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Thursday, 26 July 2018

King's Cross London | The Chic Girl's Guide

What to do Around St Pancras International Station
Okay, so admittedly the title of this post is a little tongue-in-cheek, but I have a theory.  If you're reading my blog, you're most likely also an advocate of looking out for the beauty in life, right?  And that involves soaking up all of the little luxuries and feel-good, elegant adventures along the way.  Well, in my book that makes you chic.  So, if you're curious about the King's Cross/Euston areas of London, but want to experience them in the most Instagrammable way possible, you've come to the right place. Welcome to the ultimate guide of how to spend 24 hours in (and around) King's Cross in the most laid-back kitty-cat way possible; featuring plenty of champagne, neon signs and dramatic floral installations...

S T A T I O N S :

S T .   P A N C R A S   I N T E R N A T I O N A L   S T A T I O N   &   K I N G ' S   C R O S S

Did I ever think I'd be including a station in a travel guide?  Probably not.  But that was before I'd (finally) discovered St. Pancras International.  Swarms of cheerful-looking tourists aside, there's the obvious appeal of a grand structure hovering above you while you work your way through a pastry or two from one of the many cafés.  Then there's the St Pancras Champagne bar, but more on that later. Oh, and of course there's the added excitement of seeing European destinations appear on the screens; hello Amsterdam.  If you're looking for somewhere to instil travel inspiration within you, this is the place.  The central London station sits comfortably on Euston road and puts you in the prime location to make your way to any of your chosen hotels near King's Cross.

Psst!  King's Cross and St. Pancras International are two physically separate railway stations that are next to one another. 
St Pancras Station I Want My Time With You Neon Sign
St Pancras International Station Things To Do While You Wait
St Pancras Station Laduree Macaron ShopTraditional St Pancras International above, King's Cross below.  See what I mean?  King's Cross station is much more modern.  Both buildings are striking in their own way, and which station is your favourite will totally depend on your personal taste.  But in case you were wondering, I'm sitting firmly in the St Pancras International camp...
King's Cross Station Architecture London

U R B A N   A R T W O R K

While wandering out of the station, diet coke bottle in hand in a bid to tackle the day's heat (no complaints here, still a summer fanatic!), I stumbled across London's largest ever example of urban artwork; splashed across the Barclays building by four 'prolific street graffiti artists'.  Pretty impressive.  Especially when you consider I can't even paint my own toenails without going over the cuticles.  It's undoubtedly worth seeing in person should you find yourself in the area, especially if you're a fan of abstract art.  
King's Cross Barclays Building Urban Artwork

G A S H O L D E R   P A R K

My vote for the most tranquil place in King's Cross goes to Gasholder Park.  In a nutshell, the canal-side park is just a stroll from Granary Square and is the perfect example of how (ahem, sometimes) good things can come in small packages!  While there, a fitness class was taking place in the centre of the historic gasholder guideframe, people were sunbathing while eating their lunch and groups of people met before heading off towards the canal.  Combine those sunny situations with an incredible display of mathematically perfect mirrors and you've got yourself a pretty idyllic setting.      

Gasholder Park
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London Travel Blog Gasholder Park Review
Gasholder Park Instagrammable Mirrors King's Cross
Gasholder Park King's Cross Mirror Installation
London Lifestyle and Travel Blog Guide King's Cross


G E R M A N   G Y M N A S I U M

Swoooon.  And that's just for the apple strudel!  An historic former gym, transformed into a modern, all-day Grand Café and bar serving Mittel-European cuisine.  The vibe is both grand and inviting, in a 'favourite cashmere cardigan' kind of way.  You know you're in a luxurious place and yet you feel entirely comfortable, particularly once you've experienced the cheerful German folk music playing in the ladies.  I won't lie, mentally it took me back to the Christmas markets in Köln, a place I'll always welcome into my daydreams.  

German Gymnasium
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German Gymnasium Aerial View London Lifestyle Blog
Luxurious Places to Eat in King's Cross London
Apple Strudel German Gymnasium King's CrossOh, and can we take a moment to appreciate the cascading central floral arrangement?!  Should you fancy choosing a table here anytime soon, my advice would be to opt for the cord-fed chicken burger, followed by a ridiculously good helping of apple strudel.  Trust me, you won't regret it.
German Gymnasium King's Cross Central Floral Arrangement
German Gymnasium King's Cross London Blog Review
German Gymnasium Central Purple Floral Arrangement

R E G E N T ' S   C A N A L   A T   K I N G ' S   C R O S S

Ever since watching The Queen's Nose as a child, I've had a bit of a 'thing' about canals.  That program was the most entertaining thing about being nine years old, as well as the most terrifying, due to a scene that saw someone tied to the side of a canal and nearly drowned.  Ooh, dramatic stuff.  Thankfully, Regent's Canal proved to be much less of a threat this time around.  Lined with barges complete with flowers and enthusiastic owners, it's a pretty nice aspect of the King's Cross area.  At this time of year, you can expect it to be busy throughout the day, particularly the popular grass steps.  Dodge the crowds by heading just a little further up the canal, where you'll come across plenty of low-rise walls to sit on to enjoy your club sandwiches.    
Regent's Canal King's Cross Fashion Blogger
Regent's Canal in Summer 2018
King's Cross Regent's Canal Pretty Red Barges
Regent's Canal London Barges Fashion Blogger
Keep it chic by: not throwing yourself into the canal and paddling around the barges.  No, seriously though on a warm summer's afternoon, walking alongside the canal is a pretty lovely activity and one enjoyed by locals and tourists alike.  There are also plenty of restaurants overlooking the water here, many with outdoor seating allowing you to get up close and personal with the barges.  So, for any barge-enthusiasts out there...
London Regent's Canal in Summer 2018
Fashion Blogger London Regent's Canals
London Regent's Canal Barges Travel Blog Review
Regent's Canal Things to do in King's Cross

S T .  P A N C R A S   C H A M P A G N E   B A R   B Y   S E A R C Y S

Okay, if you're looking for a 'picture-perfect film moment' while in the King's Cross and Euston area, you need to head upstairs at St Pancras International.  The Champagne Bar sits prettily within the iconic location and does so with glamour, as Europe's longest Champagne bar.  The Art Deco design creates a warm and luxurious ambience, while the 'Press for Champagne' button enables you to act out your greatest Instagram fantasies.  Ooh.  One thing's for sure, it serves as the perfect, elegant end to a day spent in the area, before catching your train home... 

St Pancras International Station
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St Pancras Station Champagne Bar Review
St Pancras Champagne Bar by Searcys Lifestyle Blog Review
Champagne Bar Olives in a Bowl
St Pancras Champagne Bar by Searcys London Blog Review
I feel as though St Pancras Champagne Bar is the perfect location to sit and plan your next adventure with your friend/partner; whoever you're enjoying champagne with.  Every airport has the ability to remind you that at any point you can pack a bag and go explore an entirely new place, but only a few stations share that quality - St Pancras International is one of them.  I've been bitten by the travel bug, and not even a bowl of olives can distract me from that...
St Pancras Champagne Bar London Blog Review
Press For Champagne St Pancras Champagne Bar
Club 150 Champagne Bar St Pancras Station
St Pancras Station Champagne Bar Blog Review
So, there we have it; the chic girl's guide to spending a short while in the King's Cross area!  It's incredible just how many things there are to do within an area once you start looking.  Needless to say, no one guide is going to cover all of the incredible sights - but if you're looking for an elegant way to pass the time in and around King's Cross?  Get ticking these points off your itinerary!  I'm so looking forward to hearing your thoughts on this travel guide; has anything in particular caught your eye?  Let me know in the comments below!

Liked this post?  You might also enjoy >> 48 Hours In Torquay | South Coat Staycation

With love,

Gabrielle x


This post was made in collaboration with Hotels.com!

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41 comments

  1. I know Kings Cross like the back of my hand so it's so nice to see someone elses perspective of it. These photos are so wonderful and this is a really cool idea for a blog post. I love how there are so many things in London to do to the point that one small area has so much to offer which you show clearly haha

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  2. I've been a Londoner all my life and I've never been to Kings Cross, nuts! I really should have a little wonder :)

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  3. Cute pics, and such a great idea for next time I'm in London !!

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  4. I was blown away by the beautiful photos and your lovely outfit - you know I'm a fan of maxi dresses, especially in summer! But then I laughed at the 'press for champagne' button, what a fun feature for the bar! :)

    Hope you are having a great week so far! It's been a busy one here.

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  5. It's every Potterhead's dream to be there. Mine too!

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  6. I'm really amazed to see the beauty of this place. All pictures are fabulous. I love your black maxi dress. I love wearing maxi in summer. You are loking effortlessly beautiful in all pictures <3
    Love!
    Have a lovey day <3
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  7. Ah such gorgeous pictures Gabrielle! Who knew there was so much to discover near Kings Cross! I absolutely love the look of those gardens, the mirrors make it so beautiful and I'd totally forgotten about The Queen's Nose so thanks for the nostalgic reminder, I used to love it!
    Amy xx
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  8. A walk by the canal looks lovely, especially now with the heat. Anything that is close to the water sounds very appealing.

    Anne - Linda, Libra, Loca

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  9. You know, my list of places to visit when I go back to London has been getting increasingly bigger! It is as if I'm going to have to spend two months there to get to see all these amazing sites, explore these areas of the city, and try out all these fabulous restaurants. My previous trip to the country won't do this new one anything of justice. The German Gymnasium seems fabulous and I love the idea of a former gymnasium being turned into a cafe. With those high ceilings I'd be in paradise! Thanks for this guide Gabrielle :)

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  10. I go through St Pancras all the time travelling from London to Paris, and I have to say I love the station - and especially the shops and restaurants around there! Also, the Renaissance hotel looks like a dream and I wish I could stay there one night just to see the beautiful staircase... A girl can dream!

    Julia x
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  11. Wow this place is stunning and you look gorgeous in this outfit! ❤

    xoxo,
    Jessica
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  12. You have written many many, MANY guides on your blog but this has to be one of the top 3 for me. Wonderfully written and makes me want to head there now.

    Shireen⎜Reflection of Sanity

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  13. Gorgeous pictures and amazing information! I really like your outfit! Thanks for sharing!

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  14. Very nice guide, I love London 👌 perfect pics 😍

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  15. Love this post so much Gabs! It has such a cosmopolitan feel to it. I'm so jealous of all the amazing places you have so close by that aren't in the middle of nowhere (living in the most isolated city in the world gets tough sometimes haha). I can't choose a favourite between the two stations. They both have their own styles and are both beautiful in terms of architecture but Pancras does look super chic! Thanks for sharing this. I love these types of travel posts!

    SHANNON VALLE
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  16. Loving all those places. They look amazing. Makes me want to travel out of the us even more! You look gorgeous as always girl!

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  17. Wow thank you for these lovely impresions.
    London is simply my favorit city and these places are so magical.

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  18. I stayed in Kings Cross a few years ago and this is seriously making me miss it!

    Chloe x
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  19. This is one of my favourite posts from you - absolutely gorgeous and loving the photos as always, absolutely stunning and love your look too! Beautiful and looks like you had an incredible time! :)

    Got to love London when the sun shines!

    Layla x

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  20. Hello Gabrielle
    Wowww what a city guide so beautiful. In fact it's very instagrammable.
    Each place is more beautiful than the other. And you look wonderful, but I can not believe you ate that food ahahah but it looks good in the picture.
    I love seeing in pictures, I don't think I'm going to travel so soon !!
    have a nice weekend !!

    Marisa

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  21. Seriously, who doesn't need a "Press for champagne" button??? Love your visuals - makes me want to travel again! Hope you have a fabulous weekend, love!
    AMY | LITTLE LUXE LOOKBOOK

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  22. How beautiful are all these places! I was in London a few years ago and I definitely missed out on all these spots. Bookmarking this guide in case I get the chance to go back again, thank you for sharing!

    Jenny // Geeky Posh

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  23. Oh very amazing place~ Cute photos!
    xx

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  24. Amazing places food photography you everything so chic and stunning Love this guide xoxo Cris
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  25. Love those candid shots, sweetie! Happy weekend! xoxo

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  26. King's Cross is spectacular. I loved that champagne there so much. Best way to relax and do what I love most and that is go shopping. One thing I do when I travel is head to the shops in the airport on occasion and take a look around. I really love your outfit and that bag is really gorgeous and classy. I hope your having a great weekend. :) http://www.bauchlefashion.com/2018/07/fall-preview-rise-of-ankle-boot.html

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  27. Beautiful photos and some brilliant things to do while you're in the area - thanks so much for sharing all of these ideas! Gorgeous outfit too, you look so chic!

    Heather xoxo
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  28. Such an iconic place! Your photos are gorgeous as always dear. Love the "press for champagne" button, makes life really easier. ha!

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

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  29. Such a nice place!
    I've never been there , but it looks so amazing!!!
    happy Sunday :D
    Olivia Poncelet
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  30. You have made King's Cross come to life for us here In the U.S. who dream of traveling abroad. I love your images and of course all the wonderful information you gave about each location. You made me want to be there!

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    Tania
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  31. What an amazing place to visit! You always take us to best location. This place is amazing. I love the urban art you showed...and the food there looks yummy.

    This all black styling looks so stylish. You always look so pretty and stylish.

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  32. Oh I LOVE your captures! So engaging and makes me feel like I am there. I prefer the older Kings Cross station and Victoria Station too. Here in NY the old Penn Station looked like Kings Cross or Victoria station But it was torn down in the 1960s so some businessmen could make some money. Now it is a urine soaked eye sore. They almost did the same thing with Grand Central station but Jackie Kennedy fought to have it have landmark status.

    You look great out and bout in London!

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  33. Nice to see this guide, your Kings Cross looks chicer than our Kings Cross in Sydney. Though I've never been there for quite sometime too, maybe it has changed let us see. I like that you included a cute café and that building with abstract art.

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  34. Whenever I see King's Cross all I think of is Harry Potter, and it looks so different from the last time I went there.

    PS- you are KILLING it with your outfits lately, you've been looking extra beautiful lately seriously what is your secret haha

    Julia // The Sunday Mode

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    1. Julia you're literally the cutest; you've made my day haha ;)

      Gabrielle x

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  35. Ughhhhhh!!!!!!!! I wish I had seen this post before I traveled to London. Gabrielle, for as long as I can remember you always have the most beautiful pictures on your blog! You pretty much transported me back to King's Cross and I wish I had an eye to capture its beauty, like you did!!
    -PerlaGiselle
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  36. You always have the most gorgeous photos! They make everything look so much prettier! I've spent time in St. Pancras too when going to Paris. I didn't have a huge time to look round though, which is a shame as I now see how pretty it is!

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  37. King's Cross always has a classic and magical vibe like no other. *runs into the wall for platform 9 3/4*

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  38. Such gorgeous photographs Gabrielle and who would have thought Kings Cross was so utterly gorgeous! It makes the perfect backdrop that's for sure, especially keen on the photographs by the canal boats you look ever so elegant.

    Your chic post has certainly inspired me to visit Kings Cross sometime soon!

    Beautiful you and stunning imagery as always :)

    Laura xo
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