If you’re travelling to London by train and want to get into the thick of the action as soon as you disembark, then you’ll probably be eager to hear what sort of things there are to see and do close to your station of arrival.
Well, this will depend on which of London’s many major rail hubs your train pulls into, although if you happen to be heading to King’s Cross St Pancras – where many trains to London end their journey – then you won’t have to move very far to find something interesting to do.
Once seen as something of a dodgy, crime-ridden area, King’s Cross has seriously cleaned up its act over recent years and is now a fantastic place to hang out.
For example, you could head down Euston to the British Library, while you’ll find the likes of the Magna Carta, Lewis Carroll’s manuscripts of Alice Under Ground, and even some hand-written Beatles lyrics form the pen of John Lennon on display.
Alternatively, start walking down Pentonville Road towards Angel, and you’ll soon pass a number of terrific cafes, bars and restaurants, such as Spanish wine bar chain Camino or the ever-popular Big Chill House – which is owned by the Big Chill record label and serves a variety of excellent cocktails.
By strolling down St Pancras Way, meanwhile, you’ll pass over the Regent’s Canal, so if the weather’s nice you might want to drop down onto the canal itself and take a walk along the water’s edge towards either Camden and Regent’s Park or Hackney and Victoria Park.
King’s Cross is also just a few minute’s walk from several great museums, including the likes of the Wellcome Collection, where you’ll find some truly fascinating exhibits relating to medical anthropology, as well as some amazing items on permanent display, such as Charles Darwin’s walking stick. Want to make a fantastic stay in London near King’s Cross; Book The Montcalm London Marble Arch Hotel and enjoy