St. Pancras International railway station in London is the terminal from which direct Eurostar trains to Paris, Brussels and Amsterdam depart every day, but also an important stop in the city for commuters travelling on the tube or taking trains from the Southeastern, East Midlands or Thameslink companies towards a wide variety of destinations in England.
Provided that you have passed through this beautiful Victorian building before, you will surely agree with us that there is something magical about this station, and not just because of the usual romantic atmosphere which seems to be inherent to places where people are carrying luggage, kissing their loved ones goodbye or welcoming them with a tight hug. London St Pancras is a home for the artists and the dreamers, who like to stand beside Sir John Betjeman’s statue -forever staring at the stunning Arcade-, enjoy the bustling life within the walls of the station and around the huge bronze lovers in Paul Day’s work “The Meeting Place”, listen to the spontaneous piano players at the concourse and attend the live performances and exhibitions that take place regularly with great enthusiasm.
Travelling to and from London St Pancras railway station
Aside from being an international gateway for travellers arriving by rail, St Pancras is the first contact with the city for air passengers landing in Luton, as it is really easy to commute from the airport to central London with Thameslink or East Midlands trains covering this route. Adjacent to the popular King’s Cross, with which it shares the underground terminus, St Pancras International boasts a varied selection of cafés and restaurants that can suit all budgets and tastes, and be equally convenient for commuters in a hurry looking to grab a bite to eat or those with some extra time and in the mood for a little luxury.
Navigating the International Eurostar station in London
While all the coffee outlets and healthy eateries are located near the Eurostar arrivals and departures areas on the ground floor, the upper level – where you will find the National Rail Ticket Office and the access to regional trains, too- is reserved to fine dining options. Most restaurants in St Pancras station in London are open from 6:00 to 22:00 every day of the week, with the possibility of reducing their working hours in the weekend. Convenience stores like M&S Simply Food, located by the Eurostar Arrivals, stay open until midnight to make sure you can still buy some fruit, sandwiches and granola bars when all the other outlets have closed, and places that invite to stay up until late with your friends, like Carluccio’s and The Booking Office, have even longer opening hours. Yo! Sushi in St Pancras does not serve breakfast, and so it opens at 10:00.
Where to eat in King’s Cross-St Pancras during your London trip
If you are a Starbucks addict and always look for the healthiest options, you will be glad there are both a Starbucks Coffee and a Pret a Manger restaurant. For a French touch with freshly baked croissants and pastries included, head to Le Pain Quotidien or Paul, where they also serve coffee and the most delicious baguette sandwiches. Café Fratelli, AMT Coffee and Benugo have also been conceived for you to get your caffeine fix before boarding the train or even order it to take away and enjoy onboard. Other good options for a take-away or quick meal in St Pancras station are Prime Burger, specialising in local meats and homemade sauces, Joe & the Juice with its already famous organic smoothies and M&S Simply Food.
Do you feel like having a sushi plate or ramen bowl? The conveyor belt of Yo! Sushi is waiting for you, and Patisserie Valerie has virtually everything you can think of to satisfy your sweet tooth aftwerwards. And finally, for a relaxed dining experience with beautiful views of St Pancras station, we suggest you try the Italian Carluccio’s (serving authentic Italian cuisine from different regions), the traditional food and wines of Fortnum & Mason and the Booking Office, the English pub “The Betjeman Arms” (which also provides guests with complimentary WiFi), and the exclusive St Pancras Brasserie and Champagne, where you can even enjoy a lovely brunch washed down with a glass of bubbly.
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