The area of Kings Cross is an up and coming area in London, with a lot of plans to make it a bigger tourist destination than it is now, but don’t worry there is plenty of sights and attractions in the area that are still highly popular. You will be spoilt for choice!
Restaurants near Kings Cross
If you are a lover of good food at fair prices, then there is plenty of restaurants and cafes of different styles and tastes in the area that will satisfy your hunger.
· Sen Viet
Located on Kings Cross Road, just across the road from Clink78, this Vietnamese style restaurant is a favourite of most of the staff at Clink. They offer up many Vietnamese style soup and noodle dishes that will tantalise your taste buds.
This Pizza/Pasta café is great for those not looking for a long wait and if you want some delicious pizza. They have lots of special offers available, especially at lunch, where you can get a drink and a pizza or pasta dish for only £4.80.
Located on Caledonian Road, this Tex Mex cafe brings all the authentic tastes of Mexico to London all wrapped up in a tortilla. It’s a great place for a quick snack or to sit down and have a wonderfully prepared meal.
This great Irish pub offers up the best in breakfast, lunch, dinner or pub grub straight from the Emerald Isle. This is a very popular destination in the area and can get extremely busy in the evenings, especially at weekend.
· Café Oz
This typical English café offers up some English favourites, at very low prices. Open from 7am until 4.30pm, this highly rate café is a definite one to try for a full English breakfast, and at only £5.00, you will receive one of the biggest breakfasts that you will have ever laid your eyes on.
As the name suggests, just good, old fashioned, “honest” burger place. Been said to be the best burger franchise in London, Honest Burger is a definite must for those who love a good bit of cow!
There are many more in the area that have great food for very reasonable prices but we thought it would be best to list most of our favourites.
Museums near Kings Cross
Kings cross is a great part of London that is full of lots of history and old buildings, that date back over 200 years, which means a lot of museums have been placed in the area.
A popular museum in London dedicated to human history and culture. Its permanent collection, numbering some 8 million works and is among the largest and most comprehensive originating from all continents, keeping a closely documented collection of human culture from the beginning to present.
Look into the past of the British postal service and how it helped shape the modern world and the work they do to ensure that the story of communication, industry and innovation is available and enjoyable for all.
Situated in Charles Dickens old house, where he lived with his wife and 5 children and where he finished writing Oliver Twist, this museum is a great place to look back into Dickens’ past. During his time living here he also worked as a scribe in the same building that Clink78 now occupies.
The museum tells the story of the Foundling Hospital, Britain’s first home for abandoned children. The museum houses the nationally important Foundling Hospital Art Collection as well as the Gerald Coke Handel Collection, the world’s greatest privately amassed collection of Handel memorabilia.
At the London Canal Museum you can see inside a narrow boat cabin, learn about the history of London’s many canals, about the cargoes carried, the people who lived and worked on the canals, and the horses that pulled their boats. Peer down into the unique heritage of a huge Victorian ice well used to store ice imported from Norway and brought by ship and canal boat to be stored.
Other attractions at Kings Cross
Kings cross is not all about museums and restaurants. There is many other things to do in the area that will get you excited.
This is one of London’s best medium sized music venues, with many well known bands playing every week. The venue has more of a Indie and Rock style to the place, so it might not cater to all tastes.
London’s first ever and most established farmers market takes place on Chapel Market between Baron Street and Penton Street, with loads of space to shop at least 30 stalls each week. It is a great place to pick up presents for friends and family or to get some fantastic London cuisine.
The half pedestrianized street market is located on Clerkenwell in Islington, consisting of 32 street stalls. The market was named after the Exmouth Arms Pub, located in the same area, and has been running since the 1890’s.
This urban nature reserve is located right next the busy ST. Pancras station and is a quick and easy way to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Why not sit on the banks of Regent Canal and watch the day go by in peace and quiet.
One of the world most famous libraries is located on Euston Road, just a 5-10 minute walk away from Kings Cross Station. With over 150 million items, a copy of every publication produced in the UK and Ireland, the Gutenberg Bible, Shakespeare’s First Folio and the Lindisfarne Gospels. A guided tour around the British Library is available every day.
Located inside Kings cross station, where a few parts of the Harry Potter film series were filmed, there is the Harry Potter shop, where you can get lots of merchandise from the franchise, as well as get your photo taken, while entering Platform 9 ¾ .
The Gallery was established in 1886 as, ‘a Collection of Art Treasures worthy of the capital city’. See works dating from 1670 to the present, including seventeenth century portraits, Pre-Raphaelite masterpieces and a fascinating range of paintings documenting London’s dramatic history.
Come on, come all and take a step back into history by entering into the ruins of this once very successful Roman Amphitheatre, where crowds use to gather to watch horrific shows of animal fights, gladiator combat and even public executions.
For more information on what is going on around Kings Cross please head to our TravelShop at Clink78 or reception at Clink261, where are highly knowledgeable staff will be able to find you exactly what you are looking for.