London is the capital city of England and a fascinating and exciting place to visit. With so many sights to see and things to do, you need a safe and secure place to leave your luggage when you first arrive at King’s Cross Station. Everyone who travels has private things to keep safe, so the best place to protect your valuables is to place them in the care of Stasher, the world’s largest luggage storage network. Here we will see top things to do around King’s cross.
By the 1980s, the King’s Cross area had become run down and much neglected, so the London Borough of Camden began renovating old canal-side warehouses and turning them into modern restaurants, shops, and cafés and now it is a delightful place to visit with many awe-inspiring things to see and do.
Coal Drops Yard
Coal Drops Yard, a six-minute walk from King’s Cross Station, is located canal-side and is a new shopping and entertainment development built on the site of a Victorian coal depot. With stores of all types to suit everyone, this complex has a multitude of eclectic bars and restaurants, which are open late, with something going on almost every day of the week. Choose one of several workshops, enter a sandwich-making competition or just lounge at an outdoor café and watch the world go by.
Granary Square is just the place to relax and unwind after your journey. Set on the banks of Regent’s Canal, with cascading steps leading down to the water, this newest London square is crisscrossed with more than 1,000 fountains that bubble in the formation and are floodlit in the evening. Check out the list of different events that take place year-round—family festivals, fashion shows, food markets, and concerts. Around the perimeter of the square, is a great selection of bars and restaurants, many with open terraces, and others indoor with panoramic views.
Platform 9 ¾
Platform 9 3/4 in King’s Cross Railway Station is a must for all Harry Potter fans. In the Harry Potter books, the students of Hogwarts School caught the Hogwarts Express from here by racing through a wall between platform 9 and platform 10, so the station created platform 9 3/4. Here you have a chance to take as many photos as you wish next to a luggage trolley embedded in the brick wall. A professional photographer is also on hand during the day to capture group photos and other awesome moments and these are displayed in the Harry Potter gift shop next door.
Just a five-minute walk from King’s Cross Station is the British Library, which has one of the largest numbers of cataloged items in the world, with more than two million collected from countries all around the globe. History buffs will love the regularly given talks, the frequent exhibitions or the history tour that highlights the treasures of the British Library and allows access to some of the most famous British documents.
Camley Street Natural Park
Camley Street Natural Park is a two-acre wildlife sanctuary situated in the densely populated area of King’s Cross. This park is open seven days a week and is a great day out for kids or getting away from the hustle and bustle of city life. With a profusion of birds, butterflies, and other wildlife, you have the chance to “get up close and personal” with the inhabitants by pausing at the Viewpoint, a floating platform that brings you closer to nature. After having a restful morning observing nature, cross Regent’s Canal via Somers Town Bridge to gain access to Granary Square or Coal Drops Yard.
Charles Dickens Museum
From King’s Cross Station, you can take a brisk 11-minute walk to the Charles Dickens Museum housed in the author’s Georgian townhouse. This is where Dickens lived for three years and wrote “Oliver Twist” and two of his other great novels. Here you can see Dickens’ original writing desk and get a feeling of what life was like in the 19th century. The museum closes on Mondays every month of the year except December when it is open seven days a week. The museum holds an exciting program of events, temporary exhibitions and Dickensian readings for family, fun-filled visits. The garden café in the backyard offers cakes, light lunches, and beverages. Be sure to check out the small gift shop for souvenirs and memorabilia.
With so many intriguing places to see in the King’s Cross area, just drop off your luggage at Stasher, where you know it will be in safe hands, and then get out and explore this appealing part of London.