King's Cross Updated: 7 months ago

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King's Cross is an area in Central London that has undergone significant regeneration in recent years, transforming it from a relatively overlooked part of the city to a vibrant hub for culture, dining, and shopping.

King’s Cross is a major transport hub with King’s Cross and St Pancras International stations side by side. King’s Cross station hosts the fictional Platform 9¾ from the Harry Potter series, complete with a trolley disappearing into the wall you can pose with. There’s also a Harry Potter shop right next to the platform. Across the road, you’ll find St Pancras International with the magnificent red brick building that now hosts the St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel, familiar from Harry Potter movies. There are many options for food and drinks close to the stations such as The German Gymnasium offering German cuisine and beer.

British Library, with its huge collection of books and items such as the Magna Carta and Shakespeare’s First Folio, is located a short walk from the stations.

More recent developments around King’s Cross include Granary Square with choreographed fountains and an outside movie experience right on the side of Regent’s Canal, which is one of the main “features” of King’s Cross. There are several restaurants and bars around the canal, for example, The Gas Station, The Lighterman and the Coal Office. Coal Drops Yard is a new shopping and dining area that opened in 2018, is housed in former Victorian coal warehouses and boasts a variety of boutiques and eateries. Canopy Market is a food market just off Granary Square with a good selection of food and even drink stalls from Friday to Sunday.

Again next to Regent’s Canal, you’ll find King’s Place, which is a venue for music and art, with concert halls and art galleries that offer a range of entertainment options.

Camley Street Natural Park is a nice escape to nature in an otherwise densely built urban landscape.

Getting there

King's Cross and St. Pancras stations are located side-by-side in the centre of King's Cross providing excellent access to the area, by train or by one of the many tube lines that have a stop there.

Nearby

King's Cross is a great starting point for exploring other parts of London. Covent Garden , Soho , and the British Museum are all within a short tube or bus ride.

Nearest Stations

King's Cross St Pancras - 9 min

Metropolitan Northern Piccadilly Circle Victoria Hammersmith & City London Underground Zone: 1

Mornington Crescent - 12 min

Northern London Underground Zone: 2

Euston - 13 min

London Overground Zone: 1

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