Accommodations in London near Kings Cross
Kings Cross (London, United Kingdom)
Kings Cross is London’s New Centre of Cool
It is believed that in 61 AD the battle between the Roman invaders and Queen Boudica took place at the ancient crossing of the Fleet River, known as Battle Bridge. Legend has it that Boudica’s final resting place is beneath Platform 9 or 10 at King’s Cross Station. Wow, so much has changed since then! Today Kings Cross is a hive of activity that captures the very special quality of London. It’s also a major rail hub with the Eurostar terminal at St. Pancras, and national trains at King’s Cross Station. What’s most significant however is that holiday makers travel from across the globe to make the most of this world-famous holiday destination.
King’s Cross Station – A Magical Place
Whether you’re a Ravenclaw or a Gryffindor fan, either way you can’t miss the opportunity to snap a pic at Platform 9 ¾, the most famous scene featured in the Harry Potter series. All you have to do is look out for the luggage trolley that’s embedded in the wall, and your Hogwarts Express journey begins. Don’t forget the Harry Potter shop, it’s a must-do for any fan, and handy if you want to pick up a memento or two.
Once you are satisfied with your shopping, why not enjoy a leisurely walk along the revitalized Regent’s Canal to Granary Square, a public area with dancing fountains and an array of top Kings Cross restaurants. If you’ve worked up a good appetite, pop into Granary Square Brasserie, an all-day eatery in the heart of Kings Cross. You’ll be served classic British dishes inside cosy booths surrounded by vibrant colours and leather-bucket chairs. Make sure to try the signature cocktails before you leave.
The Best Bits of Kings Cross
Searching for things to do and world-class places to stay has never been easier. There are scores of fine Kings Cross hotels in the neighbourhood, there’s no way you can go wrong. St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel London is housed in a Gothic revival building that dates back to 1873. Here you will experience five-star treatment, an upscale deli, afternoon tea in a posh lounge, and a chic spa that will melt away the stress.
Top tourist attractions like the British Museum and National Gallery are a little more than a mile from the hotel, as well as other cultural establishments like the London Canal Museum and Francis Crick Institute. You should definitely try to include a visit to Kings Place while you’re in the area. It’s a landmark modern building and hub for art, music, and dining. If you are just passing by, you may want to browse the range of art galleries for free. Alternatively, you could take in a performance by the Aurora Orchestra, the resident orchestra at Kings Place. If you fancy a visit to the markets, Canopy Market is covered and operates over the weekend. It’s the perfect meeting place to enjoy live music, awesome street food, and some of the best design pieces from Indie traders.
One thing’s for sure, London’s Kings Cross cannot be conquered in a day or two. Make sure to set aside more than enough time to explore this renowned destination.
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