King’s Cross Station is one of the most important in Britain – it links London with the rest of the UK and, through the Eurostar train, to mainland Europe.
When you arrive there, you might be tempted to move on to the rest of your adventure in London or beyond, but don’t rush away, because there are some awesome attractions in and around the station which you should definitely explore first.
With that in mind, here are 10 brilliant things to do near London King’ Cross Station.
- Visit Platform 9¾
If you’re a Harry Potter fan, visiting Platform 9¾ provides the perfect photo opportunity and there’s a gift shop nearby to pick up unique memorabilia.
- See the British Library
The British Library has a collection that dates back 3000 years and it has a permanent exhibition where you can see handwritten Beatles lyrics, The Magna Carta and more.
- Enjoy the Granary Square Fountains
These fab fountains are another great selfie spot and if you’re brave enough to step right in them, you access the Granary Squirt App, which allows you to take control of the water jets – very cool!
- Chill out at Coal Drops Yard
If you’re looking for a distraction ten minutes from King’s Cross, chill out at Coal Drops Yard – it’s a trendy reclaimed industrial area packed with lovely cafes, bars and boutiques.
- Enjoy ice cream at Ruby Violet
Enjoying a Ruby Violet ice cream on a hot London day is practically mandatory and you can even wash it down with a refreshing glass of prosecco at this on-trend eatery.
- Take a boar ride on Regent’s Canal
For £10 you can hop on board a narrow boat at Regent’s Canal and cruise along the water watching the world go by – some tours also take you through the Islington Tunnel, one of Britain’s longest.
- Try crafts at Drink, Shop & Do
Fancy something totally different? At Drink, Shop & Do at 9 Caledonian Road, you can enjoy tasty snacks and drinks then try cathartic craft activities like creating your own greetings cards.
- Discover the Charles Dickens Museum
If you’re a fan of iconic author Charles Dickens, strolling around the Charles Dickens Museum is an absolute must – located at 48 Doughty Street, it’s where he wrote Oliver Twist and Nicholas Nickleby.
- Have a beer at Big Chill
Big Chill is a laid-back bar and music venue that’s super-cool. If it’s sunny, take your beer up to the rooftop terrace, relax in the fresh air and enjoy the view.
- Hire a car and hit the road
Once you’ve exhausted your options in the immediate vicinity, rent a car from Enjoy Car Hire and hit the road to explore the rest of the south and neighbouring seaside towns like Brighton and Southampton.
That’s our list! Share your own favourite King’s Cross activities in the comments section.