and their purpose is to investigate innovation capabilities and potentials in different parts of the UK. We would like to invite you to our second and final KQ-wide workshop, where we will present the first results of our SIA and discuss with partners potential recommendations and next steps.

KQ Private View: Deconstructing patterns: Art and Science in conversation at The Francis Crick Institute

The Knowledge Quarter (KQ) is delighted to invite staff from KQ organisations to our private views hosted at The Francis Crick Institute. You will have the opportunity to have an exclusive look at the Crick's new exhibition Deconstructing patterns: Art and Science in conversation. The exhibition provides an introduction to the surprising and beautiful world of microscopic patterns that can only be revealed by powerful tools and technologies.

Latest news

Make the most of apprenticeships

With qualifications now available up to degree level, and open to people of all ages, it’s a great time to consider how apprenticeships can support your organisation. Camden Apprenticeships offer a free employer service to help organisations employ the best talent.

Kacie Shoulders appointed Knowledge Quarter Operations and Marketing Intern

The Knowledge Quarter is pleased to announce the appointment of Kacie Shoulders as the Knowledge Quarter Operations and Marketing Intern. Kacie joins the Knowledge Quarter from The Royal Veterinary College where she is in her second year studying Biological Sciences. She will be with the knowledge quarter for the next six months, two days a week, alongside her studies.

Being Human festival 2018 – call for applications 

Led by the School of Advanced Study, University of London in partnership with the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the British Academy, Being Human Is the UK’s only national festival of the humanities, and is one of the largest national platforms for public engagement with humanities research. Check out the Call for Applications to see how you can get involved.

Send Love to Sunderland

The Churches Conservation Trust has launched an urgent crowdfunding campaign to save an important piece of Sunderland’s heritage. The charity needs to raise £20,000 by the end of March to unlock a further £2.8m of additional backing from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Guest posts


Sunderland SOS by Rachel Morley

Holy Trinity in Sunderland is collapsing. It is one of just two Grade I early Georgian churches surviving in the northeast of England. It has been on the Heritage at Risk register for several years and has been nominated as one of the ‘7 Most Endangered’ buildings in Europe. This church marks an important development in the history of Sunderland, which by the 1700s, was a vibrant and prosperous portal town. In particular, it was notable for its sea coal trade with France and the Netherlands.


Essays 2018

A fascinating set of essays written by KQ partners, commissioned to celebrate the three year anniversary of Knowledge Quarter.

Annual Review 2017

Knowledge Quarter Annual Review 2017.

Connections & Trust within the Knowledge Quarter

Research conducted to gain a better understanding of the networks that have begun to emerge, and how they contribute to new personal connections and relationships of trust.

Report Of The Public Realm Charrette: Phoenix Road And Randell’s Road

This report summarises the charrettes that took place on 20th/21st September 2016 at the Digital Catapult in the Euston Road where the two streets, Phoenix Road and Randell’s Road were discussed in detail.

KQ membership is open to organisations within a one-mile radius of King’s Cross that are actively engaged in the advancement and dissemination of knowledge.

If your organisation is interested in joining the Knowledge Quarter, please email us for more information and the relevant documentation. Each organisation is asked to sign a Partnership Agreement which forms the basis of a statement of intent and establishes a firm foundation for the project to succeed.

Partners pay an annual membership fee based on the size of their organisation or business: under 10 employees £500; 11‑100 employees £1,000; 101‑500 employees £2,000; 501‑1000 employees £8,000; 1,001‑3,000 employees £10,000; 3,001‑5,000 employees £15,000; 5,001‑10,000 employees £20,000. We also offer special discounts for charities and community associations.

It is all about creative interactions between science and business. You get innovation when great universities, leading-edge science, world-class companies and entrepreneurial start-ups come together. Where they cluster together you get some of the most exciting places on the planet. That is where you find creative ferment which drives a modern dynamic economy.

Royal Society Speech – Nov 2012
GEORGE OSBORNEFormer Chancellor of the Exchequer

This small area is home to one of the biggest concentrations of knowledge organisations in the world. Let’s shout about it. The Knowledge Quarter will put our combined resources on the map.

ROLY KEATINGChief Executive Office, British Library

When the University of the Arts London moved Central Saint Martins to Kings Cross in 2011 we expected that the combination of over 4,500 creative academics and students with friends at our neighbouring scientific, cultural and academic institutions would deliver new collaborations. That is indeed already happening and the launch of the Knowledge Quarter will give real impetus to these initiatives.

NIGEL CARRINGTONVice-Chancellor, University of the Arts London

London leads the way in supporting the UK’s knowledge economy. I am proud that within our great capital city we have leading international organisations that are coming together to find ways that they can support growth and innovation through research. I am delighted to endorse the Knowledge Quarter and will watch with interest how it progresses.

BORIS JOHNSONFormer Mayor of London

People and ideas are the beating heart of this dynamic part of London. The Knowledge Quarter will enable us to build on thriving connections between our world-class institutions, local businesses and communities.

MIKE COOKEChief Executive, Camden Council

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