Known as one of the wonders of Victorian engineering, St. Pancras station has become a hub for international travel, as it offers the services to effortlessly journey across the UK and to several European cities.
Based in the heart of Central London, the St Pancras has ‘more underground connections than any other London station’, and has become a popular destination with locals, as it features a variety of shops, restaurants and charming cafés to entertain those who await their trains.
Beautifully restored and reopened in 2007, London’s magnificent St Pancras has much to offer, like hidden treasures in and around the station gives travellers a perfect way to spend their time — simply store your bags at the luggage storage at St Pancras and try to find some of the stations most thrilling tourist attractions.
The Meeting Place
Also known as Lover’s statue, The Meeting Place is a nine-meter high bronze sculpture that was designed in 2007 by British artist Paul Day. The beautiful statue depicts the romance of travel through the portrayal of a couple in an amorous embrace and was installed at the centre of the renovated station, directly below the Dent Clock.
Art enthusiasts from across the world regularly visit the romantic statue, which has become a staple tourist attraction at the station, therefore if you’re at St Pancras, take a moment to find and appreciate the beloved sculpture.
London Canal Museum
If you are a history enthusiast, then the London Canal Museum is perfect for you. Situated in Kings Cross, the museum offers the opportunity to learn all about the history of London’s canals and those who lived and worked here.
Having opened its doors to the public in 1992, the museum covers all aspects of the waterways in the UK and prides itself in educating those with curious minds on the history of London’s canals.
St Pancras New Church
The Greek Revival church in St Pancras was built in 1819-22 by Isaac Seabrook using the designs of architects William and Henry William Inwood. As it was designed to seat 2,500 people, this quickly became the most expensive church to be built in London since the rebuilding of St Paul’s Cathedral, therefore a visit to this Grade 1 listing is a must.
Built to serve the Bloomsbury region, the church has gathered people from across the world for nearly 200 years, so why not visit this landmark when you’re next in St Pancras?
Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archeology
A part of the University College London Museums and Collections, the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archeology is a treasure trove and one of the largest collections of Egyptian and Sudanese material — perfect for those eager to explore a place of such extreme historical importance.
Established as part of the teaching resources of the Department of Egyptian Archeology and Philology at the University in 1892, you can find the museum at Malet Place, a few minutes from the station. Take a stroll through the museum and discover 7,000 years of life in ancient Egypt and Sudan, as you take a look at the impressive collection of over 80,000 artefacts.
The Shaw Theatre
Located in Sommers Town, in the Borough of Camden, the Shaw Theatre is a part of the four-star Pullman London St Pancras Hotel and will thoroughly entertain you whilst you wait for your train or loved ones.
Originally built in 1971, the Shaw Theatre underwent a complete refurbishment in 2019. With new comfortable, air-conditioned and an intimate 446-seat auditorium, the theatre showcases all manner of shows, from drama, dance, musical theatre and concerts, therefore why not spend some time here?
If you would rather stay on the station’s grounds instead of exploring nearby, then don’t worry as there are plenty of attractions to find within St Pancras. If you wander to the other side of the station, you’ll enter Kings Cross, where you’ll find an enchanting wall, famously known as platform 9 and 3/4. Right next to it you’ll find a Harry Potter shop where you can get plenty of memorabilia — be prepared to queue, as it is quite a popular attraction.
Similarly, why not try to find the psychedelic tunnel, which connects the shops and restaurants at One Pancras Square to Kings Cross station, or the House of Illustration and the British Library where curious minds can find the Magna Carta and Jane Austin’s notebook.
With so many magnificent attractions, it comes as no surprise to see how beloved St Pancras station is, so the next time you’re there, take a look at our list and discover a variety of artistic and cultural treasures.
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