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London King's Cross Railway Station (KGX)

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King's Cross, London
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  • Has a stamp of approval from CNN and The Guardian
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  • Paul F.
    "Harry Potter of course and great connections to wider London."(23 Tips)
    Andy H.
    "If you're killing time head to St Pancras instead."(12 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 2 weeks ago
  • 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 2 weeks ago
  • Gary H.
    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 2 weeks ago
  • 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
  • Nouf Q.
    Nouf Q.January 9, 2016
    Don't wait for boards to update, information desk staff will give you info you need
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • 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
  • 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
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • 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
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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!
  • Mariana O.
    Mariana OliveiraFebruary 16, 2015
    Hungry? Leon is cheap and has excellent food! Order the rice with meatballs!
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • 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.
  • T H.
    T HAugust 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 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).
  • 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.
  • 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!
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    Rhiana QueenJanuary 15
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  • 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
  • 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.
  • Ramão J.
    Go early in the morning or late night to see Harry Potter's platform 9 3/4 empty and get a good picture. During the day you might face long queues.
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • 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.
  • 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!
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • Ayomi M.
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • Katherine B.
    Katherine BridgesNovember 9, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    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.
  • 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.
  • Fiona C.
    The Harry Potter station! Frequent train services to the North East and Scotland with Virgin Trains East Coast!
    Upvoted Jun 11
  • 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).
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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)
  • 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.
  • Carl G.
    Carl GriffinMay 15, 2016
    Very impressive looking station. Great connections to the North East and Edinburgh.
  • Çiğdem B.
    Very crowded but not problem where systematic and comfortable.. Inside food and shopping. Especially Harry Potter shopping is very nice
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Peter T.
    Peter TJuly 13, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    New concourse is amazing with good selection of shops and food outlets.
  • CNN
    CNNJanuary 6, 2015
    Harry Potter's platform 9 3/4 isn't the only draw at King's Cross Railway station. This 20-meter-high steel structure stretches over the Victorian terminal in diamond and triangle shapes. Read more
  • Matt D.
    Matt DinneryAugust 4, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Signalling displays everywhere. Finding your train is easy - usually shows up about 5 mins after pulling in.
  • 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!
  • T H.
    T HAugust 23, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    Londoners! Beware of infuriating weekenders moaning how much friendlier the north is whilst they're standing on the wrong side of the escalator and delaying hundreds of people from getting home.
  • James N.
    James NugentApril 7, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Go for a drink in the Parcel Yard pub in the station. A surprisingly good pub.
  • Ian M.
    Ian McKennaFebruary 16, 2013
    Whoever designed the cab rank should be shot, 21at Century station Victorian standard cab rank. Make Britain look shabby Network Rail a disgrace Avoid & flag a cab 50 yds away on the street
  • John C.
    John CoreyMay 22, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Great upgrade to the station. Seating and food options on the upper level.
  • Ian S.
    Ian SwainNovember 8, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    No matter how hungry you are don't do the late night burger or pasty. You know you'll regret it!
  • RailHelp.co.uk
    RailHelp.co.ukMay 13, 2012
    Toilets and baby care can be found by the entrance to platforms 9-11 and also on the mezzanine, behind escalators and lift towards the front of the station
  • Kit&kafoodle
    Kit&kafoodleSeptember 26, 2014
    Cool beans. Just like Harry Potter. Easy to navigate and well signposted.
  • Alana S.
    Alana SimpsonMarch 27, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    Pret do filter coffee for 99p. A damn sight cheaper than the other establishments.
  • Andrew B.
    Andrew BirchallDecember 13, 2014
    Go to Giraffe cafe upstairs. The breakfasts and service are great!
  • MEL BROWN S.
    MEL BROWN STUDIOSAugust 24, 2014
    Nice re design. Actually a nice place to meet now!
  • USA TODAY
    USA TODAYDecember 6, 2010
    Recognizable as the spot where Harry catches the train to Hogwarts. King's Cross also is known for having great shops and Europe's longest Champagne bar. Read more
  • Ben C.
    Ben CouplandSeptember 5, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Seats on the first floor balcony are handy... Especially if you've got a long wait!
  • Elaine C.
    Elaine CharityOctober 8, 2014
    Love the refurbishment. Quite a hike from Tube to platforms..especially when you only have 5 minutes to catch train!
  • 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
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • Lawrence A.
    Lawrence AlexanderJuly 22, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    There's 20 seats for about 200 people. If you've got more than 15 mins to wait there's a MacDonald's as you turn left out of the station. Plenty of seats, free WiFi and not as busy as you'd expect.
  • Abdul Karim M.
    Abdul Karim MiahMay 31, 2012
    During the 8th International Indian Film Academy Awards in 9th June 2007, Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan and many other bollywood super stars, passed through this station.
  • Bijan Y.
    Bijan YoungJanuary 19, 2015
    The modern station ISO much better and with more good and retail establishments to while away the minutes to your train time.
  • Simon H.
    Simon HudsonNovember 15, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    If you are really hungry cross over to the chop suey place; loads of food at a decent price
  • Paul W.
    Paul WrightApril 11, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    There are bike racks on platform 9. And unlike Cambridge, some of them are free!
  • Cate T.
    Cate TJanuary 29, 2015
    Get poor man's sushi for £2 at wasabi... Get the chirashi salad, a box of sushi offcuts
  • Arman K.
    Arman KushniyanSeptember 5, 2014
    Great atmosphere and lots of great shops and places to eat.
  • Andrew S.
    Andrew SmallwoodDecember 2, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Better following the refurbishment but you'll get lost at some point. Go see Harry Potter
  • Ana
    AnaDecember 21, 2011
    Don't miss out Nero's friendly staff. I guarantee they'll put an smile on your face :)
  • Johannes D.
    Johannes DriessenFebruary 4, 2015
    Try the nearby Dishoom if you want a hot meal. You can't beat it!
  • Gordon B.
    Gordon BrownMarch 20, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    The new concourse is now open. Allow extra time to board your train, and be prepared for a long walk.
  • Anu A.
    Anu AdegbolaApril 22, 2014
    Great eateries...Leon and Benitos hat just to name a few!
  • Chris T.
    Chris TradgettNovember 30, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Don't follow the signs for Victoria Line, it's about a 10m walk! Same going back, exit via the Euston Rd to get to the train quicker
  • Sam G.
    Sam GrimleyOctober 19, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    For cheaper food and drink, head to Tescos. Out of the station, down past Starbucks, the left. 3 minute walk max each way
  • Noman W.
    Noman WazirOctober 3, 2012
    The new layout looks good and friendly for disable people, though a bit confusing.
  • Scott B.
    Scott BrownJuly 9, 2016
    Been here 100+ times
    It gets me home...what's not to like!!?
  • Neil M.
    Neil MallettJanuary 18, 2015
    Deffers one of my favourite stations. Former domain of the Deltics.
  • Chris T.
    Chris TysonJuly 15, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Be early for your train, they have a habit of departing early to meek their stats looks good...!
  • Nigel H.
    Nigel HosierMay 12, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    If waiting for train and time to waste - avoid seedy kings cross cafe/shops - walk 5 mins to st.pancras international - lovely shops, cafes, m&s etc - I do all the time!
  • Brad T.
    Brad TAugust 7, 2016
    This is a railway station. You can take a train here!
  • Shyamashree D.
    Shyamashree DasMarch 17, 2013
    Reminds you of DDLJ; the new building is just fabulous, treat to the eyes
  • Sean D.
    Sean DilleyAugust 27, 2013
    Quickest coffee is Starbucks but cross over Pancras Road if you like a tax paid Costa Coffee:)
  • Swarmstrong
    SwarmstrongSeptember 7, 2015
    Loads of shops, loads of trains and amazing architecture!
  • Juha R.
    Juha RistolainenSeptember 9, 2014
    You can get to pretty much anywhere in London from here
  • Dave S.
    Dave ScurrahSeptember 1, 2014
    Toilets are 30p. A few seats for 1000's of passengers an hour. Rampantly comnercial development. Excelkent architecture but in oractise, no nicer to use than the old shed was.
  • Paul B.
    Paul BrayfordMay 4, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Get a head start: use the national rail website m.nationalrail.co.uk to find departure platforms before they're announced.
  • Adam P.
    Adam PengellyNovember 18, 2011
    The gate on the gents is always unlocked. I'd you go down there, and don't see anyone working, then just open the gate. Save yourself 30p.
  • The End of The World
    The End of The WorldDecember 19, 2011
    หากใครเคยอ่านเรื่องแฮร์รี่ พอตเตอร์ จะรู้ว่าที่นี่แหละ คือสถานนีรถไฟที่มีชานชาลาที่ 9 เศษ 3 ส่วน 4 อยู่ (ซึ่งผมก็เห่อไปมองหาเช่นกัน แต่หาไม่เจอ คงเพราะไม่ได้ลองเดินทะลุกำแพงดู 55)
  • Natalia C.
    Natalia CruzMay 29, 2016
    The new design is amazing. And the hall is huge. Food options for a snack/ el nuevo diseño es hermoso, y el vestíbulo es muy grande, además tiene buenas opciones para tomar un snack.
  • Anna
    AnnaJuly 11, 2013
    Удивительно красивый вокзал- как ненавязчиво сочетается старое здание с новой воздушной "ракушкой"! Очень просторно! Туалеты, правда, платные- 30p, а так- все прекрасно организовано.
  • Jean C.
    Jean CitéAugust 7, 2014
    La leyenda urbana dice que la reina Boadicea fue enterrada donde siglos después se construyeron los andenes 9 y 10, el mismo lugar a través del que Harry Potter entra en su mundo mágico en las novelas
  • Emerson
    Emerson2 weeks ago
    Quem estiver na estação King 's Cross, não deixe de ir a plataforma 9 ¾ é parada obrigatória para os fãs de Harry Potter.
  • Olga S.
    Здесь есть платыорма 9 3/4, откуда Гарри Поттер отправлялся в Хогвартс! Рядом бутик.
  • Sasha S.
    Sasha SOctober 15, 2014
    Очень много народу в любое время дня и ночи. Довольно чисто. Платформа 9 3/4 рядом с 9 платформой;)
  • Vicente M.
    Otra estación fantástica. Muy cuidada y con muchos comercios y restaurantes.
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