King's Cross and St Pancras, London

The area of King's Cross in London has seen a great deal of development during the past few years. Step off the Eurostar and explore one of London's most exciting areas.

King’s Cross is one of London’s most newly regenerated areas. With 50 new buildings, 20 new streets and 10 new public squares, it is a dynamic and exciting place to be. As indication, Google's UK office is due to move here in 2016, The Guardian newspaper headquarters are already here, and the Eurostar now connects London with mainland Europe.

It is also home to several cultural institutions – such as Central St Martins and Kings Place – as well as many bars and restaurants, like The St Pancras Grand.

King's Cross was named after a huge monument of King George IV in 1835, which stood where King's Cross station - designed by the architect Lewis Cubitt – now resides. Following the Second World War, this busy industrial district underwent economic decline and, by the 1990s, was in need of regeneration.

Travel to King's Cross and St Pancras by Train

King's Cross and St Pancras International stations both provide trains in and out of London. Some of the major UK cities that connect with King's Cross by rail are:

  • Leeds
  • York
  • Edinburgh
  • Cambridge
  • Nottingham

 

Travel Across London from King's Cross 

There are also a number of Tube lines and bus routes that stop at King's Cross St Pancras. You can also find taxis waiting outside both stations.

If you're going to be in London for more than a day, it's worth buying a Visitor Oyster Card in advance. The Visitor Oyster Card is delivered to your home before you arrive in London. It is one of the easiest ways to get around London.

If you do not have a Visitor Oyster Card, but still plan to travel around London for more than a day, buy an Oyster card at the Tube station. Learn more about Oyster Cards.

Eurostar: King's Cross and St Pancras International

St Pancras International is home to Eurostar, London's high-speed rail link with Paris, Brussels and continental Europe.

St Pancras station is also a great place to pick up last-minute gifts, gourmet food, clothes and accessories from stores that include Hamleys, Neuhaus and LK Bennett. Stop off at Europe's longest champagne bar for a well-deserved drink afterwards!

King's Cross station has also recently been restored; prominent new features include the stunning extension of its arched glass roof and an open-air piazza.

Culture in King's Cross

Relatively cheap rents and a central London location make King's Cross attractive to artists and designers, attractions and cultural establishments:

  • a major arts centre, Kings Place, next to the Regent's Canal hosts numerous art, music, live comedy and cultural events throughout the year
  • both Antony Gormley and Thomas Heatherwick have studios in the area
  • The London Sinfonietta and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment are both based here, alongside the Pangolin Sculpture Gallery;
  • Central St Martins College of Art and Design has taken up residence in the Granary Building, which looks out over Granary Square, a new public space decorated with more than 1,000 coloured fountains
  • the cutting-edge Gagosian Gallery moved its main London premises to King's Cross in 2004

Kings Cross has a heritage of nurturing arts and culture. The British Library is located next to St Pancras Station, displaying some of the world's most famous written and printed items, such as the Magna Carta (1215) and Shakespeare's First Folio. The London Canal Museum commemorates the importance of London's canals. The fascinating Foundling Museum tells the story of the Foundling Hospital, London's first home for abandoned babies. The area also features a number of theatres, including the Shaw Theatre and the Bloomsbury Theatre.

The Camley Street Natural Park is a great way to escape the hustle and bustle of King's Cross: spot wildlife, relax by the pond and learn more at the park's visitor centre. The peaceful St Pancras Old Church is also worth a visit: look out for the Grade I listed mausoleum of Sir John Soane, which inspired the design of London's red telephone boxes.

Eat, Drink and Party in King's Cross

King's Cross is full of lively bars, some of which are relatively new to the area, such as, the Spanish Camino, Drink Shop Do and VOC.

If you're feeling peckish, there is a great selection of restaurants, including the Caravan cafe, Golden Arrow at Pullman London St Pancras or Bruno Loubet’s Grain Store.

Pubs in the area include The Lighterman, The Fellow, and The Driver.

For a quick snack at lunch, the Sourced Market in St Pancras International station offers a diverse range of gourmet foods.

Alternatively, the exquisite St Pancras Renaissance Hotel – which was originally built by Sir George Gilbert Scott, and saved from demolition by Sir John Betjeman, despite his comment that it was "too beautiful and too romantic to survive" – is the perfect place to treat that special someone: take them for drinks in the Booking Office bar, or for a meal at The Gilbert Scott. You'll also find an all-day restaurant, Plum + Spilt Milk, in the historic Great Northern Hotel, London's first railway hotel.

King's Cross is a great place to party! The Scala and the Big Chill House are both in close proximity. Venture a bit further north for Egg, a three-floor club venue with a great outdoor area for lounging.

King's Cross is just a short walk from Euston Station – find out more about hotels and attractions near Euston.

The King's Cross Partnership was established to fund regeneration projects and the first stage is now open to the public. You can find out more about the current redevelopment at the King's Cross Visitor Centre.

King's Cross Attractions

King's Cross St Pancras International Station
Eurostar's London terminus and a busy Tube & train station, King's Cross St Pancras also features shops, restaurants and bars
St Pancras Grand
The longest champagne bar in Europe
Gagosian Gallery
London's Gagosian Gallery shows contemporary art by big names like Andy Warhol and Damien Hirst
Canal Museum
This museum tells the story of London's canals, their people, cargoes, boats and trade
The Shaw Theatre
The Shaw Theatre brings you loads of the best new drama, comedy, dance and music in the comfort of a modern theatre
Bloomsbury Theatre
The Bloomsbury has something for all tastes, from comedy to drama, music to dance and much more
Camley Street Natural Park
This tiny oasis of nature near King's Cross is one of the oldest and most influential of urban ecology parks
St Pancras Old Church
Sitting on what is believed to be one of the oldest sites of worship in England, it also contains Sir John Soane's mausoleum
Drink Shop Do
A design shop and café bar selling products from emerging designers alongside vintage furniture and home wares
Betjeman Arms
The Betjeman Arms is a gastropub situated in St Pancras Station serving British cuisine
The Fellow
A modern pub & dining room serving a quality selection of beers, ales, wines and spirits alongside excellent British cuisine
St Pancras Renaissance
The hotel, housed in a glorious Gothic-revival building, features the Gilbert Scott restaurant and Booking Office bar
Scala Nightclub
Anything goes at Scala - live music, DJs, dress ups, steampunk, folk, circus or cabaret shows
Big Chill House
The Big Chill House is a large bar on Pentonville Road. There is a resident DJ and many different areas based on eras
Egg London
This multi-floored night club features top nights and has a great outdoor terrace for those cooling off periods
King's Cross Visitor Centre
Public information centre providing information on local amenities, social and geographical history and the new development
Golden Arrow
This open-plan restaurant pairs European-style dishes with fine wines offered by the glass and a range of worldwide whiskies