One of London’s biggest, most modern and best-connected train stations, St. Pancras International (or King's Cross St. Pancras) dates back to 1868 but underwent major redevelopments in 2007. The station now serves as England's main Eurostar terminus, linking London directly to Paris, Brussels and Lille, as well as offering a wide network of London underground and nationwide trains.
The recent renovations have also put St. Pancras on the map as a destination in its own right, and travelers connecting in King's Cross will find plenty to keep them occupied in-between trains. Not only is the station itself an impressive example of Victorian architecture, but it's also dotted with fascinating art works, including Paul Day's sculpture 'The Meeting Place' and a statue of John Betjeman.
St. Pancras also offers tax-free shopping (for non-European Union residents) at a range of high street and brand-name stores; a wide variety of cafés, bars and restaurants; and the luxurious Marriot St .Pancras Renaissance Hotel. Highlights include a British produce market, Europe's largest champagne bar, a series of Street Pianos dotted around the station and the famous Platform 9 ¾, a must for Harry Potter fans. The station forecourt even hosts pop-up gigs, charity events and appearances by big-name music acts and celebrities.
St. Pancras International is located in north central London and serves Eurostar, East Midlands, Southeastern and ThamesLink trains, as well as being linked to the London Underground (Victoria, Hammersmith and City, Metropolitan, Northern, Piccadilly and Circle lines).