London area of King's Cross guide

What to do and where to stay in London's King's Cross neighbourhood

Named after a vast monument dedicated to King George IV in 1835, which used to stand where the station is today, King's Cross cropped up on the site of a village previously known as Battle Bridge. This village was located by an ancient crossing of the River Fleet and was rumoured to be the setting for a major battle between the Romans and Queen Boudicca's Iceni tribe. King's Cross was one of London's poorest districts in the 19th century and was the playground of Dickens' Oliver Twist. Post World War II, the area declined further, with many industrial buildings left to go derelict. A big redevelopment push, however, has transformed the make-up of King's Cross, which is now home to all manner of cultural institutions, including The British Library, King's Place, The Wellcome Collection, The Foundling Museum, London Canal Museum, Gagosian Art Gallery, the offices of The Guardian and The Observer newspapers, and The Place, London's specialist venue for contemporary dance. The seemingly out-of-place Camley Street Natural Park is a two-acre wildlife reserve a stone's throw from the area's redevelopment on the banks of the Regent's Canal, while the Greek-style St Pancras Parish Church is London's most expensive church after St Paul's Cathedral. King's Cross is dominated by the imposing (and newly restored) Grade I listed St Pancras railway station, arguably one of the finest stations in the world and now, with the Eurostar service, a gateway to Europe. The famous Platform Nine and Three-Quarters from the Harry Potter films is located in the main train terminal, providing quick access to Hogwarts (provided you can walk through the brick wall).

See our recommended nearby King's Cross Hotels, Events, Entertainment, Sights and Attractions, Shopping, Restaurants, Pubs, Nightlife, Leisure, Education, and Meeting Venues.

King's Cross Hotels

in or near King's Cross
Great Northern Hotel
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel
King's Cross St Pancras Station, N1C
Originally designed by Lewis Cubitt and opened on 17th May 1854, The Great Northern Hotel in King's Cross, one of the first examples of the great ... More
 
 
 
St. Pancras Renaissance London Hotel
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel
Euston Road, NW1
A triumph of neo-Gothic splendour, the red brick Grade I listed hotel has been painstakingly restored by architect Geoff Mann who worked with English Heritage to ... More
 
 
 
Pullman London St Pancras
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel
100-110 Euston Road, NW1
A smart modern hotel that offers fine dining, large, airy rooms and an ideal location at a very reasonable price. Just a few minutes from Euston ... More
 
 
 

King's Cross Events

in or near King's Cross
Deaths And Entrances: Dylan Thomas Symposium
London > Events > Exhibitions
Kings Place, 90 York Way, King's Cross, London N1
Dannie Abse, Dan Llywelyn Hall, Andrew Lycett and George Tremlett discuss poet Dylan Thomas.... More
 
 
 
Kate Miller Heidke
London > Events > Concerts
Scala, 275 Pentonville Road, King's Cross, King's Cross, London N1
The Australian singer, who is classically trained, take the alternative pop route.... More
 
 
 
Bridget Christie: A Bic For Her
London > Events > Comedy
Kings Place, 90 York Way, King's Cross, London N1
Passionate deconstruction of everyday sexism from the 2013 Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Award winner.... More
 
 
 

King's Cross Entertainment

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Scala
London > Entertainment > Live Music
275 Pentonville Road, King's Cross, London N1
Housed inside the old King's Cross Cinema, the Scala might be a bit tattered around the edges but this only adds to its battered charm. The ... More
 
 
 
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Kings Place
London > Entertainment > Arts Centres
90 York Way, King's Cross, London N1
Just 150 metres from King's Cross and St Pancras stations and with a waterside setting, the Dixon-Jones designed Kings Place combines the offices of The Guardian ... More
 
 
 
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The Lexington
London > Entertainment > Live Music
96-98 Pentonville Road, King's Cross, London N1
The Lexington is both a music venue and an English pub that thinks it's an American speakeasy. While this may sound like trying to please all ... More
 
 
 

King's Cross Sights and Attractions

The best museums, galleries, attractions in or near King's Cross
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London Canal Museum
London > Attractions > Museums
12-13 New Wharf Road, King's Cross, London N1
A trip to the Canal Museum reveals there's more to London's man-made waterways than just enjoying a day out in a narrow boat. You'll learn about ... More
 
 
 
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British Library
London > Attractions > Museums
96 Euston Road, King's Cross, London NW1
With over 150 million items, a copy of every publication produced in the UK and Ireland, artwork by artists such as Antony Gormley and Eduardo Paolozzi, ... More
 
 
 
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John Ritblat Gallery - Treasures of British Library
London > Attractions > Art Galleries
The British Library, 96 Euston Road, King's Cross, London NW1
The John Ritblat Gallery contains a permanent display of over 200 of the British Library's greatest treasures. It includes documents which made and recorded history, ... More
 
 
 

King's Cross Shopping

The best shops and markets in or near London's King's Cross
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Drink Shop & Do
London > Shopping > 9 Caledonian Road, King's Cross, London N1
Drink Shop & Do is a unique fusion of design shop and café bar, selling products from emerging designers alongside vintage furniture and home wares. Located ... More
 
 
 
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Foyles St Pancras International
London > Shopping > Books
St Pancras International, Pancras Road, King's Cross, London NW1
The family-run Foyles book shop has been in the book selling business since 1906. Books on a broad range of subjects from fiction and poetry to ... More
 
 
 
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Sourced Market
London > Shopping > Markets
St Pancras International, King's Cross, London NW1
Since opening in August 2009, the UK's first produce market to be located in a train station aims to bring the best from local and artisan ... More
 
 
 

King's Cross Restaurants

What are the best dining options in or near King's Cross London?
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Camino
London > Restaurants > Spanish restaurants
3 Varnishers Yard, The Regents Quarter, King's Cross, London N1
Camino - meaning road in Spanish - is born from owner Richard Bigg's love of all things Spanish. This place in Kings Cross does a roaring ... More
 
 
 
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Yalla Yalla
London > Restaurants > Middle Eastern restaurants
King's Cross Station, Mezzanine Level, King's Cross, London N1C
Light mezze, wraps and superior Lebanese street food is served from a kiosk on the mezzanine level of King's Cross station by Yalla Yalla, a restaurant ... More
 
 
 
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06 St Chad's Place
London > Restaurants > International restaurants
6 St Chad's Place, King's Cross, London WC1X
Tucked away behind the Thameslink in King's Cross 06 St Chad's Place is a cafe, restaurant and bar in a striking architecturally designed conversion of a ... More
 
 
 

King's Cross Pubs

The best pubs in or near London King's Cross.
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The Harrison
London > Nightlife > Pubs
28 Harrison Street, King's Cross, London WC1H
Originally built in the 1880s by Samuel Harrison to refresh the workers in his shoe factory, The Harrison pub's current building dates back to 1934. Owned ... More
 
 
 
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The Lamb
London > Nightlife > Pubs
94 Lamb's Conduit Street, King's Cross, London WC1N
On the peaceful, pedestrianised Lamb's Conduit Street, hidden behind an 18th century facade, is The Lamb, a beautifully preserved Grade II listed Victorian pub. The pub ... More
 
 
 
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The Easton
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
22 Easton Street, King's Cross, London WC1X0DS
Freezing cold and slightly wet, we took shelter in this welcoming pub for a bite to eat... but they practically had to roll us out of ... More
 
 
 

King's Cross Nightlife

King's Cross clubs, bars, cabaret nights, casinos and interesting nightlife.
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The Big Chill House
London > Nightlife > Bars
257-259 Pentonville Road, Kings Cross, , King's Cross, London N1
From the outside, The Big Chill House building looks spectacular, a floodlit white townhouse that puts the grimy environs of King's Cross to shame. The interior ... More
 
 
 
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Scala
London > Nightlife > Nightclubs
275 Pentonville Road, King's Cross, King's Cross, London N1
Housed inside the old King's Cross Cinema, the Scala might be a bit tattered around the edges but this only adds to its battered charm. The ... More
 
 
 
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Smithy's Wine Bar
London > Nightlife > Wine Bars
16-17 Leeke Street, King's Cross, London WC1X
An unexpected surprise, located in a King’s Cross backstreet you never knew existed, yet still only a five-minute walk from the tube, this wine-bar-cum-restaurant offers a ... More
 
 
 

King's Cross Leisure

King's Cross gyms, sporting activities, health & beauty and fitness.
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St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel Spa
London > Leisure > Health and Beauty
St Pancras Renaissance Hotel, Euston Road, King's Cross, London NW1
The lavishly restored St Pancras Renaissance Hotel has attracted a lot of attention since opening in 2011 as part of the grand Eurostar relocation. The Hotel's ... More
 
 
 
General Chiropractic Council
London > Leisure > Health and Beauty
44 Wicklow Street, King's Cross, London WC1X
Chiropractic... More
 
 
 
National College of Karate
London > Leisure > Martial Arts
Corner of Judd Street and Cromer Street, King's Cross, London WC1H
Martial Arts ... More
 
 
 

King's Cross Education

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The Place
London > Education > Evening Classes
17 Duke's Road, King's Cross, London WC1H
London's specialist venue for contemporary dance, The Place plays a role in every aspect of this fast-growing art form. The London Contemporary Dance School offers degrees ... More
 
 
 
 
London Swing Dance Society
London > Education > Evening Classes
31 Rashleigh House, King's Cross, London WC1H
Wedding Survival, Lindy Hop, Boogie-Woogie, Ballroom, Shim Sham, Charleston, Lead & Follow, Styling... More
 
 
 

King's Cross Meeting Venues

Where to have your meeting, conference, exhibition, private dining or training course in or near King's Cross.
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Kings Place
London > Business > Venue Hire
90 York Way, King's Cross, London N1
Just 150 metres from King's Cross and St Pancras stations, the Dixon-Jones designed Kings Place offers conference organisers two auditoriums, two art galleries and a wide ... More
 
 
 
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British Library Conference Centre
London > Business > Venue Hire
96 Euston Road, King's Cross, London NW1
As the national library of the United Kingdom the British Library is renowned for its world class collection of books but its Conference Centre is something ... More
 
 
 
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The Foundling Museum
London > Business > Venue Hire
40 Brunswick Square, King's Cross, London WC1N
The Foundling Museum is one of London's real hidden treasures. Originally established in 1739 as a hospital which looked after abandoned children, the museum now tells ... More
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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