This bank holiday weekend, I took a trip down to London. Just under a year ago, my family and I got tickets to see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at the Palace Theatre, so I decided to make a weekend of it. Unfortunately, trains in and out of Euston were suspended for three days so we had to find an alternative route down. I ended up getting a lift from my brother on Saturday morning and then I decided to get a train to Lincoln on Sunday evening which goes from Kings Cross.
While I was in Kings Cross, I decided to explore the area. There are a lot of hotels near Kings Cross but it isn’t somewhere that I usually go to. As I said, my train usually gets in to Euston and when I lived in Winchester, I would go in to Waterloo. I was surprised at just how much there is to do in the area. I met up with Kariss on Sunday for lunch and a catch up.
Where to eat around Kings Cross
As well as having a few places in Kings Cross and St Pancras train stations, there’s also a lot of choice in the surrounding areas. There’s somewhere for every budget and there’s all types of cuisines to choose from. If you’re after something quick and easy, you can try out Five Guys which is located just opposite Kings Cross station. At just under £15 for a burger, fries and a soft drink, it’s on the pricer side for fast food but definitely worth it! I went here with Kariss who had an oreo milkshake which she thoroughly enjoyed.
If you’re a fan of Indian cuisine, then I highly recommend Dishoom. Dishoom is not your usual Indian restaurant, it focuses on street food. The also have an amazing selection of cocktails. My favourite dish is the Dishoom Chicken Tikka which I’ve been craving ever since I had it! “A family recipe, using a marinade of sweet vinegar, not yoghurt. Laced with ginger juice, turmeric, garlic and green chilli.” I could eat this every day! I also really want to go back one day and try the breakfast menu. I’ve never had an Indian breakfast before and it sounds really nice.
Platform 9 and 3/4 at Kings Cross
If you’re a Harry Potter fan and you’ve ever been to Kings Cross station, then you will have definitely been to the Platform 9 and 3/4 shop. This place is absolute heaven for anyone who’s into Harry Potter, I could spend an absolute fortune. When it’s busy (as it was when we went on Sunday), you may have to queue to get in to the shop. It’s best if you visit first thing in the morning or later on in the evening.
There’s also a photo opportunity next to the shop, where you can pose with a luggage trolley and pretend you’re actually going through to Platform 9 and 3/4 yourself. The queue was massive this weekend, but I did get a photo when I was passing through on my way back from Paris in 2015.
House of MinaLima
For the House of MinaLima, Hop on the Piccadilly Line from Kings Cross and get off at Leicester Square. You will then need to walk for a couple of minutes to Greek Street. House of MinaLima is an exhibition and shop of the graphic art of the Harry Potter films. There’s plenty of things to look at, I took loads of photos when I went. I especially liked the selection of Weasleys Wizard Wheezes prints as seen in the above photo. Another favourite was the Hogwarts letters coming out of the fireplace. There are a lot of prints for sale if you fancy treating yourself. They range in price too, so there’s something for every budget. It’s just around the corner from the Palace Theatre, so you can pop in between the shows like I did.