About London King's Cross Station
London King's Cross Station is one of the busiest mainline stations in the UK and connects London to the northern regions of England and Scotland. It was designed by Lewis Cubbit and opened in 1852. Many years of heavy use saw the station architecture decline as it was obscured by unsightly extensions and shops. King's Cross has now been restored, and since 2013 the original Cubbit facade can be seen once more. The departure concourse is a striking basketwork lattice with an upper level connected by walkways, and Harry Potter fans will be delighted to find that platform 9¾ is included in all the station signs. The station is directly adjacent from the Eurostar terminal at St Pancras international Station and is within easy walking distance of Euston Station.
London King's Cross Station Infrastructure
Kings Cross currently has 11 platforms and in 2010 a new platform for commuters opened separately from the main platforms and was numbered 0. The station is a major link through the UK, servicing the east coast and Scotland with trains to Peterborough, York, Darlington, Newcastle, Berwick-upon-Tweed and Edinburgh some of the most frequent. Services from the station are provided by East Coast, First Capital Connect, Grand Central and First Hull Trains, and the station handles over 19 million passengers each year. Some famous trains that have run from King's Cross in the past include the Mallard and the Flying Scotsman.
How to Get to London King's Cross Station
London King's Cross Station has a total of 6 Underground lines - Northern, Piccadilly, Victoria, Hammersmith & City, Circle and Metropolitan allow passengers to easily reach King's Cross from any part of London. There are also numerous bus services which stop directly in front of or to the side of the station, and these include 10, 30, 17, 45, 46, 63, 73, 91, and 214, and nightbuses N63 and N91. Taxis are readily available from the taxi rank and there is a car park to the rear of the station by the Great Northern Hotel, from where passengers can be dropped off and picked up as street parking around the station is not possible.
London King's Cross Station Services
King's Cross refurbishments in 2013 has meant that services on offer are now extensive. As well as plenty of cash points and toilet facilities, there are numerous shops and stores selling everything from food and newspapers to clothing and handbags. These include WHSmith, Marks & Spencer, Boots, Superdrug, Accessorize, Kiehl's, TM Lewin and of course the Harry Potter Shop. The food outlets and coffee shops offer something for everyone, among them Starbucks, Cafe Nero, Giraffe, Leon, Wasabi and the Pasty Shop to name a few.