A Guide to Traveling London through Kingís Cross Station
For visiting London, proximity to Kingís Cross is the perfect location. An intersection of six tube lines, including the Northern, Picadilly, and Circle Lines, to name a few, can get you virtually anywhere from Kingís Cross. Kingís Cross is also a train terminal, in the case that you are planning to visit the north of the UK. But letís not get off track and get back to seeing London via Kingís Cross. London, the cultural melting pot that it is, offers amazing and varied shops of anything you could desire. Located near the major shopping zones of London, both commercial and artisan, Kingís Cross is a convenient place for a shopping tour in London.
The city is also a magnet for great and creative minds, as is well known by all the thinkers, writers and artists who both came to and from London. The wide range of museums and galleries reflects this intellectual breeding ground, and again, Kingís Cross is a skip, hop and a jump away from many of these world-class museums. Less conventional tours to start from Kingís Cross could include a round of the cityís parks, exploring the wide web of the tube itself, or the nearby nightlife hotspots. So, whether itís shopping, rich culture, or any fun explorations that youíre after, Kingís Cross will guide you there quickly and efficiently. For the shoppers! Have an early and hearty breakfast (you will need the energy) and put yourself on the Northern Line, heading for Camden Town, where you will find open air markets selling art, crafts, clothes, accessories and much more.
Itís best to spend time here in the morning, as the area isnít the safest at night. After youíve stocked up on original craft gifts at the market, head back to your hotel, drop them off, and back on the tube! Via the Picadilly Line, head towards Covent Garden, a famous indoor market, and the surrounding area, full of boutiques, shops, and nice cafes. This picturesque market makes a nice lunch stop, with some cozy restaurants nearby. Picadilly Circus comes next: very commercialized, with many well-known brand stores. Picadilly is a fun place to return to at night, as the lights and pubs draw partiers to them like moths to the flame! Head on to Knightsbridge to see the world famous Harrodís Department store. After this detour, itís on to Oxford Circus to join the crowded throng admiring and buying the riches of Oxford Street, which is equivalent to New Yorkís Fifth Ave, a street of fancy department stores interspersed with chic shopping boutiques. If your spending needs are still not satiated, check out other markets, such as Portobello, or just by walking through London, you will find hidden gems of stores throughout the city. If, however, Oxford Street sums up the shopping day nicely for you, head back into the Oxford Circus tube, and the Victoria Line will conveniently take you right back to Kingís Cross. For the culture seeker, you will start your day heading in the opposite direction of the shopper. Head south on the Picadilly Line to Russell Square, and just a few blocks south of the shady square is the British Museum.
After your explorations, you may also enjoy Covent Garden for its history and theater Ė check out the listings as they may draw you back in the evening. Nearby is Trafalgar Square, home of the National Gallery. From here, continue on to Green Park, and gasp at the size and beauty of Buckingham Palace. Changing of the Guard takes place nearby, so check the seasonís schedule if you are interested. Slide down the Jubilee Line to Southwark, and enjoy the neighboring Tate Modern and Globe Theatre. Make your way back north of the river to Tower Hill, and explore Londonís Tower. Take the Circle line back to Kingís Cross to conclude the cultural loop. The adventurer who wants to learn the city by randomly coming across the interesting things may enjoy traveling from park to park, always great for people watching and discovering the wide variety of Londonís inhabitants. Regents, Hyde, Green, and St. James Parks are the main ones, each with distinctive personalities.
The Tube itself is extremely interesting, and itís worth reading the entertaining advertisements of the tube, listen to some talented and not-so-talented musicians, pick out who the tourists are and who the natives areÖ the tube can be really enjoyable during your voyage. Take advantage of being in this unique London sub world! Kingís Cross is also nearby to Leicester Square and Picadilly, both popular night out areas. Or try traveling round Circle line and seeing how many pubs you can manage to stop atÖ after which, see if you manage to find your way back to Kingís Cross on this concentric line! Kingís Cross, recently made famous through Harry Potterís platform 9 ĺ, is more than a fictitious train platform. Itís a station that literally will get you anywhere in London (and beyond) very conveniently. If youíre visiting London to shop, to learn its culture, or just to explore it for face value, Kingís Cross is the best starting and ending point. You will get to where you need to go quickly, and at the end of the long day, you wonít have to wait long to be back at your London home, sweet home.