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London King's Cross Railway Station (KGX)

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King's Cross, London
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  • Paul F.
    "Harry Potter of course and great connections to wider London."(21 Tips)
    Andy H.
    "If you're killing time head to St Pancras instead."(12 Tips)
    Adam W.
    "your train long before the departure boards"(7 Tips)
    Peter T.
    "New concourse is amazing with good selection of shops and..."(6 Tips)
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  • 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
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • 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.
  • 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
    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.
  • Gary H.
    Gary HorOctober 14
    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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Jennifer C.
    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.
  • Trystan
    TrystanAugust 17, 2012
    Been here 50+ 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.
  • 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.
  • Hendy O.
    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!
  • 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).
  • 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
  • Dayna M.
    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!
  • HISTORY UK
    HISTORY UKFebruary 15, 2011
    ‘Platform 9 and 3/4 ‘ is a site of pilgrimage for fans of Harry Potter, as this is the place of departure for the Hogwarts Express. A luggage trolley ‘disappearing’ through a wall marks the spot.
  • Nick L.
    Nick LJune 1, 2012
    Been here 5+ 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
  • David
    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.
  • Oliver S.
    Oliver SmithMay 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
  • Justin F.
    Justin FinkelsteinNovember 21, 2011
    If you work in the area, walk up York Way past the guardian building and you'll find the lock. Very nice for a lunchtime stroll up to Camden.
  • 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.
  • Paul F.
    Paul FarrellJune 26, 2015
    Stunning architecture in main concourse. Harry Potter of course and great connections to wider London. Good wifi at Prezzo
  • Ayomi M.
    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.
  • Robin C.
    Robin CrampSeptember 5, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Shhhh! If you have National Rail app on your phone, the platforms get announced before they do on the departures board - ergo missing the rush for a seat :)
  • 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
  • HISTORY UK
    HISTORY UKAugust 9, 2011
    An urban myth, which began shortly after WWII, suggests that an ancient Roman battleground is located here and the body of Iceni Warrior Queen Boudica is buried somewhere beneath platform 9 and 10.
  • Katherine B.
    Katherine BridgesNovember 9, 2014
    The staff at the help desk are helpful, there's a variety of shops there so your able to waste some time when waiting for your train. The only down side is that you have to pay to use the toilets.
  • Nouf Q.
    Nouf Q.January 9
    Don't wait for boards to update, information desk staff will give you info you need
  • Rashid K.
    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
  • 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).
  • Lesley A.
    Lesley AtkinsOctober 9, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    All kings cross harry potter scenes were filmed here... But... Some outside shots of st pancras hotel were used as well.... Look out for the harry potter shop thats soon to come
  • Mark J.
    Mark JansenMarch 27, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Go upstairs to the mezzanine level and grab a burrito from Benito's Hat. Particularly worth it for their breakfast.
  • Stephanie P.
    Stephanie PereiraOctober 20, 2013
    Toilet costs 30p. There is a change machine outside, but it only provides 20p coins. Also, not a bad place to kill time before a train!
  • London24
    London24May 1, 2012
    The station name, King's Cross, is spelt both with and without an apostrophe. Unlike the station, the name of the locality it lies within is commonly written as Kings Cross, without an apostrophe.
  • 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
  • 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)
  • Stephen C.
    Stephen CrockerDecember 12, 2014
    Been here 5+ 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!
  • Graham P.
    Graham PattersonMay 3, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Free coffee in East Coast first class is pretty foul. Take the opportunity to buy a (half) decent cup at Nero's before getting on the train.
  • Stephen W.
    Stephen WaddingtonNovember 28, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Platform numbers are published on apps such as National Rail way before they appear on the display boards. Helpful if you want a headstart onto your train.
  • Simon G.
    Simon GosneyJuly 9, 2014
    Been here 50+ 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.
  • Hayley M.
    Hayley MillsJune 3, 2013
    Northner's beware when in London people rush around running over your feet and they don't care. Also Londoners don't talk to people like they do up north being friendly. tried this and got some looks
  • Chew 0.
    Chew 001February 2, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the restaurant Leon for healthy and a good portion snack/ meal at the kings cross station.
  • Alex M.
    Alex MooreApril 1, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Head to Leon fast food shop. A fresh take on takeaway healthy food whilst maintaining a classic British decor and packaging. Great.
  • Alana S.
    Alana SimpsonNovember 27, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    If you need supplies for the train fo to the Sourced Market at St Pancras. It charges like a wounded buffalo but has glorious products from the Kernel Brewery.
  • Mariana O.
    Mariana OliveiraFebruary 16, 2015
    Hungry? Leon is cheap and has excellent food! Order the rice with meatballs!
  • Mike K.
    Mike KellyFebruary 25, 2012
    Travel Assistance is on the Junction of Euston Rd and York Way, 1st Class Passenger Lounge is upstairs and accessible by lift. This is a government run network.
  • Madrid2020
    Madrid2020June 6, 2013
    During the 2012 London Olympics the Javelin train would depart for the Olympic Stadium. For a mere 7 minutes of travel. How amazing was that! Bravo London!
  • Emma B.
    Emma BenwellAugust 17, 2013
    This station is insane and the layout changes all the time. Took me 15 mins to get from circle line to the main line station. Why?! Change your signage, people!
  • Lo C.
    Lo CosmoJanuary 24, 2015
    The Wasabi (sushi takeaway restaurant) in this station only offer a small range of pre-readied bento.
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