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London King's Cross Railway Station (KGX)

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King's Cross, London
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    Ambush P.
    "Harry Potter devotees queuing for the gift shop!"(30 Tips)
    Mark D.
    "For a good breakfast try Le Quotidian in St Pancras"(11 Tips)
    Peter T.
    "New concourse is amazing with good selection of shops and..."(6 Tips)
    Adam W.
    "National Rail app on the iPhone to get the platform number"(5 Tips)
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  • Mark D.
    Mark DanielsOctober 15, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Always worth checking your ticket price at the desk. Ticket online: £31.90. Buy it at a machine: £39.40. Go to the ticket desk, same price. Explain predicament. Get ticket for £30.10.
    Upvoted 15 hours ago
  • Gary H.heart icon on user image
    Gary HorOctober 14, 2016
    Love the glass atrium! And Platform 9 3/4 is here. Somewhat. Take a snapshot with the iconic trolley. If you don't wanna pay for the pic, ask the staff to take a pic using your camera.
    Upvoted 1 week ago
  • Dave M.heart icon on user image
    Dave MilneMay 19, 2018
    Great building, but why are passengers kept standing looking at the departure boards until the last minute for platform numbers to appear? What’s wrong with going to your seat 10 mins early?
    Upvoted Nov 25, 2023
  • Phil S.
    Phil SimmonsFebruary 26, 2015
    I recommend the bookshop, Watermarks, next to the Harry Potter exhibit. It has a good eclectic range, lovely staff, and appears to be an independent - always a good thing in, er, my book !
  • George X.
    George XOctober 1, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Main travelling hub for tube routes around London and trains all over UK. All well known food chain & groceries are available (pret-a-manger, leon, costa coffee, nero coffee, boots etc.) to enjoy.
    Upvoted Nov 25, 2023
  • Simon T.heart icon on user image
    Simon TanJanuary 3, 2018
    A uniquely useful ticket machine sits alone near Harry Potter Platform 9 3/4. It’s the only one that accepts NFC payments (Apple/Android Pay) AND can top up Oyster cards in increments other than £5.
    Upvoted Nov 26, 2023
  • Ross M.
    Ross McGillDecember 5, 2018
    Been here 25+ times
    A beautiful open space; plenty of places to eat. Sometimes the train times are announced 3 or 4 minutes before, so get ready to run!
    Upvoted Nov 27, 2023
  • Carl G.heart icon on user image
    Carl GriffinMay 15, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Very impressive looking station. Great connections to the North East and Edinburgh.
    Upvoted Nov 27, 2023
  • Nouf Q.heart icon on user image
    Nouf Q.January 9, 2016
    Don't wait for boards to update, information desk staff will give you info you need
  • Matt B.
    Matt BroomMay 17, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    If you go out of the side entrance (next to platform1) across the road is a little cafe that does excellent falafel wraps for only 3.50 just great food compared to the sterile standard stuff in kingsX
  • Claire T.heart icon on user image
    Claire ThirlwallNovember 19, 2018
    Been here 5+ times
    The route to the underground isn't obvious. You can go outside and down the stairs, or head between Kiehl's and Pandora and take the escalator or stairs. Longer walk in tunnels but good on a wet day.
  • Filmsquare
    FilmsquareAugust 5, 2013
    King's Cross Station is used again in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002) as platform 9¾, really platform 4, from where the Hogwart's express departs, this time without Harry and Ron.
  • The Guardian
    The GuardianApril 26, 2012
    "Do you know how King’s Cross got its name? Click to listen to historian Alan Dein talking about the various names that the area used to have and the monument that was built for King George IV" Read more
  • Filmsquare
    FilmsquareAugust 2, 2013
    The infamous Platform 9¾, featured first in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (2001), is actually situated between platforms 4 & 5, where Hogwart's pupils run at the wall to board their train.
  • O S.heart icon on user image
    O SMay 28, 2015
    The East Coast first class lounge closes at around 21:20 so if you've booked the last train you won't be able to use it
  • Nmheart icon on user image
    NmApril 15, 2020
    Harry Potter’s Train Station .. Very convenient to travel to Edinburgh .. It takes you to Waverley Station in about 4.5 hours !!
  • Davidheart icon on user image
    DavidJune 23, 2015
    Fast and easy way to go to Cambridge. From Lindon King's Cross station you can also take a train to Hogwarts.
  • Jennifer C.heart icon on user image
    Jennifer CarterSeptember 27, 2014
    New refurb is great although I did struggle to find somewhere to just sit and have a drink. Lots of food options though.
  • Stephen C.heart icon on user image
    Stephen CrockerDecember 12, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Good connections and a good selection of shops. However, the M&S is tiny compared with the one over the road in St Pancras!
  • Dayna M.heart icon on user image
    Dayna McAlpineMarch 3, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Great selection of cafes, relaxing to sit in and watch people go on their way while waiting for your train. Or stop at platform 9 3/4s!
  • John C.
    John CoreyMay 22, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Great upgrade to the station. Seating and food options on the upper level.
  • Salvo D.
    Salvo DBApril 6, 2013
    Do you like to eat a Homemade 100% Beef Burger and chips from £ 6.75? Just 5 minutes walk. Vigata Burgers 200 Pentonville Road, London N1 Read more
  • Mariana O.heart icon on user image
    Mariana OliveiraFebruary 16, 2015
    Hungry? Leon is cheap and has excellent food! Order the rice with meatballs!
  • Paul F.heart icon on user image
    Paul FarrellJune 26, 2015
    Stunning architecture in main concourse. Harry Potter of course and great connections to wider London. Good wifi at Prezzo
  • Athens Secrets Private Guideheart icon on user image
    Huge and busy station but rather easy to navigate and well-laid out once you get acquainted. Cool architecture too!
  • Ambush P.heart icon on user image
    Ambush PredatorNovember 12, 2023
    Very modern and with a lot of facilities but you have to avoid the Harry Potter devotees queuing for the gift shop!
  • Roy E.
    Roy EdmondsonFebruary 4, 2019
    Been here 25+ times
    The start and end to all my trips home to Yorkshire -Leon best place to get an onboard snack
  • Richard G.
    Richard GladmanNovember 15, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Go to the far end of the concourse and upstairs to the great Fullers pub. Much the nicest place to wait and some great beers and free loos.
  • Filmsquare
    FilmsquareAugust 23, 2013
    Harry, with his protectors, crosses the old walkway in King's Cross Station and meets with his Godfather Sirius who talks to him about the order in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007).
  • Ayomi M.heart icon on user image
    Ayomi MichaelisMay 1, 2016
    Although the station is very crowded, it is easy to navigate. The infamous Platform 9 3/4 is just outside this station. You won't miss it because you will find people queueing to take picture.
  • Hendy O.heart icon on user image
    Hendy OngkodjojoJanuary 6, 2013
    Platform 9 ¾ has now been moved to a central location, outside the gates (and not between platforms 9 and 10). A Harry Potter shop has also been opened next to it! Get yourself a wand! Patronus!
  • T H.
    T HAugust 17, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    The Android version of Google maps now shows the indoor layout of the station. Great for locating shops and restaurants, and the platform you need for your train.
  • David S.
    David SmithAugust 8, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    The USA today tip ppears to confuse adjacent stations st pancras and kings cross. One looks good on film and has a champagne bar, the other is a hole, but is the 'genuine' harry potter station.
  • 高手놀리밑™
    高手놀리밑™November 4, 2016
    If you need to go to the toilets.. go over to st pancras where it's free
  • Movie Mayor
    Movie MayorJuly 27, 2010
    Located between platforms 9 & 10 is the magical platform 9 3/4, reached only by those travelling to the Hogwarts Academy, such as Harry and his friends in 2001's "Harry Potter & the Sorcerer's Stone." Read more
  • Martin M.heart icon on user image
    Martin MarmorsteinOctober 9, 2018
    Been here 10+ times
    Neatly refurbished railway station with a modern touch. It’s a great hub.
  • Jenny L.
    Jenny LawSeptember 4, 2015
    For the 9¾ station setting, it's actually next to the Harry Potter store. Don't really go to the station you can't get in!
  • Çiğdem B.heart icon on user image
    Çiğdem BiçerMarch 11, 2017
    Very crowded but not problem where systematic and comfortable.. Inside food and shopping. Especially Harry Potter shopping is very nice
  • John J.
    John JenningsJuly 24, 2017
    Been here 50+ times
    Very few places to sit. Everyone is just standing around like cattle. Wrestle for one of the benches in front of Waitrose - good luck!
  • Nick L.
    Nick LJune 1, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    The new concourse is very nice but if you want to get your 20% bite card discount you need to seek out the familiar shops in the old one
  • Abu Aya K.heart icon on user image
    Abu Aya KDJuly 30, 2019
    Great station with alot of options for dining while waiting
  • Rashid K.heart icon on user image
    Rashid KhanJuly 6, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    The best station in the country. Loving the new construction, but needs more seating for those awaiting their trains
  • Andrew S.heart icon on user image
    Andrew SmallwoodDecember 2, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Better following the refurbishment but you'll get lost at some point. Go see Harry Potter
  • Simon G.
    Simon GosneyJuly 9, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    If you want to get cash out, you may be better off using the ATMs in St Pancras. The ones at King's Cross are fitted really low down on the wall, making them hard to use if you are of average height.
  • British Transport Police
    Have a safe journey if you’re heading up north – you can tell us about any non-emergencies by text on 61016 (in emergencies dial 999). http://j.mp/text61016
  • Fiona C.heart icon on user image
    Fiona CurielJune 11, 2017
    The Harry Potter station! Frequent train services to the North East and Scotland with Virgin Trains East Coast!
  • Jacob G.
    Jacob GabrielAugust 4, 2012
    While the olympics is on they have ping pong between the back of kings cross and side of st pancreas - get in!! A great way to kill time while waiting for trains or just on your way to your next stop.
  • Scott B.heart icon on user image
    Scott BrownJuly 9, 2016
    Been here 100+ times
    It gets me home...what's not to like!!?
  • Filmsquare
    FilmsquareAugust 30, 2013
    An adult Harry, Ron and Hermione return to Platform 9¾ for a final time in the films to see off their own children in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 (2011).
  • Michael F.
    Michael FitzgeraldFebruary 13, 2015
    Think there is a bit too much hype over the Platform 9 3/4, I was expecting the cart to be there 24/7 but was dissapointed to find that it's only there during the day (they remove it during the night)
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