Travel, History, and Delights near St. Pancras International
Welcome to our comprehensive guide to London, one of the world's most vibrant and captivating cities. If you're planning a visit and considering travelling by train, you've come to the right place. From travel tips to cultural attractions and culinary delights, this guide will ensure that your London experience is unforgettable.
Are you travelling to London by train?
Travelling by train is an ideal option for reaching the heart of London. With its excellent connectivity, St. Pancras International serves as a gateway to the city, offering numerous benefits for visitors. Firstly, trains provide a convenient and efficient mode of transportation, ensuring a smooth and comfortable journey. Secondly, arriving at St. Pancras International grants you immediate access to the bustling King's Cross area, with its vibrant atmosphere and numerous amenities just steps away from the station.
Travel times into London St. Pancras
If you're curious about travel times, we've got you covered. The HS1 line provides swift connections to St. Pancras International from various popular UK and European destinations. Here are a few examples of the fastest travel times:
- Paris to London: Just over 2 hours and 15 minutes.
- Brussels to London: Approximately 2 hours.
- Amsterdam to London: Around 3 hours and 55 minutes.
To plan your journey and book tickets simply visit the train companies' website.
Discover the area's rich history and cultural offerings
London is renowned for its rich history and vibrant cultural scene, and the King's Cross area, where St. Pancras International is located, is no exception. Explore the unique charm of St. Pancras itself, with its stunning Victorian architecture, shopping boutiques, and delectable dining options. While in London, don’t forget to immerse yourself in the city's heritage with a visit to iconic landmarks like the British Library and the Tower of London.
Find out more about the History of St. Pancras here!
Taste the best of London: Food and drink experiences near St. Pancras
London is a food lover's paradise. The area surrounding St. Pancras International is no exception, offering an array of dining experiences to tantalise your taste buds. Whether you're in the mood for traditional British cuisine, international flavours, or trendy street food, you'll find something to satisfy every craving. From charming cafés to award-winning restaurants, the diverse culinary scene near St. Pancras is sure to leave you spoilt for choice.
Top 10 things to see and do near St. Pancras:
To make the most of your visit to London, we've compiled a list of top attractions and experiences near St. Pancras International, and lots of them are free! Here are some highlights:
- Indulge in some retail therapy at St. Pancras International.
- Visit the British Library and explore its vast collection of books and manuscripts.
- Embark on a Harry Potter-themed tour starting at St. Pancras International before going to King's Cross Station, platform 9¾.
- Take a leisurely stroll along Regent's Canal and enjoy the picturesque scenery.
- Experience the vibrant arts scene around the station, from Tracey Emin’s ‘I Want My Time With You’ to Shezad Dawood’s ‘Alice Liddell’.
- Alfresco dining at The Betjeman Arms.
- Stop for a glass of fizz at Europe’s Longest Champagne Bar, Searcy’s St. Pancras
- Explore the trendy neighbourhoods of Shoreditch and Hoxton, known for their street art, independent boutiques.
- Visit The Standard Hotel’s rooftop bar for incredible views of the area.
- Catch a performance at the West End and immerse yourself in London's theatre culture.
How long does it take to walk between Euston and St Pancras?
Euston station is a short 11 minute walk from St. Pancras. We recommend you take the Euston Walkway to avoid the pollution of Euston road. More information available here.
Is Kings Cross St Pancras the same as St Pancras International?
Kings Cross St. Pancras is the underground service which runs to both Kings Cross station and St. Pancras International. Kings Cross Station and St. Pancras International are two separate stations, leading to different retailers. They’re just across the road from each other.
Does St. Pancras International have a tube station?
Yes. King’s Cross St Pancras Underground station links six London Underground lines – Circle, Piccadilly, Hammersmith & City, Northern, Metropolitan and Victoria. This makes it the biggest interchange on the London Underground, and one of the busiest.
Is there somewhere I can store my luggage while I explore the area?
Yes. You can store your luggage with Excess Baggage.
Why are Kings Cross and St Pancras so close together?
Private railway companies were big business in the Victorian period and they built railways to exploit economic opportunities. Kings Cross Station was built by the Great Northern Railway (GNR) as the terminus for its London to York line and opened in 1852. St Pancras Station was built by the Midland Railway Company (MRC) as the terminus of their lines from Derby and opened in 1868. Although railway companies occasionally used the same line this usually meant that the traffic was controlled by the company that owned the line and thus was not operated to the benefit of the competitor. This is what happened to the MRC when they wanted to bring their goods to London so they decided to seek powers to build their own line and station. Given the area of the country they served the only option for a terminus was between Euston and Kings Cross. An additional reason why the three stations are located just to the north of Euston Road is due to a Parliamentary Commission of 1846 that decided that railway termini could not be built within a designated area to protect the City the northern boundary of which was Euston Road.