Places to see in London Kings Cross
Kings Cross Attractions
Kings Cross doesn’t have the best reputation for nights out, particularly owing to the compact nature of many of its streets and houses. But the Regent Quarter in Varnishers Yard has a host of fun restaurants-come-bars, and Camino is a good bet for a night out.
Recommended Attraction in Kings Cross
For a must do activity, however, we’d plump for walking along York Way to Kings Place. This is the home of the Guardian newspaper (the most prestigious and controversial of UK papers) but also hosts a huge range of music and arts events as well as restaurants and cafés. It’s lovely to book a concert or a talk, or just get down there and have a drink and/or a meal on the canal’s edge whilst passing the time and being amid the hustle and bustle of one of the world’s most notorious papers.
As an aside, it’s also a great idea from there to follow the canal all the way up to Camden, where a whole other side of life awaits past the barges, beautiful houses and industrial buildings that line the waterfront.
Kings Cross Attractions List
The revival of Kings Cross will last well into the next decade, but there are already masses of attractions you should see. The following itinerary gives you a taste of Kings Cross. If you’re tempted, use our Kings Cross hotel booking service, to book yourself a hotel in Kings Cross straight away!
Here is the widely acclaimed Gagosian Art Gallery, which displays exhibitions of important contemporary artists. Previous exhibitors include Andy Warhol and Damien Hirst.
Address: 6-24 Britannia Street, London,WC1X 9JD
Phone: 020 7841 9960
Visit the London Canal Museum and you’ll gain a valuable insight into life on Regents Canal.
Address: 12-13 New Wharf Road, London, Greater London N1 9RT
Phone: 020 7713 0836
You will find the Camley Street Natural Park here; a two-acre wildlife haven which is the perfect place to relax.
Address: 12 Camley Street, London, N1C 4PW
Phone: 020 7833 2311
Old St Pancras Church, which is said to be one of the oldest Christian sites in Britain, is situated here. You will find the graves of Mary Wollstonecraft and Sir John Soane here.
Address: Pancras Road, London NW1 1UL
Phone: 020 7424 0724
Here is Kings Cross Station, in the throes of transformation, which stands on the original site of a 60-foot memorial to King George IV erected in 1835. If you’re a Harry Potter fan, go inside to see the platform 9 ¾ sign and the luggage trolley embedded in the wall beneath.
Address: Euston Road, London N1 9AP
Phone: 0845 711 4141
Kings Cross St Pancras Tube Station stands here. This is the largest and busiest tube station in London.
Address: Euston Road, London N1 9AL
Phone: 0843 222 1234
Here you can gaze in awe at the elaborate Victorian gothic architecture of Midland Grand Hotel that fronts St Pancras Train Station. The once sophisticated interior, used in many films, is being renovated into luxury apartments and hotel rooms.
Here stands St Pancras Train Station, which is being transformed into St Pancras International in readiness for High Speed 1, the Channel Tunnel Rail Link.
Address: Euston Road, London N1C 4QP
Phone: 020 7843 7688
This is where you will find the massive British Library, one of the country’s most expensive public buildings. You can see the Magna Carta and the world’s earliest dated printed document, the Diamond Sutra, here.
Address: 96 Euston Road, London, Greater London NW1 2DB
Phone: 0843 208 1144
This is where you will find St Pancras New Church with its unusual octagonal tower. Go inside to see the beautiful Victorian stained glass and the dramatically lit Ionic colonnade.
Address: Euston Road, London, Greater London NW1 2BA
Phone: 020 7388 1461
Euston Station, which was the first intercity railway station to be built in London in the 1840’s, is located here. Its 1968 exterior, which replaced the original building, is due to be demolished and rebuilt.
Here is the brand new Wellcome Collection museum where you can explore the history and wider meaning of medicine.
Address: 183 Euston Road, London NW1 2BE
Phone: 020 7611 2222
Varnishers’ Yard is a fun collection of side streets, bars and restaurants in the up-and-coming quarter of Kings Cross. With everything from a Cuban venue to posh wine bars and good restaurants, you’ve got all of the ingredients to cook up a sizzling night out in one place.
Address: 3 Varnishers Yard, Kings Cross, London N1 9FD
Phone: 020 7841 7330
On York Way, surrounded by a sprawling canal network and some stunning new developments (such as the University of the Arts building), sits the iconic Kings Place; a hub for live music, conferencing, arts and restaurants. The music tackles all genres but tends towards the intelligentsia of London, and visitors can expect some world-class entertainment.
Address: 90 York Way, Kings Cross, London, N1 9AG
Phone: 020 7520 1490
The canals around Kings Cross, particularly Regents Canal, are undergoing a multimillion-pound renovation project that provides a huge amount of family activities. The main offering is simply the area’s beautification, meaning that visitors can walk and take in the green spaces, moorings and award-winning architecture.
Address: New Wharf Road, All Saints Street, Kings Cross, London N1 9RT
Phone: 020 7985 7200