King's Cross is a bustling district in central London, best known for its railway stations. Just 50 metres apart are King's Cross Station, a hub for major national passenger trains, and St Pancras, the terminus for international Eurostar trains. Situated just north of London's Inner Ring Road (A501), the area of King's Cross lies between Camden Town and Islington. It provides easy access to London attractions, just two miles south.
The area of King's Cross was originally an ancient crossing point over the River Fleet at Battle Bridge. In AD60, it was the site of a major battle between the Romans and Boadicea (warrior queen of the Iceni tribe). In the 1830s, a monument to King George IV was erected at the crossroads between Euston Road, Gray's Inn and Pentonville Road, hence the name King's Cross. The monument was demolished in 1845 to make way for King's Cross Railway Station. Shortly after, St Pancras Station was built by Midland Railway on adjacent land, along with the Gothic St Pancras Renaissance Hotel. Since the 1980s, the urban area has been regenerated and now includes cultural establishments including the British Library and the University of Arts. Perhaps the most famous site of all is the fictional Platform 9¾ from the Harry Potter books, marked by a luggage trolley embedded in the wall at King's Cross station!
King's Cross has unrivalled transport links all over the UK, Europe and central London. It's a hub to six Underground lines making it ideal for budget holidays in London, close to museums, galleries and central London attractions.