St Pancras may be the place to go to whizz to France or Belgium but, having had a facelift in recent years, you can now step straight off the train at St Pancras and head out to explore one of London’s most vibrant areas.
Regent’s Canal walks
If you can drag yourself away from the Champagne bar in St Pancras Station then there are plenty of things to experience in King’s Cross. Start exploring by taking a peaceful walk along Regent’s Canal. If you head towards Little Venice you’ll pass quirky Camden with its craft stalls, alternative clothing and the famous market. Further on, you’ll fine leafy Regent’s Park and the aviary of London Zoo, before you reach picturesque Little Venice with its colourful narrow boats and waterside cafes. Choose from our great range of hotels near St Pancras and Islington to make the most of this scenic area.
The cultural heart
Back in the heart of King’s Cross, head to King’s Place for a bit of culture. You can see changing exhibitions in the gallery, sculpture in the Pangolin Gallery or the latest jazz, comedy or poetry show. Or, come nightfall turn your gaze skyward to spot the Identified Flying Object, a neon cage (created by French artist Jacques Rival) which hangs over King’s Cross. Alternatively, you can show off your own talent and get crafty at Drink, Shop and Do. Turn your hand to everything from knitting, vintage hair do’s and card-making in this popular café.
A short walk away, the Wellcome Collection contains a curious mix of medical artifacts and original artworks. Explore the human condition in its fascinating galleries and events. While literary fans with enjoy the nearby Dickens Museum. Explore inside Charles Dickens’ former home, the place where he scribbled the pages for Oliver Twist. The manuscripts and personal items spread throughout the property help bring this vision to life.
Food glorious food
Feeling peckish? Try KERB, a street food market found at the tasty sounding Granary Square. Every Tuesday-Friday the stall holders fill the square with their moreish creations so just turn up, choose your favourite and pull up a deck chair. If that’s not enough, take a walk down Islington’s Upper Street where you can take your pick from the US burger joints, French bistros, fish and chip shops, tapas bars, Mexican restaurants and much more. Whether you choose hotels near St Pancras or Islington, you’ll never be short of great places to eat.
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