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Charing Cross Railway StationA monument stands in front of this famous station in honour of the moment in history when the hamlet of Charing became the official centre of London. This dates from 1290 when Queen Eleanor's body rested here en route from Lincoln to be buried in Westminster Abbey. Her husband Edward I had 12 Eleanor crosses erected in her memory to mark the route, the last of which stood on the south side of Trafalgar Square until 1647. Even though distances to London are actually still measured from this point, the replacement Eleanor Cross has stood outside Charing Cross Station since around the time it opened in 1864. Today millions of people a year file past the memorial at Charing Cross on their way to and from London's bustling West End.

Services to Kent and suburban destinations in South London run from Charing Cross. The sister Tube Station nearby gives access to the Northern and Bakerloo Underground lines. Sitting right at the top of the Strand, the train station is a couple of hundred metres from Trafalgar Square and the National Gallery.

 

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Corinthia Hotel London
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel   from £450  26% off
Whitehall Place, SW1A | 1 minute from Charing Cross Railway Station
With 294 bedrooms, multi-level penthouse suites and terraces offering spectacular views of the River Thames, Trafalgar Square and Whitehall - the £300 million restoration of the ... More
 
 
 
The Trafalgar St. James London, Curio Collection by Hilton
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel   from £127  36% off
2 Spring Gardens, SW1A | 3 minutes from Charing Cross Railway Station
Almost in the shadow of Nelson's Column, and with the Palaces of Whitehall looming behind it, this hotel is at the heart of the Capital. ... More
 
 
 
Club Quarters Trafalgar Square
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel   from £115  22% off
8 Northumberland Avenue, WC2N | 3 minutes from Charing Cross Railway Station
A fantastic nineteenth century exterior hides a thoroughly modern hotel, with clean, minimalist design in the rooms. The biggest draw is the location, in the very ... More
 
 
 
 
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Waterloo Railway Station
London > Travel > Railway Stations
Waterloo Station, South Bank, London SE1 | 10 minutes from Charing Cross Railway Station
For a station that covers nearly 25 acres in total, there's very little space during rush hour as throngs of people desperately try to glimpse the ... More
 
 
 
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St Pancras International Station
London > Travel > Railway Stations
Euston Road, King's Cross, London NW1 | 31 minutes from Charing Cross Railway Station
St Pancras International is a triumph of nineteenth century station architecture and one of the wonders of London. You could even argue that it has a ... More
 
 
 
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King's Cross Railway Station
London > Travel > Railway Stations
Euston Road, King's Cross, London N1 | 32 minutes from Charing Cross Railway Station
The area surrounding King's Cross Railway Station has, in the past, had a reputation as a red light district after dark. But with the arrival of ... More
 
 
 
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Charing Cross Tube Station
London > Travel > Underground Stations
Trafalgar Square, Covent Garden, London WC2N | 1 minute from Charing Cross Railway Station
Charing Cross Tube Station gives access to the Northern and Bakerloo Underground lines and the mainline terminal runs services to Kent and suburban destinations in south ... More
 
 
 
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Circular Hop-on Hop-off Trip - Crown River Cruises
London > Travel > Boats
Blackfriars Pier, The Old Pump House, Paul's Walk, City, London EC4V | 22 minutes from Charing Cross Railway Station
This fun circular trip by Crown River Cruises allows you to traverse the banks of the Thames over a stretch jam-packed with famous landmarks and fabulous ... More
 
 
 
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London Cycling Campaign
London > Travel > Bicycles
2 Newhams Row, SE1 | 22 minutes from Charing Cross Railway Station
This bunch of eco-friendly pedal-pushers want to get London moving...by bicycle! London Cycling Campaign is a charitable company set up to expound the views of those ... More
 
 
 
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London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 6th October to 19th December 2020
Charing Cross Railway Station, Northumberland Avenue, WC2N | 1 minute from Charing Cross Railway Station
David Tennant, the well loved actor best known for playing Doctor Who, returns to the West End to star in Good, the first play from the ...More
 
 
 
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Nicolaes Maes: Dutch Master Of The Golden Age
London > Events > Exhibitions  Dates: 18th September 2020 at 11am-9pm & 19th and 20th September 2020 at 11am-4pm
Charing Cross Railway Station, Trafalgar Square, WC2N | 4 minutes from Charing Cross Railway Station
Nearly 50 paintings and drawings show how the artist moved away from historical and biblical paintings, to portraits and scenes of everyday life....More
 
 
 
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Life of Pi
London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 22nd June to 4th October 2020
Charing Cross Railway Station, Charing Cross Road, WC2H | 6 minutes from Charing Cross Railway Station
Based on one of the best-loved works of fiction, Yann Martel's Man Booker Prize winning novel, Life of Pi is brought to the stage "in her ...More
 
 
 
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Playhouse Theatre
London > Entertainment > Theatres
Northumberland Avenue, Westminster, London WC2N | 1 minute from Charing Cross Railway Station
A short step away from the main strip of West End theatres, the Playhouse's stylish curved facade is rather lost among the towering architecture of Charing ... More
 
 
 
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Boat Show Comedy Club
London > Entertainment > Comedy Clubs
Tattershall Castle, Victoria Embankment, Westminster, London SW1A | 2 minutes from Charing Cross Railway Station
The Boat Show Comedy Club aboard the Tattershall Castle has consistently good line-ups and has played host to some of the finest comedy acts on the ... More
 
 
 
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London Coliseum - English National Opera (ENO)
London > Entertainment > Theatres
St Martin's Lane, Covent Garden, London WC2N | 4 minutes from Charing Cross Railway Station
London Coliseum is a magnificent historic building and an excellent venue in which to enjoy the soaring sounds and high drama of some truly thrilling operas. ... More
 
 
 
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British Optical Association Museum
London > Attractions > Museums
42 Craven Street, WC2N | 1 minute from Charing Cross Railway Station
Run by the Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers the British Optical Association Museum in Charing Cross features historic examples of London-made spectacles from ... More
 
 
 
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The Strand Gallery
London > Attractions > Art Galleries
32 John Adam Street, Covent Garden, London WC2N | 2 minutes from Charing Cross Railway Station
Part of the Proud Galleries family, Proud Central became The Strand Gallery in 2010 expanding from a photography gallery to an exhibition space for all disciplines ... More
 
 
 
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Glass Room
London > Attractions >
Embankment Pier, Victoria Embankment, WC2N | 2 minutes from Charing Cross Railway Station
With Tom Dixon interiors, Glass Room is one of the more stylish ways to dine on the Thames. Brought to you by Bateaux London, ... More
 
 
 
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Davenports Magic Shop
London > Shopping > Specialists
7 Charing Cross Underground Shopping Arcade, Covent Garden, London WC2N | 3 minutes from Charing Cross Railway Station
From budding Harry Potters and bumbling Tommy Coopers to dynamic David Copperfields, Davenports is a haven for magicians of every level and ability. Non-magicians too are ... More
 
 
 
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Pan de Vie
London > Shopping > Delicatessens
5 New Row, WC2N | 5 minutes from Charing Cross Railway Station
Combining classic European baking with exotic flavours of the Far East, Pan de Vie delivers a visual treat of brilliantly-coloured sweet patisseries and ... More
 
 
 
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Hardys Original Sweet Shop
London > Shopping > Children's Gifts and Toys
25 New Row, Covent Garden, Covent Garden, London WC2N | 6 minutes from Charing Cross Railway Station
Retro sweet shops are all the rage at the moment. In the Covent Garden area alone you'll find half a dozen of them, one of which ... More
 
 
 
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Eat Cafe
London > Restaurants > Cafes and Delis
39 Villiers Street, Covent Garden, London WC2N | 1 minute from Charing Cross Railway Station
Food to go in its simplest form. Freeshly baked bread for hand-made made sandwhiches; home made soups; simple salads. Another high street option for fresh. fast ... More
 
 
 
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Herman Ze German - Villiers Street
London > Restaurants >
19 Villiers Street, Covent Garden, London WC2N | 1 minute from Charing Cross Railway Station
For healthy and efficient fast food in a central location try London's inaugural Herman Ze German outlet on Villiers Street between Charing Cross and Embankment. Open ... More
 
 
 
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Champagne Charlies
London > Restaurants > British restaurants
17 The Arches, Villiers St, Covent Garden, London WC2N | 1 minute from Charing Cross Railway Station
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Courtauld Institute of Art
London > Education > Arts and Drama
Somerset House, Covent Garden, London WC2R | 7 minutes from Charing Cross Railway Station
The Courtauld is one of the most prestigious art schools in the country, affiliated with the Oxbridge system and boasting a huge private location and prime ... More
 
 
 
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The London Film School
London > Education > Universities and Colleges
24 Shelton Street, Covent Garden, WC2H | 8 minutes from Charing Cross Railway Station
The London Film School is the oldest-established international school of film technique in the world. The school has contributed significantly to ... More
 
 
 
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Saw Swee Hock Student Centre
London > Education > Universities and Colleges
1 Sheffield Street, Holborn, London WC2A | 11 minutes from Charing Cross Railway Station
The award-winning Saw Swee Hock Student Centre, designed by Irish architects O'Donnell + Tuomey and awarded the RIBA London Building of the Year Award in 2014, ... More
 
 
 
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Victoria Embankment Gardens
London > Leisure > Parks and Gardens
Victoria Embankment, Villiers Street, Covent Garden, London WC2N | 1 minute from Charing Cross Railway Station
Created in 1874, the Victoria Embankment Gardens run parallel to the River Thames, creating a green walkway between Waterloo Bridge and Embankment, and are dotted with ... More
 
 
 
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ESPA Life at Corinthia
London > Leisure > Health and Beauty
Whitehall Place, Westminster, London SW1A | 2 minutes from Charing Cross Railway Station
The people at Espa take grooming pretty seriously, and quite rightly, when it comes to appearances it's often best to leave it to the experts. You'll ... More
 
 
 
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The Sanctuary
London > Leisure > Fitness
12 Floral Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E | 6 minutes from Charing Cross Railway Station
This day spa exclusively for women is a total pampering experience from the minute you step through the door. Located in bustling Covent Garden you'll soon ... More
 
 
 
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The Sherlock Holmes
London > Nightlife > Pubs
10 Northumberland Street, Covent Garden, London WC2N | 1 minute from Charing Cross Railway Station
Thirsty Sherlock Holmes fans look no further than this homage to the great detective himself and to original Victorian pubs. While you indulge in a soothing ... More
 
 
 
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The Clarence
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
53 Whitehall, Westminster, London SW1A | 3 minutes from Charing Cross Railway Station
Just a hundred yards from Trafalgar Square, the MOD and the Horse Guard's Parade, The Clarence has an undeniably impressive location that attracts both locals and ... More
 
 
 
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The Harp
London > Nightlife > Pubs
47 Chandos Place, Covent Garden, London WC2N | 4 minutes from Charing Cross Railway Station
The Harp, a welcoming bar in Covent Garden, is a traditional pub where the emphasis is firmly on real ale - earning it CAMRA's National Pub ... More
 
 
 
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Gordon's Wine Bar
London > Nightlife > Wine Bars
47 Villiers Street, Covent Garden, London WC2N | 1 minute from Charing Cross Railway Station
Home to Samuel Pepys in the 1680s, the building housing Gordon’s is now home to a regular, thriving crowd of drinkers of all ages and all ... More
 
 
 
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Bassoon Bar
London > Nightlife > Bars
Corinthia Hotel London, Whitehall Place, Westminster, London SW1A | 2 minutes from Charing Cross Railway Station
The cocktails in the Bassoon Bar are very good, expensive, yes, but very, very good. Not only that but the bar has a piano which is ... More
 
 
 
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Rockwell
London > Nightlife > Bars
2 Spring Gardens, Trafalgar Square, SW1A | 3 minutes from Charing Cross Railway Station
This bar is all about location, location, location. Overlooking Trafalgar Square, the Rockwell bar within the Trafalgar St. James hotel is a lush affair from a ... More
 
 
 
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Royal Society Of Arts
London > Business > Venue Hire
8 John Adam Street, Covent Garden, London WC2N | 3 minutes from Charing Cross Railway Station
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Banqueting House
London > Business > Venue Hire
Whitehall, Westminster, London SW1A | 4 minutes from Charing Cross Railway Station
The only surviving section of Whitehall Palace. In its heyday the largest royal palace in Europe, this historic venue is the only surviving section of Whitehall Palace ... More
 
 
 
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St Martins Lane Hotel
London > Business > Venue Hire
45 St. Martin's Lane, Covent Garden, London WC2N | 5 minutes from Charing Cross Railway Station
To enter the stunning St Martins Lane Hotel in the heart of London's Theatreland you pass through the tallest revolving door in London, a luminescent yellow-glass ... More
 
 
 
 

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Fourth Plinth: Heather Phillipson THE END
Fourth Plinth: Heather Phillipson THE END
Exhibitions | Until 26th March 2022 

Trafalgar Square 4 minutes walk from Charing Cross Railway Station

London born artist Heather Philipson puts an ice cream with a cherry on top on The Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar ...More

 
Hello, Dolly!
Hello, Dolly!
Theatre | Until 6th March 2021 

Adelphi Theatre 4 minutes walk from Charing Cross Railway Station

Multi Olivier and BAFTA Award winning Imelda Staunton plays meddlesome socialite turned matchmaker Dolly Levi, taking the title role in ...More

 
Underbelly Festival
Underbelly Festival
Theatre | Until 27th September 2020 

Underbelly Festival 6 minutes walk from Charing Cross Railway Station

The unrivalled Underbelly Festival presents over 70 shows for five months of comedy, cabaret and children's shows. In a temporary ...More

 
Life of Pi
Life of Pi
Theatre | Until 4th October 2020 

Wyndham's Theatre 6 minutes walk from Charing Cross Railway Station

Based on one of the best-loved works of fiction, Yann Martel's Man Booker Prize winning novel, Life of Pi is ...More

 
Hidden London: The Exhibition
Hidden London: The Exhibition
Exhibitions | Until 1st January 2021 

London Transport Museum 7 minutes walk from Charing Cross Railway Station

Experience an 'abandoned' Tube station and discover stories about Churchill in the Blitz at the London Transport Museum's exhibition, Hidden ...More

 
Future Engineers
Future Engineers
Exhibitions | Until 31st December 2020 

London Transport Museum 7 minutes walk from Charing Cross Railway Station

Explore the world of transport engineering in the Future Engineers gallery, a permanent display at the London Transport Museum since ...More

 
The Play That Goes Wrong
The Play That Goes Wrong
Theatre | Until 2nd May 2021 

Duchess Theatre 7 minutes walk from Charing Cross Railway Station

Presented by the award-winning, international comedy company Mischief Theatre, The Play That Goes Wrong follows the inept and accident prone ...More

 
The Woman In Black
The Woman In Black
Theatre | Until 27th March 2021 

Fortune Theatre 8 minutes walk from Charing Cross Railway Station

One of the less well-known West End fixtures, this adaptation of Susan Hill's gothic novel has been packing out houses ...More

 
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Theatre | Until 24th January 2021 

Palace Theatre 9 minutes walk from Charing Cross Railway Station

From the 36,000 retweets Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling got when she announced the ...More

 
The Comedy About A Bank Robbery
The Comedy About A Bank Robbery
Theatre | Until 1st November 2020 

Criterion Theatre 9 minutes walk from Charing Cross Railway Station

Mischief Theatre, creators of The Play That Goes Wrong - winner of the Olivier Award for Best New Comedy - ...More

 
 
 
 
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